NC State University silences Christian students
At NC State University, Christian students are required to get a “permit” before they are allowed to share their faith with classmates. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Students from Grace Christian Life Club who have been prohibited from talking about Jesus on campus without a permit.
Please urge the court to protect freedom of speech and send a message to the administrators at NC State that we will not stand for discrimination against Christian students.
“Our love for Jesus Christ inspires us to serve our classmates, our families, and our communities through activities such as Service Raleigh, providing food and clothing for the homeless, and assisting other local families in need,” said club president Hannalee. “And, if they are interested, we also love sharing our faith with our fellow classmates.”
In September 2015, the student group was told that without a permit, they would be prohibited from approaching other students inside the student union to engage in religious discussions or invite them to attend group events.
“NC State decided that we didn’t have the freedom to share what we believed with people who wanted to learn about it,” said Hannalee. “So now, on this campus that claims to be a place where everyone thrives, we were silenced.”
Grace Christian Life’s lawsuit states, “the courts have well established that a public university can’t require permits in this manner for this kind of speech.” The lawsuit also contends that university officials were selectively censoring this student organization.
This policy at NC State University is wrong and we must be the voice for members of Grace Christian Life Club. As the students themselves have argued, a college campus, of all places, is supposed to be a marketplace of ideas. Please stand with Christian students at NC State University and ask the court to protect freedom of speech and religion!