A Colorado college lost its cool over a couple of Bible verses and now faces a legal challenge to its authority to censor the speech of a graduate, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF said Thursday its lawyers filed a lawsuit after the Colorado School of Mines in Golden offered donors to an athletic facility the opportunity to put a message on a nameplate but rejected a donor’s request for a reference to a Bible verse. “Public colleges and universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas, especially in a forum like this.

The school initially imposed no restrictions – or even guidelines – on the type of message a donor could include, and contrary to what the school is arguing, the First Amendment protects – not restricts – a simple reference to a Bible verse,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “It’s patently ridiculous to argue that a Bible reference that doesn’t include the text of the verse is somehow inappropriate simply because someone might look it up and see that ‘Lord’ is mentioned there,” she said. School officials declined to comment. CONTINUE