Where to Draw the Line

At NC State University, a street preacher known as “Brother Ross” is bombarding students with his views on homosexuality and the role of women in Christianity. Apparently, the meat of his sermons consists of screaming “whores” and “sodomites” at the top of his lungs to passing undergrads.

Todd Jeffreys raises an excellent point in his article “Preach with love, not hate”:

“If I started preaching in the Brickyard without permission and started shouting profanities about my fellow female students, I would probably be arrested, sent to a disciplinary review board and rightfully offend all of the women who attend school here.

Regardless of the religious aspects, his words and actions clearly violate the school policy with regards to discrimination and verbal abuse. You drilled this point into my head during student orientation when you said that this type of behavior is unacceptable at anytime, anywhere.”

Yet Brother Ross’s behavior is somehow accepted. When do freedom of speech and religious freedom go too far?

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