“God gave me the desire,” he said. “If you don’t have a desire, you can’t do it, especially on college campuses.”
Birdsong said he began preaching at UNC in the early 1980s. He has traveled to schools all over the nation, including nearby institutions like N.C. State University and Duke University.
Birdsong said before he was saved and began preaching, he spent time with members of “The Brotherhood” and “Hells Angels” biker clubs.
After his religious transformation, he attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and he visited Israel for a few months. He met Brother Jed Smock, who also preaches on college campuses, and started sharing his testimony as well.
Birdsong said he’s glad he has the protections under the First Amendment, but he wouldn’t stop preaching even if it weren’t allowed.
“I don’t care if I have it or not,” Birdsong said. “If God tells me to do it, I’ll do it.”
Freshman Bryan Labra said that Monday was his first time listening to Birdsong in the Pit. He said he thinks Birdsong should be allowed to preach on campus and that he does not abuse freedom of speech under the First Amendment.
“I don’t think he’s hurting anybody,” he said. “People have the choice to ignore him.”