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Preaching pastor assaulted on campus


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A visitor assaulted a pastor who came to UH to voice his opinions on students’ decisions. The pastor warned students of the dangers of “baby killers, sports nuts and rebellious women.” | Justin Cross/The Cougar

A UH visitor assaulted another UH visitor Thursday afternoon at Butler Plaza.

Matt Bourgault, a pastor from Consuming Fire Campus Ministries, was peacefully promoting his own religious and personal beliefs to students, despite a growing crowd that was obviously upset.

“Students at UH need to sober up and repent, or perish in hellfire,” Bourgault said. “Follow Jesus, stop doing these things, and you will be okay.”

The visitor¬†began to counter-protest Bourgault, and when he finished his speech, Bourgault¬†pointed to the visitor and said “this is what masturbation does to you.” Shortly thereafter, the visitor placed his arm around¬†Bourgault and pulled him to the ground.

Bourgault has come to UH before and is allowed to say whatever he wants because freedom of expression is allowed throughout campus, UHPD Sgt. Richard Brenner said.

“Students can react however they want, and they will,” Brenner said.

Bourgault declined to pursue charges.

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