College Seeks to Maintain Unlawful Speech Code

Ad Feedback

A California college student is getting his day in court after his professor ridiculed him for speaking about Christianity in a classroom speech.

Student Jonathan Lopez said his teacher gave the class an open-ended speech assignment, but accused him of offending others when he talked about his faith.

Jordan Lorence, attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, appeared on Thursday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to give more insight on the case.

Click play to watch the interview.

The professor cut off his speech and wrote, "Ask God what your grade is," on Lopez's evaluation sheet. Lopez was a student in the Los Angeles Community College District at the time.

Wednesday's hearing focused on the district's speech code. That policy prohibits students from creating an "offensive" environment on campus.

"A public college shouldn't penalize Christian students for expressing their beliefs, let alone seek to enforce policies that have already been found unconstitutional," said Alliance Defense Fund Litigation Staff Counsel David J. Hacker, who presented arguments at the hearing.

"If the L.A. Community College District truly cares about its students' rights, it will cease its attempts to undermine their protections guaranteed by the First Amendment," he added.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  

CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

 CBNNews.com

CBNNews.com

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.