As Georgia keeps refusing to pass religious liberty legislation because they keep saying “it’ll never happen here” but it keeps happening time and time again. The state recently settled a lawsuit after firing a doctor over the content of Sunday Christian sermons he had preached, Erik Erickson reported on Thursday.
Now the latest attack against religious liberty in Georgia has occurred when Plaintiff Chike Uzuegbunam, a student at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), sought to distribute Christian religious literature, Gospel, in an open, generally accessible area of the campus outside the library, but GGC required him to stop because he was outside of the two tiny speech zones and because he had not first obtained a permit, yes, a permit to share the Gospel.
As Uzuegbunam tried to share his religious views in one of the speech zones after reserving it for this purpose, the GGC required him to stop because his speech had generated complaints, informed him that his speech constituted “disorderly conduct” because it had generated so-called complaints, and instructed him to use the methods of other religious denominations to communicate his beliefs and viewpoints.
GGC took these actions because of the content and viewpoint of Mr. Uzuegbunam’s expression, was supposedly his expression prompted complaints and they believed it would continue to do so, and because they wanted to pacify those who were or might be offended by his expression. In taking these actions, they implemented the so-called absurd GGC policies, in violating Mr. Uzuegbunam’s constitutional rights, and inflicted irreparable injury upon him.
As Uzuegbunam’s Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys’ pointed out, “This action is premised on the United States Constitution and concerns the denial of Mr. Uzuegbunam’s fundamental and clearly established rights under the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment and the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Georgia Gwinnett College responded back by filing a motion in trying to have the lawsuit dismissed claiming the student plaintiff had spoken “fighting words”, used contentious religious language that, when directed to a crowd has a tendency to incite hostility on campus and had no first amendment protections.”
“The fighting words? The student, Chike Uzuegbunam, went to a free speech zone on campus and shared the gospel and a motion to dismiss, claiming sharing the gospel is akin to fighting words and has no legal protection, “said Erickson.
The lawsuit, filed in December, is here.
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