A free speech organization is suing a university for arresting students for the “crime” of distributing mini copies of the Constitution.
Nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit in response to the arrest of two members of the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) for handing out pocket-sized copies of the Constitution on the Kellogg Community College campus.
Cliff Maloney Jr., president of YAL, complains that “It is shocking and upsetting to see officials from public colleges refer to our country’s founding document as a threatening solicitation. The blatant disregard for free speech on public campuses is precisely why the words and rights of the U.S. Constitution should be spread far and wide.”
The Daily Caller reports:
In the complaint, YAL and ADF allege that Kellogg’s Solicitation Policy “grants KCC officials unbridled discretion to restrict the content and viewpoint of student speech if it does not ‘support the mission of Kellogg Community College (KCC) or the mission of a recognized college entity or activity.’”
Greene noted that Kellogg teaches courses on the U.S. Constitution, hands out free Constitution copies on Constitution Day, and “takes seriously” any accusation concerning infringement of a student’s freedom of expression. “Under the terms of the Solicitation Policy, the College does not take into consideration the content of speech or solicitation when granting individuals or organizations access, but it does govern the time, place and manner of such activities in accordance with longstanding state and federal laws.”
Travis Barham, legal counsel for ADF, remarked to TheDCNF that under Kellogg’s policy, students can only speak at one designated location on campus. “The only permit that a student needs to speak on campus is the First Amendment,” said the counsel.