Christian evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia, said Boster approached him as he was holding a sign about evolution, mocked him, and then became confrontational.
“He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior,” Karns said. “He was very agitated, very demonstrative… it was very unbecoming of a professor.”
Within minutes, Boster, who began teaching at UConn in 1997, also began to openly mock campus tour coordinator Scott Smith of Schoolmaster Ministries of Raleigh, North Carolina, as he preached.
“As I was pointing to Christ—I was talking about the sin nature—I said, ‘There’s probably some people out there—maybe even professors—who think they descended from monkeys,’” Smith stated. “[Boster] jumped off the ground and came running over and basically started screaming, ‘I did not come from a monkey! I came from an ape!’”
“He got about two inches from my nose,” Smith noted. “You could tell he was going to pop.”
Karns said that Boster then confronted him a second time, using profanity and getting in his face. Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity Ministries in Jackson, New Jersey, said he witnessed Boster present a speech in an attempt to agitate the students.
“He started to address the students as ‘My brothers and sisters of Darwin,’” Rappaport said.
“I want you to join me in saying, ‘Praise Darwin!’” Boster mocked, as students echoed his refrain. “Amen!” Boster proclaimed.
Boster then told students to “feel your spiritual kinship not just with other humans, but also with your fellow mammals.”
“We are all bonded together in that great spiritual web. The divine saturates nature the way that gravy saturates cornbread,” Boster said.
According to the report, as Rappaport began preaching, Boster became increasingly agitated and, at one point, began screaming in Polish.
“He literally got two inches from my face and started yelling at me that I was ignorant,” Rappaport said. “I start trying to transition to the gospel and he then tried to get the crowd to tell me to shut up.’”
“He was being rude. He was talking over me,” he continued. “He was yelling at me, and I tried to say, ‘Can we have a reasonable discussion?’… But he asked a question and then talked right over me.”
Rappaport said that though Boster claimed he was going to conduct “open-air Darwinism” on campus because of the preaching, he then pivoted and said he would be open to exchange emails for future discussion.
Christian News Network said that Boster, who earns $119,486 per year, could not be reached for comment.