SFSU sued for investigating stomping of flag with Allah’s name

July 9, 2007

San Francisco State University was sued for allegedly violating students’ right to free speech when it investigated an incident during which students stomped on flags bearing the name of Allah.

The Alliance Defense Fund and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs—the College Republicans club and two of its members.

The case charges the university with having violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights by dragging them through a five-month investigation and campus tribunal after they stepped on Hamas and Hezbollah flags during an anti-terrorism rally. The flags bear the Muslim name for God, Allah...