http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuV1S8yvSBg&feature=youtu.be 

This student gets arrested for opposing a campus preacher who is practically yelling. He gets ready to say something and the campus security gets on his ass for simply wanting to say something to the campus preacher. Can you say ridiculous?

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I would so love those pigs to arrest me. Bring it on!!

I'd gladly be arrested by them... and then I'd sue the university...

Too bad it was RT that posted the video. RT being the FoxNews of FascistRussia.

Honey is a little more appetizing to the passerby than the threat of fire and brimstone. It baffles me that religious fundamentalists continue to believe that striking fear and intimidation into the minds of potential converts is somehow an effective policy of recruitment. 

This student gets arrested for opposing a campus preacher who is practically yelling. He gets ready to say something and the campus security gets on his ass for simply wanting to say something to the campus preacher. Can you say ridiculous?

UTC is a public university, so no matter what idiotic things she says, the preacher has the right to be there and say them, provided she jumps through the necessary administrative hoops.

The rent-a-cops overreacted, both in terms of the size of the safety perimeter they set up around the preacher, and in what they did when a student entered into the perimeter (which is the pretext they used to confront and bust him).

Back in the day, I passed a preacher at the campus center at UMASS on my way class. He was setting up a little stand with prayer cards and a lectern. Nobody was paying any attention. On my way back from class, he was surrounded by a mob that was chanting, "Bullshit!! Bullshit! Bullshit!" At one point two men got behind him, engaged in a passionate kiss, and the crowd just went nuts; laughing and jeering and clapping. The preacher was shouting, "Listen! I beg you! Listen!" The crowd changed to "Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!" It was like that all week. You could hear the jeering crowd clear across campus. There were two cops there by mid-week, but they were hiding behind mirror sunglasses and looked ready to crap their pants because it was 1000 to 1. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.

The students at University of Tennessee have a perfectly good preacher, delightfully high-strung campus security and that do they do? They let it all go to waste.

Meh. Red states.

Jed Smock (a/k/a the Grateful Jed) was an annual event at the University of Colorado when I was there; he was regarded as entertaining.  I don't think anyone really took him seriously or thought he was really serious--too much trouble understanding that some people really believe this shit.  He certainly didn't get a reaction like this.  Unfortunately.

RE: The rent-a-cops overreacted, both in terms of the size of the safety perimeter they set up around the preacher, and in what they did when a student entered into the perimeter

Lack of experience. That's why they're wannabe police. They can't hang with the real shit so they get all uppity whenever something looks even remotely confrontation. They just want to play with their toys (handcuffs) and look big and bad like they're hot shit. I can tell based on how they made the arrest and even tried to handcuff him they are rookies.

A couple years ago, when I lived in Portland, Oregon, which has a highly-functional public square (which has become very uncommon in American cities), there would be sidewalk preachers who'd "witness" at the top of their lungs. I always thought someone should start a business by standing nearby with a sign saying "I'll yell back at this guy for $1/minute."

That would be AWESOME!!!

There is an ad on TV over here for a chocolate bar called “Kit-Kat” whose catchphrase is “Have a break, have a Kit-Kat” and someone in the back ground taking time out.  I have on a few occasions handed them out to them when their preaching got too loud. This annoys them because it usually gets a good laugh from the crowd. You could also demand to see their pancake mix!!

There's this campus preacher who wears a white shirt, suspenders, and a cap, I forget his name... Brother... Sam???. Sometimes he's preach with his wife.

The preacher was disturbing the peace; those pigs must go to her church.  Xian morality...

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