There are a handful of street preachers around on our campus. Some are just stoners standing on boxes babbling about Jesus, others are older guys, more typical, telling us we are all going to hell and handing out literature, often somewhat aggressively. There was one who was habitually blocking a major building entrance way with his preaching, and I believe the cops took him away.
There’s a piece by a student columnist for The Oracle (more irony), a college newspaper of the University of South Florida:
According to Wednesday’s Oracle, a 22-year-old junior sociology major claims that on Oct. 12 she was harassed by a street preacher, John M. Kranert, who often voices his faith on the Cooper Hall lawn. The student, who declined to release her name, has since filed an assault complaint against Kranert. On the day of the incident, she said Kranert charged at her, cocked his fist and stopped mere inches from her face before calling her a whore. According to the student, she was fully covered and minding her own business.
She said Kranert demeaned her on prior occasions by saying, “I can tell you’ve been with every man on campus by the way you stand,” and asking if she got her name from Black Entertainment Television because of her caramel complexion. He didn’t know her name, nor did he ask, suggesting the question was purely racist at its roots, according to the Oracle.
Columnist Amy Mariani opines:
If an atheist witnessed any displays of “Christianity” portrayed by the campus evangelists, he or she would be pushed even further away from believing in a god.
One can only hope…