Saw a video that was recorded at the college I used to attend, Arizona State, where a student assaulted and screamed obscenities at a preacher who was standing on the sidewalk near the student union with a sign that said something like:
The college kid (so somewhere between 18 and 22 most likely) threw a fit that I wouldn’t have let a 4 year old get away with and he or she, it’s hard to tell from the video, is lucky the preacher didn’t press charges. He was far nicer than I would have been, if they had assaulted me this kid would have been in for a hard lesson on the fact that there are consequences when you physically assault someone. I doubt they will learn to grow up any other way.
Here, watch for yourself. Be warned, it’s got a lot of vulgar language.
This reminds me of the incident at a Pride parade in July of last year, where a street preacher was chased and assaulted by the gay people in attendance.
Was the preacher really welcome there? Not really, but it was a public place and he had every right to be there. Neither this college student, nor the men and women at that Pride event, have the right to physically attack him for simply standing there and having an unpopular opinion.
If you are so immature that you can’t walk away when you disagree with someone, you really aren’t mature enough to be in college.
It’s not that I agree with either of these preachers; in fact I’ve actually had discussions with the ones on the Arizona State campus about my issues with their theology (which were discussions not threats and vulgarities, liberals should try it sometime) and most were friendly and only slightly condescending when I tried to discuss issues of Biblical translation with them and, unlike most of the liberal organizations that promoted themselves on campus, they didn’t try to chase people down who were obviously ignoring them. I disagree with these preachers and their views quite strongly, but they have a right to believe what they want. If I can’t change their mind through polite debate, what makes you think you can convince them they are wrong through physical altercations?
This student deserves to be in jail or, at the very least, suspended for attacking someone on campus. Most importantly, they need to grow the fuck up.
So does anyone else who is reduced to incoherent rage by someone not agreeing with their view of the world…or maybe you should just move to a country where freedom of speech is almost non-existent. Unfortunately most of those countries aren’t very nice to gay people, funny that.