Last year, a student was barred by her school administrators from handing out Jesus-related valentines.
So this year she did it again, and they still banned her from handing them out.
But she had enough, and what she is doing next has the school sweating bullets.
In 2018, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Polly Olsen, began handing out valentines cards that said “Jesus Loves You.”
Then a school official told her she wasn’t allowed and threatened her if she did not stop.
So this year, Polly decided to do it again, and school officials still told her that she wouldn’t be allowed to hand out cards that tell people that Jesus loves them.
So now she is suing the school for attacking her constitutional rights.
Campus Reform writes:
Last Valentine’s Day, Polly Olsen, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, was reprimanded by staff after passing out religiously themed valentines on campus.
Handing out the heart-shaped cards, which included phrases like “Jesus Loves You” and “You are loved and cared for! 1 Peter 5:7,” Olsen was stopped by a security officer for “suspicious activity.”
Wanting to keep alive a Valentine’s tradition started by her late mother, Olsen was informed by university officials that the religious valentines violated the school’s ban on soliciting, a term that implies the selling of something, which Olsen was not doing. Now, after suing the college for violating her First Amendment rights, Olsen spoke exclusively with Campus Reform to share details on the situation.
“So this time, we’re going to court,” Olsen said.
When asked what sort of outcome she’s hoping for, Olsen said “I’m hoping the judge sees that this is cut and dry. It’s a no brainer that this is a constitutional right, and that discrimination did happen.” In closing, Olsen added that she hopes “other people are able to use my case to stand up for their rights and not back down even though everyone tells them to.”
Olsen is right that this should be a no-brainer for the judge.
There is no defense for telling students they can’t hand out “Jesus Loves You” cards on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter.
The only reason they are telling her “no” is because she promotes a Christian message.
A Muslim could hand out cards that say “Mohammed Loves You” and no one would bat an eye.
An Atheist could even hand out cards that say “There is no god” and they would still be praised.
This is a clear example of the double standard Christians face on college campuses today.
Administrators and professors alike tell their students they need to shut up about their faith and suck it up.
But this is clearly a violation of the constitutional rights given to every student, regardless of what they believe.
And the school may end up ruing the day they ever told a Christian student to be silent and obey their ridiculous “rules.”
Do you think Olsen should be allowed to hand out Christian Valentine’s Day cards?
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