In an 8-1 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of a former student of Georgia Gwinnett College, Chike Uzuegbunam, after the institute prevented Chike from sharing his faith on campus.
The court ruled that it was in complete “violation” of Chike’s constitutional rights. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was the only Justice who dissented in the final ruling.
In a controversial move the 12,000 student school had set up two small areas on campus where people were allowed to exercise their constitutional right to free speech. But in the end, even these were not free speech zones if a woke student was offended by what was said.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who represented Chike in the lawsuit, the space where the college allowed free speech only represented 0.0015% of the school’s total property.
In 2016, Chike was sharing his faith and distributing leaflets on campus, when he was initially stopped by college security. After being told these type of activities were only allowed in the two free speech zones, Chike then applied for a permit in the “designated speech area,” which he received.
However, security then stopped him from doing that after a college student complained.
The security did it on the grounds that Chike’s activity violated the school’s policy on disorderly conduct if it “disturbs the peace/and or comfort of person(s).”
With the help of ADF, Chike took the case to court stating the school had violated his First Amendment rights.
Chike was joined by fellow student Joseph Bradford who stated that he had censored himself and did not share his faith because of what had happened to Chike.
After lower courts refused to hear the case, because the school changed its policy and argued the free speech lawsuit no longer applied, Chike was forced to take the case to the Supreme Court.
The US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, because the school’s decision to disallow free speech does not negate any harm it previously caused Chike.
But what happened on Georgia Gwinnett College is typical of the changing culture on University campuses.
The Washington Post reported on a survey of 3,000 college students in 2018, that revealed while the majority of students agreed with the principle of free speech, they only did if it didn’t personally offend them. They believe their feelings should be the final determiner on what is allowed in society.
The survey also showed that only 53% agreed that handing out pamphlets on controversial issues was “always” ok.
Unfortunately, these students will one day be the leaders of tomorrow.
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