Jonathan Lopez was delivering a speech opposing same-sex marriage in a class at Los Angeles Community College. He quoted the definition of marriage and quoted two passages from the Bible. That's when his professor ordered him to stop, calling the young student a "fascist ***."
Lopez received an evaluation form that lacked a score for the speech. Instead, it reads: "Ask God what your grade is."
Lopez is now suing Professor John Matteson. The Alliance Defense Fund is representing the California student. "Basically, colleges and universities should give Christian students the same rights to free expression as other students," Attorney David Hacker told the Los Angeles Times.
Dean Allison Jones told the Associated Press the complaint is extremely serious in nature and has started a disciplinary investigation.
The more alarming part of this story is that two students who were in the classroom are defending the professor's alleged behavior. Jones told the AP the students were deeply offended by the speech and quoted one student as saying, "this student should have to pay some price for preaching hate in the classroom."
Just because someone believes marriage is between a man and woman makes them a preacher of hate? Really?
The lawsuit comes as California continues to debate same sex marriage -- even after voters passed Prop 8 -- banning such marriages.
Aren't colleges and universities supposed to be places where debate and free speech are encouraged -- especially ones funded by taxpayers?