Campus Preacher Tells Stripping Male Student: ‘This Is Why There’s So Many Lesbians on Campus’

There are a lot of ways to show your opposition to campus preachers. You can play BINGO, you can have a same-sex makeout session right in front of them, you can preach about something that’s not Christianity right next to them…

But I’ve never seen this one: Stripping down to your boxers just to make the preacher uncomfortable:

(The video is a year old but it’s been making the online rounds again this week.)

That’s University of Central Florida student Austin Cooper discombobulating Baptist preacher Micah Armstrong, whose retort is to yell out, “This is why there’s so many lesbians on campus!”

Because, in fundamentalist Christian logic, women become lesbians when there are no good Christian men around. Obviously.

(via The Freethinker)

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  • Matt Kovach

    I like the end when the preacher asks “where’s that hypocrite?” lol

  • Alexander Ryan

    I’m assuming he thinks the guy is gay which is what’s ‘making the lesbians’. So, the logic is now gays make lesbians and lesbians make gays. 

  • Guest

    Naked men create lesbians? The Chippendales must have had a devasting effect on straight marriage rate when they went on tour…

  • Dats3

    That’s great.  I wish I had thought of that when the nut-preacher came to my campus back in college.

  • Baal

    (queue scary music) There are lesbians everywhere! bwahhahhahhaahahah. 

  • Bear31

    LOL! Pretty sure he was calling the kid ugly and that’s why there were so many lesbians on campus. Good burn.

  • CelticWhisper

    It’s true – when my friends and I decided to watch “The Full Monty,” halfway through the movie all the female people in the room started madly tearing each other’s clothes off.  It was like lingerie D-day, bras and panties flying through the air like mortar shells.

    Some of those brassieres had underwires, too – could put someone’s eye out! Gonna have flashbacks for years.

    Now if only something could be done about this christian’s claim actually making no fucking sense at all…

  • Gus Snarp

    Heh. I think we had this guy on my campus. Students usually just shouted back at him.

    This is funny and all, but I prefer the bingo approach. Although the best approach would probably be for everyone to completely ignore him so he gets no attention at all and is just shouting at the air. Of course, since there will always be a few who can’t help but respond or stand around in awe at his insanity, a bit of peaceful protest becomes the next best alternative.

    Hmm, or maybe he should be picked up and held for psychiatric evaluation.  Some of these guys are just religious crazy, they’re actually mentally ill and could benefit from treatment.

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    “This is why there’s so many lesbians on campus!”Because the students hate intolerance and ignorance? That actually makes sense…

  • Baby_Raptor

    Wait. Naked men make women who…hate men?

    Dude, stop insulting penises. Don’t ya’ll really like those?

  • David Philip Norris

    Why lesbians? With a hot guy like that stripping down to his boxers I’d think there’d be more gay men on campus.

  • TiltedHorizon

    You mean if I get naked in front of my Wife she will become a lesbian? Does that work both ways? Should I be gay now? Does that mean two naked men together would become straight? If I am naked in-front of a man and a woman simultaneously do we become asexual?

    Oh religion, is there nothing you can’t complicate?  

  • David Benjamin Patton

    Call me when he does the Full Monty. And he’s hot. ; )

    (Not the preacher dude, obviously. Ick.)     

  • OregoniAn

     That’s what I took from it. A very immature thing to say – but it does officially qualify as a “zinger”!

  • Patterrssonn

    Not much of a burn though if almost nobody gets it

  • John Evans

    Just had a thought – I don’t know if this would contravene vandalism guidelines or something – use chalk to draw a magic circle around the preacher. 

  • Rwlawoffice

    The tolerance and respect shown by atheists in these situations is just overwhelming. Must make you guys really proud. Preach to all the Christians how you want tolerance and respect for your beliefs and then think that what this guy did is absolutely brilliant.

    When the preacher at the end asked Now where is that hypocrite?, he should look to some of those that post here. 

  • CelticWhisper

     “Oh, no, I’ve gone cross-eyed.”

  • ReadsInTrees

    Well, I’m a straight married woman who’s never been attracted to women, but I’ll be honest…penises are pretty weird looking. I’ve never seen a penis and thought, “Mmmm….” 

  • Slaqua


  • amycas

     When was the last time an atheist went to a campus and starting telling all the women they are whores and told everyone who walked by that they are evil? When was the last time an atheist went to campus and started “preaching” from the Origin of Species or from a Dawkins or Hitchens book without first being provoked by some crazy preacher who was insulting everybody?

    Atheists don’t do this type of thing unprovoked. The preachers are allowed to come and yell their bullshit at everybody, and we’re allowed to criticize that speech. This has nothing to do with tolerance or respect. People and ideas do not automatically get respect, it must be earned. And these preachers are not going to earn respect by insulting everybody as soon as they open their mouths.

    By the way, if it’s your core belief that all the women on campus are whores or lesbians* and you decide to broadcast that belief, then you shouldn’t and won’t be respected. That is not a belief worthy of respect.

    *I don’t typically take the word “lesbian” as an insult, but these people seem to think it is.

  • TiltedHorizon

     I heard Austin Powers in my head as I read that. lol

  • Daniel_JM

     Have you ever actually listened to a campus preacher? To imply those inane nutcases are worthy of respect is bizarre. The vast majority of them are like the members of Westboro Baptist Church. Would you try to rationally debate those people?

  • GloomCookie613

    “Good burn”? That was 3rd grade quality at best.

  • Brian Scott

    The preacher came to the campus to call people there whores. One person showed him up.

    A bit like you coming to defend a slanderer and calling us hypocrites and us demonstrating your own hypocrisy in return. Looks like you didn’t take the lesson from the video.

  • Rwlawoffice

     Where in the video clip did he call women whores? Did I miss that?

  • Rwlawoffice

     Personally I agree with you that there is no need to insult people in order to preach to them about the Gospel.  I would not preach the Gospel in the same manner and would actually disagree with someone doing that.

    My point is that most of those here tout that they want tolerance and respect, yet in situations like this they not only don’t give it, they like you do in your post,   justify it and applaud it. 

  • Baby_Raptor

    When you constantly insult people by calling them horrible sinners, terrible people, beings worthy of eternal punishment, ETC, you deserve what you get. 

    It might not seem insulting to you because you actually buy into it. But those of us who don’t have the right to react to it the way we perceive it instead of adhering to the things you deem “okay.” 

  • Gus Snarp

    Not in the clip, but the guy is notorious. It can safely be assumed he did the same schtick he does at every campus, calling people all sorts of foul and hateful names. You should really look a bit more deeply into these campus preachers before you jump on their side. They’re not just preaching the gospel, they’re preaching hate. And the students who actually belong on campus are doing nothing more than standing up and telling them they’re wrong. This has nothing to do with tolerance on the part of the students (most of whom are actually Christians, and are probably far more offended by the preacher than non-believers, who are used to being told we’re going to hell).

  • Glasofruix

    In my book preaching and tolerance are not tied together, when you feel the need to preach your beliefs to other people, you do not respect them.

  • Gus Snarp

    Usually chalk drawings are considered perfectly acceptable on campuses, and used to promote all sorts of organizations from the Campus Crusade for Christ, to fraternities and sororities, to the Secular Student Alliance affiliate. So it should be fine.

  • Rwlawoffice

     I am not defending the preacher’s behavior. But to say that the students are doing nothing more than saying they are wrong is attempting to defend the behavior of the students.  That type of defense is the point I made

  • Lefty

    suspenders. that is all.

  • Gus Snarp

    What’s wrong with the student’s behavior, exactly? Tolerance for beliefs is one thing, tolerance for personal insults is quite another. Not once have atheists suggested that hate speech be “tolerated”. He has the right to say all the vile things he wants, he does not have the right to have people listen, to have people not mock him, to have people not yell back at him when he yells at them. As long as they are non-violent there is nothing wrong with what they are doing.

    I don’t think you understand what is meant by “tolerance”.

    Actually, I think you know exactly what is meant, you just willfully pretend not to because you like finding any excuse to pretend you have an argument about how evil we atheists are. You’re a troll and I’m reminded how fruitless it is to argue with you. Enjoy typing into the void.

  • John (not McCain)

    As a patriotic American, I don’t tolerate anti-American trash like this preacher.  Nor do I want any tolerance or respect from any given Jesus Nazi.  If they leave me alone, I leave them alone.  If they don’t, I will protect my family and myself by any means necessary.

  • Ibis3

     I dunno. I kinda find suspenders sexy (given the right context and wearer).

  • CelticWhisper

     Talk about inviting a chicken-and-egg scenario.

    Which came first?

  • RobertoTheChi

    Oh Yay! Buzz kill showed up. Why am I not surprised?

  • nakedanthropologist

    This is makes me even more proud to be a UCF alumni!  Go knights and shake it!

  • Coyotenose

     *looks at the stripping guy and at the preacher* Well, to each their own, but in general, that would be a really poor attempt at a burn.

  • Coyotenose

     Suspenders, newsboy caps, vests, they can all be quite attractive on men or women. …not so much on that guy.

    Those are some fairly bizarre suspenders to be wearing these days. What in the what?

  • Coyotenose

     Man, someone ate a pissy muffin for lunch. Nice of you to whine because someone chose to be confrontational and insulting, and in return poor him had to have a SHIRTLESS MAN stand around nearby.

    Your desperate persecution complex is showing. Might wanna adjust your pants.

  • Anna

    That was my first thought! How bizarre to think that seeing a hot young guy in his boxers would turn straight women turn into lesbians, LOL.

  • Stan

    This guy’s got it all wrong.  Everybody knows that women become lesbians from riding those “bucking bronco” machines in country western bars.

  • Andi GreyScale

    No, that isn’t what he said.
    Lesbian =/= hates men.

  • kaydenpat

    So that’s why I’m not lesbian.  Never seen a male strip (except Hubby).  Figures.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I know full well that lesbians don’t hate men. But it’s a commonly heard misconception among christianists; the whole femminazi lesbian men-haters thing. I was just playing off it. 

  • Hilary

    BR – If a man thinks naked men create lesbians . . . he’s got some identity issues.  It’s not just that he’s wrong, there is just something wierd and not connecting about that statement.

    OT, I don’t know if you read it but I replied to your post on FA about Driscolls critic of Twilight a few weeks back.  It was something rather important for me to write, so I hope you did get around to reading it.


  • A3Kr0n

    ” Now where’s that hypocrite?” – Wheeeee!

  • Anna

    This idea that naked men are ugly isn’t limited to fundamentalists, but it does fit nicely with their views on gender and sexuality. Women are supposed to be pure, delicate flowers. Perhaps this preacher supposes that seeing a naked man would frighten their virginal eyes and drive them into the arms of other women. That’s the only way I can figure his comment making sense.

  • Silo Mowbray

    You insult people every time you preach to them about the Gospel. You’re insulting their intelligence.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    How dare you call someone hot. That is such a rude thing to do. He is a human and should not be seen as a sex object.


    /end sarcasm

  • Deven Kale

     The girls should always come first. ;)

  • bernardaB

    It is funny that I get an ad for fortune telling and tarot at the bottom of this video.

  • Coyotenose

     And here I and probably others were trying so hard to not give in to temptation and write that. :P

  • dantresomi

    no wonder the wife wants to have less sex with me… dang, i knew it! 

  • midnight rambler

    And yet, when other people disagree with someone doing that, you get upset.

  • A Reader

    Uh-huh. Magic Mike turned me into a lesbian. Yup.

  • Deven Kale

     Sometimes, you just have to give in to your inner 12 year old. hehe

  • CelticWhisper

    Pssh.  SOMEone’s unaware of the joys of simultaneous orgasm. 8-)

    You have much to learn, grasshopper.

  • Ddavis

     Tolerance doesn’t extend to bigots and racists.

  • AbsolutelyVeryTrue

    lesbians are everywhere nowadays that just certainly makes it much more harder for us straight guys looking to meet a good woman to settle down with.

  • SoVeryRight

    lesbians are everywhere nowadays and increasing.

  • Dan

    it is very true, and they are so very pathetic too.

  • Very Sad

    they are everywhere these days and multiplying, and that is very scarey.