First Amendment to the United States Constitution
By, Samantha Stambaugh – Shippensburg, PA
November 8, 2013
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that every citizen has the right to the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. But when does that go to far?
Friday afternoon, religious activists came on to Shippensburg University’s campus. These activists held signs that read “SIN AWARENESS DAY” and “EVOLUTION IS A LIE”, while preaching to anyone who passed by.
While groups such as this one are usually are peaceful, this time they were abrasive. Groups normally stand outside of the library by the academic quad. However, this group proceeded to take its preaching elsewhere.
Members from this group entered the Ceddia Union Building’s Galley during lunchtime and according to Brenda Kunkleman were harassing and following students to the point where the university police were involved.
However, the university police only told them they cannot be in the CUB and monitored the situation for a small portion of time.
During this time, a time that supplies a great deal of traffic to the building, there were not only Shippensburg students, but prospective students and their parents visiting the campus on tours.
This group was targeting students by calling them idiots, whores, and saying things like “God has the power to strike you to hell”.
Interim President, Dr. Jody Harpster, involved the university police who escorted the group out of the Ceddia Union Building.
However, many Shippensburg Students are taught about a free speech zone located in front of the library.
Because Shippensburg is a public university, the whole campus must be viewed as a free speech zone.
These groups are not allowed to disrupt students or enter university buildings.