University of Idaho must pay $90,000 to settle free speech lawsuit filed by ADF on behalf of Christian law students and professor after Civil Rights Investigation Bureau school has issued “no contact” orders against them.
According to a report from Colombian.
In addition to paying $90,000, the university also canceled the “no-contact” prescriptions as part of the settlement.
The group, which was represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed a lawsuit in April, claiming that the university had unlawfully punished them for expressing their religious beliefs, including their support for the traditional idea that the marriage is between a man and a woman.
The ADF explained that the university issued the no-contact orders after a student took offense to the group’s requirement that its officers agree with the Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Moreover, after disclosing this information, the beliefs of the Christian Legal Society were also publicly denounced by the student and several others during a panel with the American Bar Association.
“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s school leaders, judges, and administrators, so it’s imperative that college leaders model the First Amendment freedoms they are meant to teach their students,” the statement said. ADF lead attorney Tyson Langhofer in a statement.
“We are pleased to settle this matter favorably on behalf of Peter, Mark, Ryan and Professor Seamon, and hope it will encourage all public universities across the country to support the constitutionally protected freedom of students and faculty to share their deep experience had beliefs on campus,” Langhofer added.
Christian Legal Society lawyer Laura Nammo also reacted to the settlement, saying, “If we’re going to fix the current culture of political polarization, conversations between people with different viewpoints are essential.”
“The censorship of these conversations by university officials unnecessarily exacerbates polarization and harms the ability of all students to learn from each other,” Nammo added.
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