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Maggie DeJong

DeJong v. Pembrook

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While a graduate student in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Art Therapy program, Maggie DeJong, like many other students, posted materials to her social media accounts, sent messages to fellow students, and engaged in class discussions on an array of topics. But because DeJong’s views often differed from those of other students in the program, views informed by her Christian faith and political stance, several of her fellow students reported her speech to university officials. The officials then issued no-contact orders against DeJong, prohibiting her from having “any contact” or even “indirect communication” with three fellow graduate students who complained that her expression of religious and political viewpoints constituted “harassment” and “discrimination.” DeJong is suing the university for violating her civil and constitutional rights because of her viewpoint.


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Gregg Walters
Gregg Walters
Senior Counsel
Gregg Walters serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a member of the Center for Christian Ministries. Walters focuses his efforts on protecting the religious freedoms of churches, parachurch groups, and religious schools.