Denton v. Thrasher

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Description:  Florida State University administrators and student senate officials repeatedly failed to address unconstitutional retaliation against student Jack Denton, the president of the FSU Student Senate, for sharing his personal religious beliefs in private text conversations with other students. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter and then filed a lawsuit after the school failed to address the unconstitutional violation of Denton’s First Amendment freedoms.

FSU reinstates Student Senate president, acknowledges First Amendment violations

Monday, October 26, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, regarding Florida State University’s Student Supreme Court’s decision Monday to reinstate Jack Denton as Student Senate president while his federal lawsuit, Denton v. Thrasher, proceeds:

“We commend the FSU Supreme Court for acting swiftly and decisively to reinstate Jack to his position as FSU’s Student Senate president while his federal lawsuit continues and for acknowledging the violations of his constitutionally protected right to free speech. All students should be able to peacefully share their personal convictions without fear of retaliation. As the FSU Supreme Court concluded, the senators ‘during debate reveal that they were neither tolerant nor respectful’ of Jack’s religious beliefs. Further, the court reasoned, failure to reinstate Jack to his leadership position ‘would only deter participation’ in the university’s student government.”
·        Pronunciation guide: Langhofer (LANG’-hoff-uhr)
The ADF Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to ensuring freedom of speech and association for students and faculty so that everyone can freely participate in the marketplace of ideas without fear of government censorship.
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Monday, October 26, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2020-10-09: Court: FSU wrong to remove student from senate president position over his Catholic beliefs
  • 2020-09-28: Court to consider whether Florida university violated student’s right to free speech
  • 2020-09-01: FSU student sues school, student govt for punishing him for privately sharing his Catholic convictions
  • 2020-07-22: FSU student appeals student govt. decision punishing him for privately sharing Catholic convictions


  • Jack Denton: Religious discrimination should have no place at FSU (Tallahassee Democrat, 2020-10-18)
  • Jack Denton: Cancel culture kicked me out of my college job simply because I was Catholic (Daily Wire, 2020-09-13)
  • Jack Denton: I was ousted as Student Senate president for my Catholic faith—Now I’m taking a stand (CNS News, 2020-09-02)

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