ADF web site educates college students about First Amendment rights on campus
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Alliance Defense Fund, already an ally for students facing discrimination on college campuses, is intensifying its campaign to protect their First Amendment liberties.
A Web site launched today at www.universitystudentspeech.org alerts students to possible constitutional abuses on campus and provides information on how to combat those actions.
"Everyone agrees that America's college campuses should be the free marketplace of expression, ideas and thought," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jordan Lorence. "Whether those beliefs are considered 'popular' or 'unpopular' is irrelevant - they are protected by the First Amendment."
The project targets five areas of campus policy which may violate students' rights. They include school "nondiscrimination" statements, which many Christian students are forced to sign in violation of their beliefs; the inclusion of "free speech" zones for all, speech codes which restrict the right to express one's views, mandatory diversity training and unnecessary or unfair treatment of religious or faith-based groups.
A six-minute video available on the Web site profiles a University of Oklahoma case in which a Christian student newspaper sued to procure equal funding from the school. ADF represented the organization in its fight.
Teaming with ADF on the University Project are a number of national student organizations, including Campus Crusade, Christian Legal Society, Chi Alpha, Campus Ambassadors, Every Nation Campus Ministries, Intervarsity and The Navigators.
"This project allows ADF to stand with organizations that have a strong presence on college campuses to ensure the rights of students professing religious faith," Mr. Lorence said. "With their help, students will understand that practicing and expressing their beliefs does not demote them to the rank of second-class citizen."
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.