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Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar

Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar

Georgia Tech’s speech code declared unconstitutional

Ruth Malhotra and Orit Sklar, unleashed all the worst furies of the Left when they stood up in support of their faith and their conservative views on the campus of Georgia Tech. The two united in their vocal opposition to the school's ironclad speech codes, which severely curtailed any student conversation, publications, events, or activities administrators arbitrarily deemed "intolerant." The codes banned free exchange of ideas except in very limited areas of campus, denied student activity funds to clubs and organizations that engaged in 'religious activities,' and officials even instituted a program, "Safe Space," designed to demonize anyone or any group that considered homosexual behavior immoral.

When Ruth and Orit asked the Alliance Defending Freedom to sue Georgia Tech on their behalf, they found themselves mocked, cursed, defamed on posters, and threatened with rape and even murder.

The young women’s courage was rewarded when their case ended victoriously. Georgia Tech was forced to eliminate their anti-religious program and remove the speech code that violated the First Amendment.  This critical outcome serves as a precedent for other schools around the country to abandon their similar speech codes and censorship.

Watch more of the Ruth and Orit interview:

Q&A: Why don't more students speak up?

Q&A: What was your biggest surprise in the midst of this conflict?

Q&A: What happened when you spoke up?

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