Evangelical student wins $25K free speech lawsuit over right to preach
Virginia taxpayers are footing a $25,000 bill after a public community college stopped a student from preaching on campus.
According to Christian Parks, who identifies as an evangelical Christian, campus police officers at Thomas Nelson Community College stopped him from preaching in a central courtyard on two separate occasions last semester. Campus police cited a policy from 1968 which said that only organizations which were recognized by the college would be allowed to demonstrate on campus. These groups would also be restricted to designated areas.
However, last week in a U.S. District Court, a judge ruled that the Virginia Community College System designates outdoor areas on campus as â€śvenues for free expression,â€ť thus ruling in favor of Parks. The 23 community college campuses that make up the system are therefore not allowed to place limits on free speech....
It is about time that Christians started standing against the stupid liberals. Good that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Parks. Now maybe the liberals will get the message and stop policies that are against the First Amendment.