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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty at NC State University

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty at NC State University

A federal judge has ordered North Carolina State University to discontinue  its policy of requiring students from a Christian group to obtain a permit before meeting together.

CharismaNews.com reports that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the Christian group Grace Christian Life in court.

ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer spoke about the judge’s order:

"Because the only permit required for free speech on a public university campus is the First Amendment, we welcome the court's decision to put a stop to NC State's policy. NC State is acting inconsistently with its own calling as a marketplace of ideas with this unconstitutional restriction on free speech. Students of any political, religious, or ideological persuasion should be able to freely and peacefully speak with their fellow students about their views without interference from government officials who may prefer one view over another."

The case is not completely over, but the judge’s order signals what will likely be a victory for Grace Christian Life and religious freedom. 

It is considered “unlikely” that NC State will appeal the judge’s decision.

Publication date: June 8, 2016

Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.