At the Kellogg Community College in Michigan, three students were arrested for the simple act of handing out U.S. Constitution copies — but the The Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting back.
The community college claims that the the First Amendment was in violation, along with their solicitation policy, which “states that students and others must obtain permission from the school before they engage in any expressive activity anywhere on campus, including distribution of any written material,” according to WND.
Steve Claywell, Jill Booth, Matthew Davis, Reba Harrington, Jonathan Byrd, Jule Camp Seifke and Patrick O’Donnell are names of those the ADF’s lawsuit specifically called out, along with other “members of management staff.”
“The policy is unconstitutional for that reason, and also because it grants college officials too much 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,” ADF said.
“All public colleges — which are supposed to be the ‘marketplace of ideas’ — have the duty to protect and promote the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham. “Ignoring this duty, KCC arrested these club supporters for exercising this freedom, and, ironically, for handing out copies of the very document — the Constitution — that protects what they were doing.”
Watch the arrest take place:
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