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FLORIDA, May 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A major U.S. University has settled a lawsuit with one of its former Catholic students who was removed from his position as student union president because he spoke out against leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter.
According to a Daily Caller News Foundation report, Jack Denton will receive a total of $10,000 in damages along with $1,050 in retroactive pay from Florida State University (FSU), who a week ago settled its months long lawsuit with him.
In addition to paying out damages, FSU has been ordered to put a statement saying that the school will be committed to protecting every student “no matter their religion.”
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, who represented Denton, said in the Daily Caller News Foundation report that “If you stand against cancel culture, you can win.”
“Cancel culture is scary and it’s very active, but Jack shows that if you stand, you can win,” said Langhofer.
Denton has since graduated from FSU, but his ordeal with the university began almost a year ago.
Denton said that FSU’s student senate voted him out as president in June of 2020 because he spoke along the lines of his “Catholic doctrine in a private group chat,” that it was not advisable to support leftist groups such as BlackLivesMatter.com, Reclaim the Block, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“When one of my fellow members of the Catholic Student Union sent a message asking us to financially support causes that were contrary to our Catholic faith, I felt the need to point out the discrepancy,” Denton told LifeSiteNews last year.
“And without my permission, she took screenshots of what I said, and sent them to members of the Student Senate, who then removed me from my position as Student Senate president for simply stating well-known Catholic doctrines in a private group chat.”
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
Please SIGN this petition to demand that U.S. embassies around the world fly the American flag ONLY!
According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition demanding that the U.S. Department of State rescind permission to fly the BLM flag at U.S. embassies around the world.
Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
The State Department may be contacted by email at this webpage: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
The Office of the Secretary of State may be contacted at this telephone number: 202-647-4000
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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In August of 2020, Denton and his legal counsel at the ADF filed a federal lawsuit against FSU school administrators Denton, so that he could get his job and reputation reinstated.
Denton’s lawyer Langhofer argued that his First Amendment rights were violated, saying in the Daily Caller report that the lawsuit “could have been avoided if the university had the courage to stand up and say this was not right.”
In October, U.S. District judge Justice Allen Winsor ruled that should Denton be reinstated as president, it would cause “tumult and chaos,” but agreed that his constitutional right to free speech had been violated.
As a result of Justice Winsor’s ruling, Denton’s lawyer Langhofer began to negotiate with the school to agree upon an adequate settlement.
Denton had the support of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and its Bishop William Wack. “Bishop Wack expressed how proud he was of Mr. Denton and told him that he was praying for him,” Sharmane Adams, the director of communications for the Florida diocese told LifeSiteNews last year. “Bishop Wack also offered any kind of assistance that Mr. Denton needed.”