Indiana State University had a visitor on Friday, September 11, at the fountain and surrounding plaza.
Armed with signs bearing slogans such as “Ask Me Why You Deserve Hell”, “Fear God”, and “Make America Straight Again”, George Edward Smock, Jr., better known as Brother Jed, preached alongside his wife and two others–the names of whom are unknown at this time.
Brother Jed’s appearances are not unknown at Indiana State University. His sermons attract the attention of many students, though typically pointing out the flaws of his arguments on topics such as abortion, homosexuality, and other features of a lifestyle full of “debauchery”.
When asked why he was so against people who are homosexual, Brother Jed said, “I don’t hate gay people. I love gay people! Not in a gay way, though.”
His wife, Cynthia, also gives sermons aimed at male audiences. The topics usually covered are abstinence and finding a good wife. She warned against female students at ISU on Friday, claiming that they carry “so many diseases”, presumably STIs. It bears mentioning that there is no statistical basis for that claim.
Initially, Brother Jed, Cynthia, and the two accompanying men were not wearing masks. Though Brother Jed later claimed in a Facebook post that they were trying to social distance, they repeatedly came close to students to yell at them. The four did not don masks until asked to by university faculty.
Presently there are pictures of ISU students in that Facebook post that were taken and posted without the consent of the subjects.
Students took to rally against the presence of Brother Jed and Cynthia. Some donned the rainbow, bisexual, and transgender Pride flags. Music and dancing also ensued, particularly to songs such as “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” by Khia.
“I can’t believe they allow these people on campus,” said one first-year student. “It kind of goes against the university’s message of acceptance.”