University drops ‘no contact’ orders against conservative for expressing ‘unwelcome’ beliefs

University drops ‘no contact’ orders against conservative for expressing ‘unwelcome’ beliefs

A Southern Illinois University campus has rescinded its no-contact orders against a conservative student who had shared a world view deemed “unwelcome” by other students, reports Campus Reform:

After a Feb. 23 letter from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys threatened legal action, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) recently dropped its “no contact” orders against a graduate student who had shared her religious and political views.

Campus Reform reported on the university’s issuance of three “no contact orders” against SIUE art therapy graduate student Maggie DeJong after several of her classmates characterized her speech as “harassment” and “microaggressions.”

ADF media relations specialist Ellie Wittman told Campus Reform that one of the reasons DeJong was issued these orders was because of a statement she made during a text exchange between DeJong and a fellow student.

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“My personal held beliefs are grounded in objective truth by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” DeJong had reportedly said.

An art project titled the “Crushing Weight of Microaggressions” hanging at SIUE included DeJong’s exact quote from the text conversation.

Earlier, the Daily Caller reported:

The letter states that DeJong’s “No Contact Order” “is not an indication of responsibility for a violation of University policy,” rather it was created to prevent “perceived” actions that are “unwelcome.”

DeJong told the Daily Caller that she could not think of a singular event that could lead to this escalation. The master’s student said she believes her “worldview is a minority of thought” on the school’s campus and said a student used her words for an art project on “microaggressions.”

One of the students named in the “No Contact Order” direct messaged DeJong on Instagram the previous semester questioning her Christian faith.

“My personal held beliefs are grounded in objective truth by the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” DeJong said in response to her classmate.

The same student then created an art project titled, “Crushing Weight of Microaggressions,” which included the exact sentence that DeJong had messaged her classmate the previous semester. The project was released after the “No Contact Order” was put in place.

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