Alliance Defending Freedom: A significant win in the war on freedom of speech was won on in a lawsuit between a student-led Christian group (Ratio Christi) and Kennesaw State University. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) settled on behalf of the group with KSU that includes changing its restrictions on its speech zone, students will be allowed to speak freely in all outdoor areas of campus, and the university will pay a monetary sum to both ADF and Ratio Christi.
Excerpt from Alliance Defending Freedom:
On at least one occasion, university officials assigned Ratio Christi to the speech zone because they determined that its message was “controversial,” even though no one was using the location the group originally requested. An official had also told Ratio Christi that it could use its requested area of campus only if it was willing to remove from its display certain posters expressing a pro-life message; otherwise, it would be relegated to the inferior zone. This year, officials once again moved Ratio Christi’s pro-life display to the speech zone due to its content.
“The First Amendment exists precisely to protect speech that government officials think is controversial,” said ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom.