By Charlene Aaron
A federal judge has ruled against North Carolina State University over it’s permit policy that requires Christian students obtain a permit to share their faith on campus.
In September, members of Grace Christian Life, which meets on the NC State campus, was denied being able to pass out flyers and invite students to attend worship services.
School officials said the group’s actions violated it’s speech permit policy, which says that students must obtain permission from the Student Involvement Ofice to hand out fliers and brochures or engage with students.
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The Christian group had a registered permit, but when they set up a table, they were told they had to stay behind the table and not approach other students. They would have to wait until a student came up to them.
Grace Christian Life noted other student groups were allowed to leave from behind tables and freely interact with other students.
On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Denver III, issued a preliminary injunction against the school’s policy, saying it violates the students’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Christian group.
“According to the First Amendment, students do not need a permit to talk to other students on college campuses. The only permit a student needs is the First Amendment,” ADF attorney Tyson Langhofer said.
ADF attorneys say the policy is unconstitutional and was used to discriminate against Grace Christian Life.