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05/06/2008

Sidewalk evangelism: The Tom to reasoned discussion's Jerry

by Jeremy Hooper

We never tire of watching the religious community's biggest public relations headaches do their aggressively judgmental thing:

Seriously, what is it about the marriage of concrete, fresh air, and personal faith that leads to such overconfidence? And why is it that the impetus to stand on a street corner and yell one's personal beliefs tends to only scratch the brain of one particular type of faith view? Gays and liberals are the "militant" ones who supposedly have the "agenda." And we certainly like feeling a nice breeze. Yet for some reason, we or nobody we know has ever had the desire to stand on a public walkway and yell condemnations at passersby. Odd.

We know evangelicals think they are supposed to be the salt and light. But the obstacles on the path to both rational discourse and the newspaper box? That just doesn't seem to be a godly goal.

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Haha.

My favorite part is when the angry sidewalk man said he could "discern the will of God" or whatever.

I never understand why people get into shouting matches with people like that, rather than just giving them blank stares and saying things like "But you're an uneducated hick. I highly doubt God has chosen you to be His voice."

Always the weird obsession with anal sex, too. These folks seriously don't realize what a "tell" that is, regarding where their true fantasies lie.

Posted by: Evan | May 6, 2008 1:29:35 PM

I know it's hard to resist, but I honestly think the best way to deal with this kind of stuff is to ignore it. I know people want to engage in argument to right the wrong of ignorance, but it's rather futile considering the fact that if someone is so overly confident in what they believe that they are going to literally shout it from the street corners, they aren't going to be persuaded of anything.

And it seems like the only people that usually form a crowd around guys like this are the ones in opposition. So aren't they just giving a forum to the very voice they don't want to hear?

Posted by: Eric L | May 6, 2008 2:30:58 PM

I'd actually agree with you, Eric. Oftentimes the ones who choose to challenge these characters are also guilty of letting aggression get in the way of discussion.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 6, 2008 2:34:51 PM

But wait that is Berkeley right? Not unusual for any street corner. At least the weathers good, and he does have clothes on, they didn't when I was there and were speaking from peoples park.

Posted by: LOrion | May 6, 2008 7:49:05 PM

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