Extremist group clashes with Kutztown students at university

MAXATAWNY TWP., Pa. - Hundreds of students clashed with a handful of extremist protesters on the campus of Kutztown University.

A group the school called "Matthew 24 Ministries" descended near the South Dining Hall to invoke messages of hate toward Muslims, atheists, women, and the LGBT community.

"We're out here protesting sin," said a woman with the extremist group, identifying herself as Sister Mary.

The group has visited other colleges and universities. It last visited Kutztown University about a month ago.

The university's dean of students put out a message Thursday afternoon warning students about the group's presence on campus. University police were on the scene for hours, working to keep the peace.

The school said the group had every right to be there, but university officials said they do not support the group's message.

"Kutztown University certainly protects the first amendment rights of everybody, visitors, our students... but also reject all forms of bigotry, racism, and discrimination," said Kutztown University spokesman Matt Santos. "That is our value at Kutztown University."

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