Dustin Buxton was a student at the Community College of Baltimore County. On two occasions he applied to a selective admission program in radiation therapy. Both times, he was denied admission to the program.

He learned that his application score had been lowered by one administrator because in answer to a question about the source of his morals he briefly mentioned his Christian faith. A federal district court dismissed Buxton’s complaint as failing to state a claim. He is now appealing to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The National Association of Evangelicals joined the Christian Legal Society in an amici brief arguing that the college impermissibly violated Buxton’s free speech rights and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. If the district court ruling stands, the government would have validation that it can discriminate against religious and other viewpoints that it disfavors.