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OPINION-Hall Family Preachers on campus cause an upset with in students.

OPINION-Hall Family Preachers on campus cause an upset with in students.
October 22, 2016 Morgan Lapp

A minor commotion was caused on campus Tuesday, October 3 around 11:30 a.m. when the Hall Family Preachers arrived at the free speech area of campus.  After about thirty minutes of combative preaching a large crowd of students gathered around to watch the scene. Many students voiced their opinions to the preachers before being put down by the negative comments they had to say in return. They spoke of Jesus and the Bible, focusing on topics like abortion, homosexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, saying statements like, “You students are majoring in whoreolgy,” and targeting students passing by calling them “harlots and whores.”

The Hall Family Preachers on the Free Speech circle of campus, preaching to a growing crowd of students.

The Hall Family Preachers on the Free Speech circle of campus, preaching to a growing crowd of students.

The Hall Family Preachers have become well-known around the island. They are often at large community events such as the Friday town parties and the weekly swap meet. For years now they have been coming to the UH Maui College campus on Tuesdays, around 10 a.m., to preach at passing college students about their message. In the past they never had a reaction like they had on October 3; students would simply walk past. Only once in a while would a student or faculty member actually stop to talk to them, because of this they hadn’t returned for some time. The Hall Family Preachers don’t claim to be part of any specific religious group and represent themselves.

Because of the way this group goes about preaching they often cause an upset with in their audience and such was the case on October 3. After a UH Maui College student had broken into tears because of their comments, the Maui Police Department was called in by someone on campus. They arrived soon after the event occurred, but could do nothing due to freedom of speech laws, no complaints to The Dean and because the group hadn’t been accused of disturbing any classes. Security hovered close to the area but could do nothing to stop the preachers.

The only thing that the police could suggest was that students leave the area and ignore them. Because the Hall Family Preachers say things that are controversial and upset many people it becomes difficult for students to refrain from voicing their opinions in return, but if this group is really upsetting people the police suggest ignoring them or walking away. On Wednesday, October 4, The Hall Family Preachers returned to preach for another two hours. The reaction on this day was the same as the day before.

The main preacher yelling to the crowd, women hold a sign reading “Choice? Abortion is murder!”

The main preacher yelling to the crowd, women hold a sign reading “Choice? Abortion is murder!”

The Hall Family Preachers have a YouTube channel where many of their events can be seen. Almost every reaction they receive in their videos is either negative or them being questioned on why they go about their teachings the way they do. Many people have reasonable questions for this group regarding their message and why they are so aggressive about the way they try to share it. It seems that not many want to take their opinions seriously because of the way they deliver them.

If the Dean were to receive enough complaints about this group’s presence on campus something may be able to be done about it, but for now all that can be done is for students to keep on walking.

Comments (5)

  1. Jesse Morrell 1 year ago

    I also think it is strange that you would solicit complains at the bottom of this article. A journalist and newspaper of all groups should recognize the importance of free speech. You can’t complain free speech away. That’s called a hecklers veto and is illegal. Are you trying to get the Dean involved in a free speech lawsuit?

    • Ariel Rogers 1 year ago

      Please be aware that this an opinion piece and that statements of this article in no way reflect that of UH Maui College or it’s Dean.

  2. Charlie in Wisconsin 1 year ago

    Nice passive voice. Take a writing course. “A minor commotion was caused”?

    • Ariel Rogers 1 year ago

      Please be aware that this is an opinion pieces and as such those types of statements are perfectly permitted.

  3. John McGlone 1 year ago

    This is called activist journalism.

    If the Dean were to receive enough complaints about this group’s presence on campus something may be able to be done about it, but for now all that can be done is for students to keep on walking.

    The reality is IF the intellectual garbage that has and is being fed to the masses in the public schools/universities is true then the students should be able to reason out their views and makes sense of life. But, because they believe; darwinian evolution, big bang theory, homosex is normal, holiness is abnormal, then they are blinded by their own sin.

    Why not engage the preachers on moral standards/issues? Why not engage them on why it’s righteous to get an abortion and kill your own flesh and blood? Why not prove that the God of the Bible doesn’t exist? They can’t and they won’t because they like most young people in our society have not been taught to think for themselves. Thus they are brain-dirtied with the same old trash of the devil he has been feeding the masses for millenniums. As the Bible says, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

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