Anugrah Kumar – April 22, 2017
In response to a First Amendment lawsuit against it, Georgia Gwinnett College argues that it removed a Christian preacher from campus because his speech, though made in a “free speech zone,” rose to the level of “fighting words.
“Student Chike Uzuegbunam’s discussion of his Christian faith led to “fighting words” and he “used contentious religious language that, when directed to a crowd, has a tendency to incite hostility,” the school says in a motion filed earlier this month seeking to dismiss the case, according to Campus Reform.
On behalf of the Christian student, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit in December challenging the school’s restrictive speech policies, after Uzuegbunam was banned several times from discussing his faith even in an area designated by the school as a free speech zone.
“While touting commitments to ‘diversity’ and ‘open communications,’ Georgia Gwinnett College confines the speech of students to two ridiculously small speech zones and then censors the speech that occurs in those areas,” ADF wrote in the lawsuit.