Student sues after university punishes him for sharing faith
"In a June 3 private text conversation with fellow Catholic students, Jack Denton suggested that BlackLivesMatter.com, Reclaim the Block, and the ACLU advocate for causes opposed to Catholic teaching and Catholic students may wish to avoid supporting the organizations financially," ADF explained. "After another student took screenshots of Denton‚Äôs private messages and shared them publicly on social media, student senators mocked and misrepresented his remarks and, after a failed attempt on June 3, removed Denton from leadership as the SGA‚Äôs student senate president on June 5."
But those actions, the case contends, were in violation of the First Amendment, and neither the university nor student government officials addressed the problem....
1 HEAR, O my Lord, regard my cry, My prayer from lips sincere; Send Thine approval from on high, To make my standing clear; And, greatly as my heart is tried, O may I not have turned aside.
2 Lord, I resolve with firm desire No wrong to speak or do; Thy path alone I choose for mine, To walk with purpose true; I cry for help, O Lord, to Thee, Assured that Thou wilt answer me.
3 O keep me, Lord, may I be found The apple of Thine eye; With deadly foes arrayed around To Thee alone I cry: My only trust and refuge be; And let Thy wings o‚Äôershadow me.
4 Guard me from those whose joy and pride And portion is below; Who, with life‚Äôs treasures satisfied, No better purpose know; Who, with earth‚Äôs stores of wealth content, Must leave them all when life is spent.
5 When, clothed in righteousness at last, Thy glorious face I see, When all this weary night is past, And I awake with Thee To view the glories that abide, Then‚ÄĒhow I shall be satisfied!
Some will say, ‚ÄúOh well, he‚Äôs a Catholic, it doesn‚Äôt matter what happens to him.‚ÄĚ Oh yes it does. It matters very much. If a member of one religious group can be punished for discussing his beliefs, then the same could happen to any of us. While I by no means support the Catholic ‚Äúchurch‚ÄĚ and its tenets, I certainly support this young man‚Äôs rights to his beliefs. I hope he wins his lawsuit.