by Steven Ertelt
April 21, 2005
Boulder, CO (LifeNews.com) — The University of Colorado at Boulder is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a pro-life law firm defending the rights of pro-life students there to set up a display. The firm contends the students were the victims of viewpoint discrimination.
Officials at the University of Colorado frustrated the efforts of pro-life students who wanted to set up a pro-life display at a highly trafficked area of campus. ADF attorneys have written a letter on the students’ behalf to CU officials explaining the group’s constitutional free speech rights.
“It’s ironic that the school that employs Ward Churchill would place unnecessary barriers in the way of free speech," said ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco.
"This student organization, which is fully recognized by the school, does not deserve to get the run-around simply because university officials have deemed the exhibit ‘controversial.’ It’s hypocrisy," Tedesco added.
The campus pro-life group Justice for All submitted a request to university officials on March 14 for use of campus facilities for an outdoor pro-life exhibit on April 18-21.
CU administrators initially objected to the date of the request and then, on April 5, officials denied the group its preferred location. Justice for All used the same location for a previous pro-life display in 2003.
Instead, the university said the student group must used a less traveled area of the campus that was too small to set up the display.
“The university is discriminating against JFA because its event has been deemed ‘controversial’ and because of possible university community reaction to the exhibit,” Tedesco wrote in his April 7 letter to attorneys at CU-Boulder. “This discriminatory treatment of JFA violates the Constitution.”
Pro-life students at the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin found themselves subject to similar discrimination when officials at those colleges prohibited pro-life displays there.
Related web sites:
Alliance Defense Fund – https://www.alliancedefensefund.org
Justice for All – https://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/jfa/who.html