Valentines spark federal lawsuit for free speech

Monday, September 17, 2018
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handing out Jesus valentinesA student has reluctantly sued her school in Wisconsin after officials told her she could not hand out valentines with Bible verses on them.

Polly Olsen has handed out valentines on Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's campus for years to share her Christian faith. But WBAY TV reports that campus security apprehended her this Valentine's Day, telling her she was outside approved speech zones without prior permission.

"This young lady wasn't forcing these valentines on anyone," asserts Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). "She wasn't disrupting class. She was very nice, very gracious. She wanted to share the hope and the love of Christ, and she was doing it in a very constructive way."

Dacus, Brad (PJI)Dacus says the school's policy of designating speech zones and requiring prior permission to use them is a clear violation of Olsen's free speech rights.

"Whenever the government tries to create speech zones, what they're really doing is trying to constrain speech, especially when they require prior permission to even speak in a speech zone and that permission has to come from the government," the PJI president tells OneNewsNow. "This is a clear violation of the First Amendment free speech clause."

Regarding the lawsuit against her school, Olsen says she felt she had to do it because "... if we don't have freedom of speech, then truth can't prevail."

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