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A campus police officer approached Chike Uzuegbunam. The officer said that someone had complained and told Chike to stop what he was doing.
Chike wasn’t protesting an event or shouting down a speaker. He was simply sharing the Gospel with fellow students at his college. And he was doing so peacefully.
But campus officials blocked his speech at every turn.Support Chike
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How did this happen?
First, they confined Chike to two small speech zones that made up less than 0.0015 percent of campus and were only open 18 hours a week. These restrictions were not only unfair but also unconstitutional. Still, Chike did what the college officials requested.
But that wasn’t enough. When Chike began sharing the Gospel during his reserved time in one of the speech zones, a campus police officer told him to stop speaking publicly because someone had complained.
This is unacceptable.
Government officials—such as college administrators and campus police—have no business silencing a student’s speech. College campuses are free speech zones.
With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Chike decided to take a stand for freedom. (See below as Chike shares why we must protect freedom of speech for everyone.) But so far, college officials have avoided accountability for violating Chike’s constitutional right to free speech. The lower courts wrongly dismissed Chike’s case, giving the college officials a free pass by refusing to acknowledge that they violated Chike’s rights.
Chike deserves justice. And we must ensure government officials don’t get a free pass any time they trample someone’s constitutional rights. Whether it’s Chike’s rights, your rights, or anyone else’s. Freedom must be protected.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard Chike’s case on January 12—and we’re praying for a victory.
But this work to protect freedom of speech and defend people of faith like Chike is only possible with God’s blessing and your continued prayers and support.
Generous Ministry Friends have given a $70,000 grant to challenge you to raise your voice for freedom. They know how critical it is that government officials are held accountable for violating our constitutional rights.
If you feel strongly that America must remain a nation that protects and celebrates free speech, and all constitutional freedoms, please rise to the challenge and take your stand for freedom today.
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