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 The citation was withdrawn.”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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