Mya Little had applied to be an associate justice on the University of Houston's Student Government Association (SGA) Supreme Court. In her opening address, Little repeatedly emphasized her Christian beliefs after opening her speech with a Bible verse.
"I read that scripture months ago, and it really inspired me," Little told the campus newspaper, The Cougar, which did not identify what Bible verse she quoted. "It made me realize that the world to me, and in my eyes, is made out of love."
The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down Roe v. Wade just days before the interview likely exacerbated the opposition that arose because of Little's Christian beliefs. During an unmoderated caucus, several student senators immediately objected to what they saw as Little's potential for bias.
Vince Ellison of the Project 21 black leadership network submits that it would have been fine if she had disclosed her devotion to any other religion.
"They have a problem with Christianity," he tells AFN. "They don't have a problem with anything that is against Christianity. They truly believe in this concept that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so they believe that any other religion outside of Christianity is okay."
He says this is another example of the Left's disregard for the First Amendment.
"They think they have a mandate, [but] this is going to get turned around," Ellison asserts. "I'm part of the effort to turn it around. We're going to stop them in their tracks, and I'm glad that this young lady is fighting back."
The College Fix reports that while Zachary Greenburg of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) would not comment specifically on the situation, he did write in an email that the school's administration needs to step in to ensure that all students' free speech rights are protected.
"Generally, the student governments of public universities, like the University of Houston, are bound by the First Amendment. Their actions must comport with the First Amendment, meaning that they are legally bound to protect students" free speech rights," he wrote. "Student governments must also adhere to their own policies and procedures, usually enshrined in their bylaws and constitutions."
According to Greenburg, when a student government fails to uphold its own rules and First Amendment obligations, that is when the university administration must step in.