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Sidewalk messages cause controversy at EKU

An invitation from one group is causing students and faculty at one university to take a second glance at the ground.

Messages from a secular group have been written on sidewalks across EKU. While the writings are drawing some controversy, school officials say it's all about freedom of speech. A group at EKU called the Secular Coalition is wanting to promote Hug An Atheist Day, but not everyone on campus is embracing all the sidewalk messages. Some students say some religious groups have rubbed students the wrong way and they may be the ones to have drawn the reaction.

George Gallien is the director of the Multicultural Student Affairs Department. He says the school wants to support all faiths and religious backgrounds. School officials insist that unless someone's life is in danger, speech is protected on campus.

The president of the Secular Coalition of EKU tells Newsfirst, the group is "strongly trying to avoid insulting others."


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