Hat/Tip to Townhall.com for this story of a UCONN Professor who goes “bananas” on a religious group who were simply exercising their 1st Amendment Rights to free speech.
University of Connecticut Anthropology Professor James Boster was caught on tape blasting three creationists for their beliefs. Tolerance in the state of Connecticut seems to be at an all time low this week. It was only Monday a professor at the Eastern Connecticut State University was also recorded via audio describing the GOP as racist and misogynistic.
In a follow up to this story, Professor Boster claims he was “protecting” a student from the religious group.
He said there is more to the story and that the group was criticizing students’ ethnicity and sexuality, so he stepped in to defend them. “When they attacked the student, I went out to confront them,” Boster said. “It was my moral duty to become outraged.”
Boster said the group were preaching that “evolution is a lie.”
But, he told NBC Connecticut he wasn’t provoked by their message.
The video shows Professor Boster leading students on a chant, saying: “Praise Darwin, Praise Darwin!” He said he wasn’t trying to sway their beliefs, but it was his version of street theater.
“I was trying to engage them as cast members in the drama that I was creating,” Boster said.
Yeaaaaaah, right again.
Many evangelical leaders are questioning UCONN on this issue, because of how harsh the college was on Assistant Football Coach Ernest Jones earlier this year.
“I have a problem with the professor proselytizing the students for a particular spiritual philosophy,” Peter Wolfgang, of the Family Institute of Connecticut, said.
Earlier this year, UConn Assistant Football Coach Ernest Jones resigned after the dean publicly criticized him for saying,Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddles”
“UConn came down on him like the wrath of God,” Wolfgang said.
Now some people are questioning why UConn isn’t holding Professor Boster to the same standard.
“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,” a statement the university says.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath on any real consequences being handed down to this “teacher.” In an interview with NBC, he has a smirk on his face when asked if he’s in trouble.
“Yes, I’m in deep trouble. … The Dean has summoned me into his office,” Boster said.
He also told NBC Connecticut, his behavior was justified.
“Shame on you for condemning someone to hell that they don’t even know,” he added.
I would say it’s safe to assume Professor Boster is rarely bothered by shame.
If you’d like to drop him a line, here is his UCONN faculty page which lists his email address – be civil, because if enough of us are civil to him, he might learn what it means.
(I’m not holding my breath.)