The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a student who was stopped from sharing his faith at a college in Georgia.
Breitbart News reports that lower courts dismissed a lawsuit against Gwinnett College because the school changed their unconstitutional policy before the case was heard. But Tyson Langhofer, director of Alliance Defending Freedom's (ADF) Center for Academic Freedom, says this case has another legal question that needs answering.
"This case is unique in the question it presents," Langhofer comments. "The question presented is whether a government official that violates someone's constitutional rights should get off from any liability if that person didn't suffer any monetary harm."
OneNewsNow reported when ADF requested the Supreme Court's deliberation after two federal courts declined to address the case of students Chike Uzuegbunam and Joseph Bradford. Now the court will look at how many schools sidestep culpability by revising their policies before the trial begins.
"What schools do is they consistently violate rights, and then if you challenge the policy, they say, 'Okay, we'll just change the policy,'" the attorney observes. "And then there's no ruling by the court; there's no holding them accountable. And if they want to modify their policy back, they have the ability to do that."
Uzuegbunam decided to file a lawsuit when school officials prevented him from sharing his Christian faith.