College Seeks to Maintain Unlawful Speech Code

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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.

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