At UConn, evangelists were open-air preaching and distributing gospel literature on campus. An evolution professor, James Boster, did not appreciate it and took to the street for 2 hours in what he called “street theater.”
Unfortunately, that street performance involved yelling in the face of (in very close proximity) to the evangelists, cussing at them, and even pushing one of them. The evangelists continued to try to back away from him, but he continued to confrontationally follow him. Did he cross a line?
The Constitution protects the free speech rights of all citizens. But does it also protect the right to get within a couple of inches of another person’s face and yell at them? Does it allow you to infringe on another person’s right to free speech as it appears this professor did? Was the UConn campus not big enough for him to find a location where he wouldn’t be infringing on someone else’s rights? Sure it was. He was just being a bully.
Common decency is becoming less and less common.
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