Just like Kevin Sorbo's character (Professor Jeffery Radisson) from the Christian film "God's Not Dead," a real life Atheist college professor went berserk on Christians for expressing their faith recently on the UConn campus.
On April 22, UConn Anthropology Professor James Boster was infuriated when street preacher Don Karns and other Christians were holding signs that stated "Evolution is a Lie" and "Sin Awareness Day."
Outraged at what he saw, Boster couldn't hold himself back and began his rant.
"He says that evolution is a lie! Have you read the 'Origin of Species'?" yelled Boster to Karns in a video of the incident. "I have read the New Testament and the Old Testament!"
Boster further insulted the street evangelist in front of college students.
"Bull****! Bull****! You are full of ignorance and lies!" said Boster to Karns. "I want you to feel ashamed that you are willing to call something a lie that you have never actually read."
Boster then exhorted his views on evolution, and testified his love for Charles Darwin to college students.
"I want you to join me in saying, 'Praise Darwin!," said Boster to the students, with some joining in his chant. "We are all bonded together in that great spiritual web, because the divine saturates nature the way gravy saturates cornbread."
The rant sparked widespread rebuke online as the video went rival, and the University of Connecticut issued the following statement to condemn the professor's aggressive behavior:
"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."
This is not the first time that UConn has been plunged into religious freedom controversy. Previously former UConn assistant football coach Ernest Jones was forced to resign after he was criticized by the University President Susan Herbst for saying that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."
"It should go without saying that our employees cannot appear to endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work at the university, or in their interactions with our students," said Herbst in a statement. "This applies to work-related activity anywhere on or off campus, including on the football field."
Evangelist Don Karns talked about his experience with Boster at UConn in recent interview.
"He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior," said Karns, according to the Christian News Network. "He was very agitated, very demonstrative. ... It was very unbecoming of a professor."