Religious Liberty

Cases

FIRE wrote to the University of Rhode Island on behalf of student organizations that had been denied funding because they were deemed “political.” Read more


Religious Liberty

In February 2012, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy was told that NOVA was “unable to fund any student organizations with a political agenda.” NOVA policies additionally prohibited any student group “with a political or religious affiliation” from receiving funding from student activity fees. FIRE reminded NOVA in... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

The Vanderbilt chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) was told in April 2011 that recognition of its constitution would be "deferred," and Vanderbilt claimed that the group's Statement of Faith violated university policies. Read more


Free Speech

The Student Association Senate at Northern Illinois University twice denied recognition to the NIU chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) because of the group’s viewpoint, its alleged “political” activities, and failing to show sufficient “respect” for the Senate. Following the first denial of recognition, the Senate made matters much worse by defining “political”... Read more Read more


Religious Liberty

Wright State University has agreed to grant recognition to the Campus Bible Fellowship (CBF) for the 2009-2010 academic year, reversing its previous decision to rescind the CBF’s official club recognition because of its requirement that voting members “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior,” among other faith-based requirements written into the club’s constitution. Despite the... Read more Read more


Religious Liberty

After months of pressure from FIRE, Pace Law School approved the constitution of the Christian Law Students Association (CLSA), allowing the group to pursue its religious mission. CLSA leader Cari Rincker tried to form a chapter of the national Christian Legal Society (CLS), calling her group the Pace Christian Legal Society (PCLS). In accordance with... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Emily Brooker sued Missouri State University (MSU) after she was threatened with expulsion and charged with violating MSU’s “Standards of Essential Functioning” for refusing to lobby the Missouri legislature on behalf of homosexual adoption. The lawsuit was settled in her favor. An outside investigation of the School of Social Work found ideological coercion on the... Read more Read more



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