News

Student assaulted, then arrested for challenging crazy campus evangelist Angela Cummings

SEVERAL  times over the past couple weeks the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga has allowed and endorsed a fire and brimstone preaching fanatical woman to scream hate and damnation at its students. They even provided her a with huge coned-in circle, complete with security and police.

Angela Cummings: as crazy as a sackful of snakes

Angela Cummings: as crazy as a sackful of snakes

According to this report, the mad woman’s rantings pushed one student over the edge last week. Cole Philip Montalvo, 24, crossed the coned perimeter with his bicycle to yell at Angela Cummings:

Hey ma’am, if you’re trying to spread the good word, maybe you shouldn’t be telling everyone that they’re sinners.

Cole Philip Montalvo

Cole Philip Montalvo

A security officer grabbed Montalvo. Two officers then moved in. As Montalvo tried get away, he was forced to the ground by several officers. As he was being handcuffed, he yelled:

What the fuck did I do?

In a video of the incident, people can be heard shouting in his defence, and when Cummings resumed preaching, students responded with loud boos.

The Chattanoogan reports that Montalvo was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and inciting a riot.

It is the administration’s understanding that Montalvo was instructed multiple times to remain outside established perimeter, UTC Associate Vice Chancellor of Communication and Marketing Chuck Cantrell told The Huffington Post.

It is also our understanding that when campus police tried to remove him from within the perimeter, he resisted, resulting in his arrest.

Cummings has open air preached since 2001, according to her YouTube page. Her video of the event at UTC last week shows that she began her message by calling people on campus:

Adulterers and adulteresses.

UTC student Alyssa Fjeld  said that he campus preacher routinely describes:

How horrible we all are, how we’re living in our sins and will go to hell, and general condemnations against people of other races or sexual preferences.

A petition was launched following Montalvo’s arrest, criticising the UTC administration for allowing Cummings to disrupt the campus they pay to attend.

By allowing this woman to scream in the middle of our campus, UTC is not properly delivering the service we have paid for. We do not pay to have a large section of our campus cut off from us. We do not pay to have some stranger scream at us and tell us that we’re going to hell. Our campus is no place for her hatred.

As of this morning, over 700 people had signed the petition on Change.org, which points out that:

It’s been said that some professors have had to cancel classes because her screams can be heard through the windows.

Cantrell conceded that Cummings’ message can stir strong reaction.

The street preacher’s presentation is offensive to many and causes strong responses. As a public campus, we are legally required to provide for the expression of diverse ideas on our campus. We believe that a college campus should be a place for free exchange of ideas and expressions. This individual had filled out the proper paperwork to appear and the person who was arrested was violating the procedure established by our campus police.

The university is conducting an internal review to ensure that proper police protocols were followed, Cantrell added.

Speaking of Christian nutters, meet Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who has expressed his fury that Obama is not using the Old Tastymint as the basis for foreign policy.

There are many who have been aware of Scripture, and it has often been a guide in our relations with Israel. Some of us believe that the Bible is accurate. Certainly, so many prophesies have been fulfilled, and if that is true, this administration, unless they can find a verse that accurately says that those who betray Israel will be blessed, then this country is being dug in a deeper hole by this administration and its betrayals of Israel’s trust and Israel’s friendship.

Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

 

97 Responses to “Student assaulted, then arrested for challenging crazy campus evangelist Angela Cummings”

  1. Jesse Morrell says:

    Seven hundred signatures on a petition to keep you from preaching on campus? The expression “intolerant bigot” comes to mind…

    I think that this campus is discriminating against her and trying to suppress her because she is a strong outspoken woman. Why are they trying to silence a woman who just wants to speak her mind?

    That poor woman should not be blamed for the actions of that rebellious student anymore than the Police should be blamed for putting the cones there. Its his fault and his stupid actions should not trump her constitutional rights.

  2. Jesse Morrell says:

    Those who think she should not be allowed to preach on campus because she says people are sinners and are going to hell, are in fact discriminating against her based upon her religious beliefs. They are seeking to take away her constitutional rights because of the content of her message. Those people should move to North Korea!

  3. Joshua Black says:

    While most of the people here are spouting hatred–making themselves out to be hypocrites–one question has not been answered:

    What gives the woman–or others around the country–this right to yell at everybody on campus?

    Fact: it is a “public” university.

    Fact: public universities receive money from taxpayers.

    Fact: she pays taxes.

    Fact: she therefore pays for the students to attend the university.

    Tactic: end government involvement in education, and you eliminate the tax-income, and you eliminate the preaching.

    Fact: by removing government, you also reduce the cost of education (when money is not available, prices go down).

  4. tonykeywest says:

    Ha ha look at all the GOD hating bigots foam at the mouth. too bad. We have a first amendment and free religion in america. You dont get to lable someones point of view as hate and then censor it. this jerk and this crowd was hateful towards her you hypocrites never mention that. You just ahte the truth that ALL mn ARE sinners and youare going to hell lest you repent.

  5. cyril says:

    Yup freedom to speak the truth should be made illegal, if it offends people. I agree. We should make it illegal to offend people, because that will make the world a better plae. In fact, we’ll have the government publish a list of acceptable things to talk about, and if anyone deviates and talks about anything else we’ll have them arrested and convicted of a ‘hate crime.’ Lol

    Idiotic ‘freethinkers.’ Yup, free until you make the above true, and people are arrests for thought crimes like in WWII Japan. You all do realize that the Christianity that woman is preaching is the same one that founded the US and brought rights to the world, right? The same teachings that still bring freedom to people from their sins (which she lovingly point out the students were still living under) are still bring freedom to men and women all over the world. It’s the same teachings that take care of orphans (Christians adopt more children than any other group) , widows, and the same teachings that founded hospitals and clinics all over the world?

    Now tell me, what great things have atheists are established, other than mass genocide and making people on the whole less altruistic, and more selfish? That’s right, nothing but angry men worshipping their own flesh.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Yvonne/J Morrell: You both seem to be missing an important point here. The campus is PRIVATE property, and she is NOT a student. As for “caring about people’s moral condition” – I am about to throw up!

  7. barriejohn says:

    You all do realize that the Christianity that woman is preaching is the same one that founded the US and brought rights to the world, right?

    Fuck off, you ignorant cretin!

  8. barriejohn says:

    Christ Almighty, the knuckledraggers are out in force tonight.

  9. Barry Duke says:

    “You all do realize that the Christianity that woman is preaching is the same one that founded the US and brought rights to the world, right?”

    Yeah, Cyril, like slavery in US, Hitler’s CHRISTIAN crudade against the Jews, apartheid in South Africa, and Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill, to mention just a few. Do you want me to go on? …

    As BarrieJohn said: “Fuck off, you ignorant cretin!”.

  10. Broga says:

    @Cyril: I would have paid serious money to have kept my kids from the sick indoctrination of Christian carers. Happily, I didn’t have to. We brought them up ourselves and they are atheists and mature, loving and successful. And my grandchildren are being cared for in the same way.

    From your comments you must lead a barren, joyless and angry life based on the fantasies of your superstitious beliefs. You are one sad excuse for a decent human being. But as the late great Christopher Hitchens wrote: “Religious poisons everything” and you are a demonstration of what he was saying.

  11. Barry Duke says:

    “You just ahte the truth that ALL mn ARE sinners and youare going to hell lest you repent.”

    Tonykeywest, there’s no shame in being dyslexic. But you should be deeply ashamed of the fact that you have allowed your brain to be turned into manure by religion. Now, get yourself a dunce cap and stand in a corner til your precious Jesus whisks you away to heaven.

  12. Broga says:

    @tonykeywest: In a spirit of atheist kindness, much more usual than the sadism of Christians, I want to suggest a Christmas present for you: a good quality dictionary. At the moment your lamentable grammar and spelling mistakes leaves you open to ridicule and reveals your ignorance.

    I think you are out of your educational and intellectual league here. I suggest you unload your illiterate bigotry on one of the many Christian sites where your deficiencies will pass without being noticed.

  13. Angela_K says:

    It’s amazing the Christian loons actually have the ability to use a computer – invented by us godless heathens;-)

    I expect a mono brain-celled Neanderthal posted something on one their web-sites were they engage in onanism with a Bible and linked to the Freethinker, with the aim of spamming us with their childish rantings.

  14. Jesse Morrell says:

    “crazy campus preacher.”

    “crazy campus evangelist”

    What biased reporting.

    Just because a person believes in God, Jesus, the Bible, Heaven, Hell, Sin, etc, does not mean that they are crazy. Sinning is the real madness.

    In today’s society you can call Christians crazy, but if you dare say that something like homosexuality is a mental disorder you will be called all sorts of names.

    You can believe that you are a woman trapped in a man’s body, and you are perfectly sound. But if you believe that sinners are going to hell, you are crazy.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Now tell me, what great things have atheists are established, other than mass genocide?

    Like that of Roman Catholics Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, or Roman Catholics and Muslims of the Balkans down through the years? I wouldn’t actually BLAME religion for those ethnic barbarities, as that would be cheap point-scoring, but on the other hand I WOULD ask in what way the religiosity of those people could be claimed to encourage them to act in a moral manner, as it plainly didn’t.

  16. barriejohn says:

    You can believe that you are a woman trapped in a man’s body, and you are perfectly sound. But if you believe that sinners are going to hell, you are crazy.

    Fuck me; some common sense from a deluded religiot at last!

  17. Lorelei says:

    I see alot of Religious people here defending the preacher. Did we all forget a BIG perceive of hypocrisy here on HER part? She’s a woman. The bible forbids her to speak to the church (1 Corinthians 14:34) But instead should learn in silence and submission (see also, 1 Timothy 2:12). And jsut so you simpletons know, the church in biblical terms refers to the congregation, not the place where they congregate. Therefore, if a woman speaks at all in a religious sense, she is blaspheming God, because she is effectively teaching/preaching (same thing). The bible forbids it and if your believers believe that the Bible is god’s word and is therefore infallible, then your defence of someone challenging her is misplaced… it should be the woman you attack… since the Bible also does not forgive blasphemy easily, nor gently.

    Stop cherry picking to fit in. If your religion says it, then believe it and show it. If you’re afraid of Society’s reactions and reprisals, then perhaps it’s time to review what it is you are believing and defending. Remember that God has a dim view of women… the Bible makes this abundantly clear. He expects his followers to have a similar view… Men are to control, teach, and keep women in line while women are to submit and lament their greater original sin.

  18. Lorelei says:

    And I meant “Attacking of someone who challenges the female preacher is misplaced. And it’s “piece” not “Perceive”… damn autocorrect…

  19. AgentCormac says:

    I’ve heard her preach. She NOT hating on people. She really cares about people’s moral condition. If people don’t like what she says they can walk away!

    Jarod, as you say people can walk away if they want to. Completely agree. But I just don’t get why you think this woman is anything other than a hate monger. Her head is clearly full of hostility to anyone who doesn’t share her deluded, Iron-Age views. People who don’t live by her god-fearing values are there to be chastised, browbeaten and shamed. Seriously, contrary to what you say she really does hate people. And the only ‘moral condition’ she understands is the one that has no doubt been beaten into her from birth by her parents and church leaders.

    Most perplexing of all, however, this woman is being given a platform at a 21st-century place of learning, security personnel on hand, where she is allowed, day after day, to spout superstitious bullshit as if it were truth. I just don’t get it. How does a modern university, a place of education and enlightenment, get itself into a position where indefensible, insupportable superstitious claptrap can be presented as something ‘valid’?

    If the world wasn’t crazy enough, the people who run the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga seem to be doing their best to make it even crazier. You discredit yourself by claiming this woman cares about anyone other than herself and her hateful views.

  20. H.F. says:

    Pretty sure Jesus didn’t hate anybody because of their race and sexuality. I may be wrong, but I think that would be a well known thing if true. People are acting like pieces of shit and try to use their holy books to cover their asses. Funniest part is when they fail at it. The laws of Leviticus were only supposed to apply to the tribes of Israel, to be carried out by the tribe of Levi. Are you Jewish? Do you wear pants? Do you eat shellfish? How about cotton-poly blends, are those against your religion?

  21. AgentCormac says:

    Just because a person believes in God, Jesus, the Bible, Heaven, Hell, Sin, etc, does not mean that they are crazy.

    Really, Jesse Morrell? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing that you would call an adult who still believes in Father Christmas crazy. How about the tooth fairy? Trolls under the bridge? Or fairies at the bottom of the garden? See where I’m going? Do you? Do you have the mental capacity, Jesse, to understand that superstitious crap, in all its manifestations, is just that – superstitious crap? Remember to put out a mince pie for Santa, dude!

  22. Barry Duke says:

    AgentCormac: Damn it, man, you left out the Invisible Pink Unicorn and the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

    Oh – and my absolute favourite – Things From Outer Space Kitted Out With Anal Probes. I have had a beacon on my 31st floor balcony for the past four years signalling an invitation to them for tea and a steamy session of probery but have so far been totally ignored.

    Much like Christians who are twiddling their thumbs waiting for the return of Jesus …

  23. AgentCormac says:

    Barry Duke. I can only apologise for my obvious aberration, the source of which I would attribute to my coming into contact with brain-rotting religiots here on this blog of yours. I am now going for a little lie down and will ask the god of slumber to escort me to the Land of Nod where I will beg forgiveness for my atheistic oversigt. May Lord Jasmine Periwinkle, He who created all things beginning with the letter Q, keep you safe under His dominion, now and until 3.00pm tomorrow when, for taxation purposes, He will become one of the thousands of redundant deities that nobody gives a flying fuck about any more. Amen.

  24. James Gilles says:

    UTC is a Private university??? And you call us knuckle draggers? Res Ipsa Loquitur!

  25. Jesse Morrell says:

    LEGAL RIGHTS OF STREET PREACHERS AND ALL AMERICANS

    1. Our freedom of speech may not be prohibited merely because it offends some listeners (Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 / Simon & Shuster v. New York State Crime Victims Bd, 502 U.S. 105 / N.Y. Ties v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254).

    2. A city may not consider the listener’s reaction when permitting free speech activity (Forsyth County v. The Nationalist Movement, 505 U.S. 123).

    3. Hecklers do not have veto power over a speaker’s right of free speech but Police must control a crowd rather than arrest the speaker in order to maintain order (Cox. v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 536).

    4. We have the right to be protected by law enforcement if the crowd is offended by what we are preaching and becomes hostile (Hedges v. W.C.U.S.D. No. 118, et al. 9F.3d 1295).

  26. remigius says:

    It’s actually res ipsa loquitur – no capitals.

    Fuckin’ knuckle draggers!

  27. remigius says:

    Jesse, so I take it you fully support the WBC?

    Cos that’s exactly the laws they use to make their money.

  28. AgentCormac says:

    We have the right to be protected by law enforcement if the crowd is offended by what we are preaching and becomes hostile (Hedges v. W.C.U.S.D. No. 118, et al. 9F.3d 1295).

    Well, Jesse Morrell, I guess you and your fellow loathsome preachers have got it all stitched up so nobody can stop you spewing your hatred. But somehow I don’t think you’d be too happy if a fellow bible-bashing xtian was jumped on by law enforcement because he or she had been offended by a muslim (sorry, ‘moslem’) who was insulting them in public.

    By the way, you look like a cock in that hat. Just thought you should know.
    http://frontburner.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Jesse-Preaching.jpeg

  29. Angela_K says:

    AgentCormac, well done for finding that photograph. Note the typical Preacher stance with arm in the air like a Nazi salute and Bible tucked under the other arm.

  30. remigius says:

    Oh dear. I think we’ve met our match. He’s just too clever for the likes of us…

    http://openairoutreach.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/how-to-refute-atheism-defend-theism-jesse-morrell/

  31. remigius says:

    I only got as far as

    iii. There were 6,000,000 people killed in the holocaust because they were viewed as lesser evolved by the Nazi’s who held to their evolutionary notion of an Arian, supreme, higher evolved raced. Evolutionists have killed more people than those killed in the name of Christianity.

    Jesse Morrell is an ignorant prick!

  32. AgentCormac says:

    Angela_K

    Also note the people in the background – not a single one of them is listening and most seem to be having a good laugh. The only sadness is that no one is actually throwing stuff at the bastard’s hat, which I for one certainly would have done if I had been there.

  33. barriejohn says:

    I am all in favour of the right to free speech; however, just because a place of education (or any other institution, for that matter) is publicly funded does not mean that the public have right of access. That is why permission was sought in this case. I think that it was a mistake to allow the haridan access to the campus for what is blatantly not an exchange of views, and I wonder why the decision was made in the first place.

  34. David Anderson says:

    What’s he got in his pocketsis, precious?

  35. AgentCormac says:

    @ David Anderson

    His brainses.

  36. barriejohn says:

    The Word of God says:

    “I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” (I Cor.11:3-5 KJV)

    None of these Christians seems to want to obey their Lord!

  37. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn

    Is there anything in the bible which says that those who insist on wearing hats that make them look like a complete twat whilst spreading the word of god will be damned for eternity? Or perhaps condemned to being stoned to death? I’d be surprised if there wasn’t as those goat herders certainly seemed to love rules that resulted in lots and lots of unimaginable suffering. Religion, don’t you just love it?!

  38. Barry Duke says:

    Speaking of Christian twats in hats, AgentCormac, get an eyeful of this tosser!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232123/Archbishop-Canterbury-Justin-Welby-swaps-headgear-policeman.html

  39. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: Sadly, stonings are restricted to the Old Testament.

    Has anyone else noticed how few of these religious twats actually return to the site after posting their nonsense? I bet they think that their comments display such intellectual rigour and superiority of intellect that opposing voices are silenced immediately. No wonder they never learn anything!

  40. AgentCormac says:

    @ barriejohn

    I actually think they are abject cowards. Inept in debate and incapable of defending the nonsense they spout, they simply do a hit and run, too afraid to return to see what others have posted in reply.

    @ Barry Duke

    That truly is a twat in a hat!

  41. David Anderson says:

    @AgentCormac

    Be careful! You’ll summon up Ken.

  42. barriejohn says:

    Yes, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s helmet on display – wonders will never cease.

  43. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: They never change their minds about anything – they see that as a mark of weakness. WE adjust our views all the time, but the response to that admission is: “There you go, Mr Clever-Clogs Know-it-all Atheist, you admit that you were wrong!”. That’s why they pour scorn on science, as they see ideas being modified in the light of new evidence all the time. Such a concept is foreign to those who have had “the truth” revealed to them. Funny that they don’t still bleed themselves when ill (go on someone – tell me that they do), or get men in funny pointy hats to come and treat them when they have infectious illnesses!

  44. AgentCormac says:

    @ barriejohn

    Like yourself I find it laughable that the religiots are utterly incapable of changing their minds about anything (well, unless it’s suddenly politically expedient for the church’s top brass to do so). As you will know from your own days under the religious cosh, they simply can’t. They have a book which apparently gives them all the answers, but when that doesn’t square with the world around them they must, by necessity, tie themselves up in ever more ludicrous postulations. At the nub of it all is the fact that they start out with all the answers and then try desperately to fit the round peg of reality into the square hole of their pitiful dogma. Theology has to be one of the most pointless preoccupations ever conceived by the human mind. As the truly wonderful Ian Dury once bemoaned, what a waste.

    BTW, here’s another c**t in a cap.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iZ8Uq62qhJo/T3DziKF1wzI/AAAAAAAAXac/Nf3qt6qmfsY/s1600/pope_sombrero.jpg

  45. […] Student assaulted, then arrested for challenging crazy campus evangelist Angela Cummings (freethinker.co.uk) […]

  46. Diane says:

    The USA has an embarrassingly large swath of states known collectively as the Bible Belt and Tennessee is in it. These are also known as the ‘red states’ where neocon idiot Teanderthals live, sucking more tax revenue out than they put in and yet somehow think they are the fiscally conservative ones. Oh, also known as ‘flyover states’ because you probably don’t want to stop for any length of time. For the most part, the redneck hick communities and the gyno-ticians who represent them care nothing about unemployment, the economy, health care, or anything important, but they can’t stop themselves from being Conscripted Gestation arseholes and stomping on the autonomy of women everywhere. That ‘preacher’ has no right to be on campus if she is not a tuition-paying student. And no, she doesn’t have the right to not be mocked because if she has freedom of speech, so too do her detractors. For the next time she shows up there, those opposed should coordinate and plan to essentially put up walls around her ensconced perimeter to muffle her deluded wailings. Just have a few people build 4 simple sheetrock walls and put them up around her. Ya know, just like those far-removed ‘free speech zones’ established by that former Occupier G W bush.

  47. Yoinkel says:

    We absolutely MUST let street preachers keep on preaching in public. Street preachers like Kerrigan Skelly, Ruben Israel, Jesse Morrell, John McGlone and Kevin Farrer provide and extremely valuable service by doing an absolutely outstanding job of turning people off towards Christianity by making Christianity look like an evil, sick, grotesque, moronic religion. Plus, Ruben Israel, Kerrigan Skelly, Jesse Morrell, John McGlone and Kevin Farrer are entertaining in the way that circus clowns and carnival freaks and geeks are entertaining. Bravo to Kerrigan Skelly, Ruben Israel, John McGlone, Kevin Farrer and Jesse Morrell for turning people AWAY from Christianity! Please never stop preaching fellas. You are doing a great service turning people away from Christianity!