A recent heated and expletive-laden confrontation between a University of Connecticut professor and two on-campus preachers has drawn the ire of conservative media.
Over the course of a two-hour tirade, professor of anthropology James Boster angrily lashed out at evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia, who was holding a sign opposing evolution, on the University of Connecticut campus last month.
"Have you read Origin of Species? I have read the Old Testament and the New Testament. I can quote you Scripture," yelled Boster, who frequently dismissed any rebuttal by Karns as "That's bulls---."
When Karns suggested that Charles Darwin's beliefs may have been racist, Boster adamantly disagreed.
"You don't know what he meant by racist. He meant he was not talking about racism," Boster continued. "... You like that phrase, it's fine, but you're showing your own ignorance to say that it's racist."
Fellow evangelist Scott Smith told Christian News Network said that Boster interrupted his sermon on salvation.
"As I was pointing to Christ — I was talking about the sin nature — I said, 'There's probably some people out there — maybe even professors — who think they descended from monkeys,'" Smith stated. "[Boster] jumped off the ground and came running over and basically started screaming, 'I did not come from a monkey! I came from an ape!'"
"He got about two inches from my nose. "You could tell he was going to pop," Smith added.
Boster also led students who had gathered in the area in a "Praise Darwin" chant.
Breitbart described the professor's actions as "going ape," while the Daily Caller slammed Boster as a "hostile, boorish, jack---."
"He's the one screaming in people's faces. He's the one who can't handle anybody disagreeing with him. That's what a lifetime in academia will do to a feller," reporter Jim Treacher wrote. "If this is the kind of guy you want representing you, atheists, that's fine by the rest of us. Leftist intolerance for dissenting views is your best entertainment value."
The university condemned Boster's use of profanity and aggressive demeanor in a statement.
"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 a confrontational posture are inconsistent with UConn's values," it stated.
Boster defended his outburst to NBC Connecticut, saying that he had been trying to defend the students after the evangelists had criticized the race and ethnicity of the students.
"When they attacked the student, I went out to confront them. It was my moral duty to become outraged," he said.
Boster expected to be disciplined for his outburst.
"Yes, I'm in deep trouble. "The dean has summoned me into his office," he said.
Earlier this year, assistant football coach Ernest Jones resigned after the dean criticized him for his remarks that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddles."
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