A professor from the University of Connecticut has found himself in a bit of a bind after going on a profanity-laced tirade against a Christian evangelist on campus, even going as far as to lead students on a “Praise Darwin” chant.
Anthropology professor James Boster aggressively went after Christian evangelist Don Karns for simply holding a sign that read “Evolution is a Lie.” An onlooker recorded the incident and uploaded it to YouTube on April 23.
Nobody knows what started the professor’s irrational actions, however he has since told the local news station, WVIT-TV, that he saw it as his “moral duty to become outraged” because he felt that the Christian group was criticizing student’s ethnicity and sexuality.
According to Boster, he was simply defending students and trying to “engage them as cast members in the drama” he was creating, whatever that means.
The video was edited down to about 2 ½ minutes and shows bits and pieces of Boster’s rant. The YouTube user 4ChristianNews was who originally posted it.
In the start of the video, Boster is seen screaming at the top of his lungs “He says that evolution is a lie! Have you read the ‘Origin of Species’?”
“I have read the New Testament and the Old Testament!”
Immediately after the professor is seen pointing his finger at the evangelist, even pushing him a little as he’s still screaming “Bullsh**! Bullsh**! You are full of ignorance and lies!”
“I want you to feel ashamed that you are willing to call something a lie that you have never actually read.”
Later in the clip the professor is seen leading the students in a sing-along of an anti-Christian chant, just to further prod the evangelist.
“I want you to join me in saying, ‘Praise Darwin!,” with the students joining in.
Then as the video ends, Boster preaches a sermon of his own to the surrounding students, further mocking the Christians who still had done nothing to provoke him at that point.
“We are all bonded together in that great spiritual web, because the divine saturates nature the way gravy saturates cornbread,” he said.
Later in an interview Boster admitted that he may have an issue with the university over his repulsive actions and said that he had already received a summons to the dean’s office for it.
The university released a statement on the matter, saying “Everyone has the right to exercise free speech on our campuses. At the same time, we expect our faculty to act in a way that promotes civil discourse and to express themselves respectfully. The use of abusive language and the confrontational posture seen here are inconsistent with UConn’s values.”
Should the professor lose his job over this, considering that those who merely mention God in the classroom do? Let us know with a comment!