Did you know that an image can “swear to you”? Yeah, neither did we.
University of Buffalo professor Laura Curry was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she “launched into a profanity-laced tirade directed towards a group of pro-life students,” according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
Her complaint? She was upset that the pro-life rally on campus had on display an image of a man being hanged. (Pro-life rallies regularly feature images drawing comparisons between abortion and infamous mass slaughters [i.e. Wounded Knee, the Holocaust, etc.]).
In a video that was recorded moments before her arrest, and later posted to Creative Minority Report, Curry can be heard saying that the image is “swearing to her.” So she responded by swearing about the image. Loudly.
“Where does it say I can’t use the f**k word in public?” the professor shouted at students. “I can swear because that’s part of my vocabulary. That’s part of my First Amendment rights!”
“I can swear in public because that is profane,” she continued. “That image is swearing to me. That is profane to me.”
Curry is an adjunct instructor of media study, according to the Fox report [strong language!]:
“That image is profane but f**k isn’t,” she went on.
Police officers eventually responded to her tirade, allegedly offered her a warning, and then hauled her off when she refused to calm down.
A university spokesman confirmed Curry’s arrest but declined to provide further information regarding her employment status, Fox notes.
“The University of Buffalo strives to create an environment in which diverse opinions can be expressed and heard,” the university said in a statement. “As a public university, it is a fundamental value of UB that all members of the campus community and their invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions.”
The statement added that protesters have a right to “oppose the views or opinions of others, but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.”
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