February 11, 2016

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Preacher cited by officer because it's “illegal to offend people”

StaffRebel Columnist

A preacher was cited by the Austin police department at the The University of Texas for 'offending people'.

The police department reportedly received a complaint that the preacher had 'offended' someone by speaking out against STDs and sex.

In the video you can see an officer tell the preacher that offending people is illegal.

According to The Daily Caller, The preacher was an intern with Campus Ministry USA, an evangelical ministry organization that travels around college campuses loudly preaching their message. It is headed by Brother Jed Smock.

The University told TheDC that the officer was responding to complaints that students were “verbally harassed”.

“After a lawyer representing Joshua called the chief of police, the chief called Joshua and apologized. The citation was withdrawn.” Brother Jed told TheDC.

A lawyer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education called the video 'disturbing'.

“Speech that simply offends others is protected by the First Amendment, and contrary to the officer’s statements, it is not the job of police to ‘do something’ about it. Issuing a disorderly conduct citation based on the content of speech violates decades of clear Supreme Court precedent,” he said.

“If offending someone on campus is now grounds for criminal citations, students wishing to express themselves will much more likely censor themselves, or simply refrain from speaking at all. Such a result is unacceptable, legally and morally, at a state university bound by the First Amendment.”

How disturbed are you that this can happen in Texas of all places?

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commented 2016-02-14 13:44:14 -0500
Yes of course it’s illegal to offend people, unless your a Muslim, then you can offend whoever you want……………..
commented 2016-02-13 14:08:55 -0500
First, Jed Smock is as common on major university campuses as tight jeans. Always has been. He’s made a better living than me being a “verbally harassing” dude. Surprised he still around (actually I guess not if he’s trained replacements). His and his ilk are all about verbal harassment, but hey, he preaches on public land. Of course he and his kind are offensive, that’s there style. But on public land is it illegal? Probably not. But in terms of manners (remember those archaic things) it doesn’t pass the smell test. Before the radical rapid religious class get their blood up, think what it would be like if an atheist is outside your church yelling at your children that’s it’s all a lie. I think you would evict such people, as would be your right since it’s private property. But don’t hide behind free speech, since you have no scruples to so limit that which offends you. Have a nice day, we are all one family, yes one dysfunctional family, peace.
commented 2016-02-12 06:43:53 -0500
Rebelation. Your a tough guy behind the keyboard.. Come to Kingston Ontario and start talking penis talk to my daughter. Ill knock your teeth out you coward.
commented 2016-02-12 01:40:43 -0500
Of course, what this REALLY is, is an attack on Christianity. You can bet all those “hundreds of tickets” he writes up, are all Christian Preachers. Post Christian society, is just the new phrase for fascism.
commented 2016-02-12 01:34:15 -0500
Rick Plumey. You’re all about Free Speech “but”
Ahhh yes, Ezra did a number of specials on guys like you. The “but” crowd. No, you’re NOT for Freedom of Speech, if you honestly think these ppl belong in Jail. Typical Lefty redneck, that accuse Conservatives of being too harsh in their legal system, all the while demanding ppl be thrown in jail for life for what, saying penis?? And you think Conservatives are the rednecks huh? Well thanks for displaying your psychiatric problems, your backwards-brain syndrome for the whole world to see!
commented 2016-02-11 22:41:56 -0500
mindless zombies patrolling the streets with guns…scary thought. and the perpetual state of offense by the campus crowd will be a useless defense against a suicide bomber. good luck fools.
commented 2016-02-11 19:23:26 -0500
The actions of these cops & the complainant(s) offend me deeply. I want them all written up, the student(s) who complained expelled from the school, & the cops involved forced to present a public apology & then be forced to voluntarily resign, or have their jobs terminated.
commented 2016-02-11 18:30:44 -0500
The cop seemed clearly confused which is why he didn’t want to argue with about it. It’s really nonsensical to think there are certain words, medical words even that are illegal. Imagine calling the police on your doctor sobbing with great crocodile tears explaining he (or she) said anus and penis.
commented 2016-02-11 17:50:13 -0500
You expect for me to watch a boring 11 minute video? Come on Rebel media, you can product a 2-minute version that cuts out all the boring stuff. A little more polish, please.
commented 2016-02-11 17:27:31 -0500
Im all about free speech but.. these two weirdos deserve to get there asses kicked. Harassing university girls? Totally pathetic…And really a weak story..
commented 2016-02-11 17:18:28 -0500
I think the police probably were doing their job seeing as they seemed pretty mindless. I think the preacher was preaching when a girl student piped up ‘what if he is a Muslim?’ pretty much sums it up.
commented 2016-02-11 17:16:53 -0500
I think the people trying to take people’s freedom should be written up for denying people’s rights and malicious prosecution for the law.
commented 2016-02-11 17:14:40 -0500
I would be more than PROUD——- To have’

My Grand daughter’s Shake that Black cops hand.
commented 2016-02-11 16:46:27 -0500
Bravo Zulu – I would never send mine to university either. They would come out with permanent brain damage, as we are witnessing in the news lately. It’s spine chilling how utterly screwed up the world is getting to be.
commented 2016-02-11 16:00:52 -0500
Fascism. This is all heading somewhere very violent, just like last time fascism got too powerful, but this time it’s going to be happening in our towns. Human beings will not stand for being regulated by goodthink and newspeak.
commented 2016-02-11 15:45:15 -0500
Well the cop is right, the freedom of religious expression under the 1st amendment DOES offend some people – like say, militant communists, militant atheists, militant SJWs and sundry other fascist punks – but so what – these constitutional rights (free expression) are PROTECTED by law against those who are offended by the exercise of them.

This is a cop who needs to reread 240 yrs of constitutional case law supporting this preacher’s right to express his faith in public. Too many Americans died defending this right to have it oblitereated by some petty ticket-writing moron.
commented 2016-02-11 15:37:33 -0500
And best of all?

A black cop!

Too funny.

That is why I would never send a kid to a university of any size or in a major city