Brother Jim on Meridian

Today’s Meridian has the latest on the pending lawsuit between travelling evangelist James Giles, better known as “Brother Jim,” and Murray State University.

In October 2004, Brother Jim exercised his freedom of speech with a religious message that angered students, faculty and staff. From the Curris Center, he lashed out at many organizations on campus, including sororities and fraternities. He was asked to relocate to the sidewalk under the bridge on Chestnut Street.

Brother Jim now accuses the university of violating his freedom of speech.

According to Student Affairs, Murray State does not have free speech zones, places where any outside speaker is allowed to speak.
The University solicitation policy states that any on-campus speaker must be sponsored by a student organization or faculty member. Brother Jim was not sponsored.

The University has a no-tolerance policy which states, “the University is committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others.”

Did Bro. Jim cross that line?
Chad Lampe talks with Brother Jim today at noon on Meridian.  Tune in or listen online at


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