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Lord, we pray that U.S. college campuses will once again become a place of free thinking and speech.

If you live in Alabama, Florida or Georgia, your public officials can violate your constitutional rights with no legal repercussions as long as they change those unconstitutional policies after you sue them.

That’s because the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College for twice blocking a Christian student from sharing his faith on public grounds – even when he relocated to its tiny “free speech zone.”

It’s alone among 13 federal appeals courts in giving public officials the green light to violate the constitutional rights of individuals so long as they revise those policies during litigation, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.

The public interest law firm wants to put a stop to consequence-free constitutional infringements by petitioning the Supreme Court to overturn the 11th Circuit.

The mootness issue was teed up a year and half ago by a federal district court, which ruled that since Chike Uzuegbunam had already graduated by then and the college had reined in its speech-squelching policies several weeks after he sued, there was no dispute left to resolve.

The 11th Circuit upheld the baffling logic – pretending that colleges won’t reinstitute unconstitutional policies after the legal threat has passed – last summer. It’s not just a typical three-judge panel that ignored clear Supreme Court precedents: The full 12-judge court denied a rehearing.

A current student, Joseph Bradford, is a co-plaintiff because the college’s pre-litigation actions against Uzuegbunam – slapping him with “disorderly conduct” while in the free speech zone, because he offended someone – have chilled Bradford’s plans to engage in similar evangelism.

“Most federal courts will decide the constitutional question even if the government changes its policy because doing so prevents future misconduct and vindicates the essential freedoms that the Constitution protects,” the alliance wrote Friday. The brief says:

[T]he Eleventh Circuit’s outlier view allows these institutions to violate constitutional rights with impunity—avoiding judicial review through a well-timed policy shift. This rule sends a clear message to students when school officials trample their freedoms: “Don’t bother retaining counsel; we know how to game the legal system.” And it signals that colleges can keep censoring students without consequence, without clarifying the law, and with the cover of qualified immunity [which shields public officials from liability unless the law is already “clearly established” that their actions were wrong]. This Court should intervene and declare that federal courts remain open to everyone when colleges violate students’ constitutional rights.

(Excerpt from The College Fix. Article by Greg Piper.)


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  1. Father,
    Again we see rogue judges and the impact of elections. I pray for this issue to go to the Supreme Court so that it can be addressed to impact colleges and universities across the nation. Help those who are legally representing these students and others like them. I pray that they would be heard by judges that stand in the constitution rather than those who fail to uphold the law and our freedoms. I pray for Christian students across the nation to speak out even if it costs them. Grant them protection and strength.I pray that churches would be faithful to pray for them and to publicly take a stand with them. May we be faithful to stand together for the sake of your name and the ongoing freedom of speech in this nation.

  2. These are things happening in “The Bible Belt” so I can only imagine how much worse it is for the rest of the country. God, help us! And bless these students who love others enough to boldly share their faith in the face of persecution. Help other students to come alongside them and encourage their faith. Bring revival to campuses all across this nation. Amen

  3. Father God, please bless the work Alliance Defending Freedom is doing in our nation to protect religious liberty. Grant them favor and provide all the resources they need to accomplish Your will.
    Transform the 11th circuit court so that it is filled with judges who make decisions that uphold our Constitution.
    It is so difficult to be a Christian college student today. We pray for Your encouragement, strength, and boldness to come upon them. Give them great wisdom and discernment. LORD, please pour out Your blessings on The Leadership Institute as they provide training and support to these Christian and conservative college students.
    I pray for the institution of education in America to be cleansed of everything opposed to You and Your ways. I pray that You raise up mature godly leaders in the field of education and use them to transform our schools and colleges to be places of true wisdom and knowledge.
    I ask this for the sake of our children, grandchildren and future generations in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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