While I wish I could say that North Carolina State University’s speech code has been in the news for its merits, the opposite is actually true.
You see, NC State’s speech policy requires students to get a permit for simply talking to one another in the student union, which is a major violation of the First Amendment.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Grace Christian Life, a Christian student group at NC State, in a lawsuit against the school because the group was told they could only talk to other students about their beliefs and invite them to their group’s events if they stood behind a table in the student union.
Not only that, but the school inconsistently applied this speech policy to other groups, which were allowed to walk around and speak freely in other areas of campus.
Yet, NC State used this policy to suppress the speech of this Christian group.
Over the weekend, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on the speech policy, meaning the university cannot require its students to get a permit to exercise their right to free speech.
“NC State is acting inconsistently with its own calling as a marketplace of ideas with this unconstitutional restriction on free speech,” said ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer. “Students of any political, religious, or ideological persuasion should be able to freely and peacefully speak with their fellow students about their views without interference from government officials who may prefer one view over another.”
See what news outlets have to say about this victory!
- Conservative Review: A Federal Judge Had to Tell NC State They Can't Deny Students of Free Speech
- Politico: Christian Students See Win in North Carolina
- The College Fix: Court suspends NC State policy that bans Christians from evangelizing without permission
- The Daily Signal: Judge Rules in Favor of Christian Student Group Against NC State’s ‘Speech Permit’
- The Washington Times: Federal court halts N.C. State speech policy used to stifle Christians