Woe is me
Posted: 15 May 2012 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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So there I was, walking down the street, listening to a great POI podcast on my Android phone. Chris Mooney was interviewing Greta Christina and they were discussing how religious people come to be atheists. I was thinking about what I might say to the next Christian or whatever who tried to convert me to his or her faith.

Then, out of nowhere, I see a young man approaching on a bicycle. He was wearing a dress shirt and tie, black slacks, and had a plastic smile permanently attached to his face. As he apporached me and stopped his bike, I realized—too late—what you the reader have already deduced. Yes, he was a Mormon and he was out prosletyzing. The conversation only lasted maybe 30 seconds, and then he was on his way. It only hit me after he left and I stood there dazed and confused, what had just happened.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster, praise his pasta, had provided this witnessing opportunity which I had let slip away. When the young Mormon handed me a card with information about his church, I had simply said “thank you” and went on my way. I didn’t utter a single word in protest. Didn’t bring up my own deity at all. Didn’t tell him about Pastafarianism or the gloriousness of His Noodly Appendeges. Woe is me!

What shall my pennance be?

And why am I suddenly craving Fazoli’s?

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Posted: 15 May 2012 11:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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LOL

I think you did the right thing. Enough to say, “I’m not interested” and be on your way. No need to be nasty.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I agree and who has the time to educate a closed and locked mind in the middle of the street anyway. Besides you would in all probability feel bad for the kid in the long run. Taking his card doesn’t make you one of the cult. It just meant you’re polite and Unless he blocks your path and is persistent, then consider the source and go your merry way, expressing “there for the grace of the noodley one go I”.


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Posted: 15 May 2012 07:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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While it’s best to say, “I’m not interested”, I sometimes come up with a smart remark, which they really hate.  I haven’t had a JW or a Mormon talk to me or knock on my door in a long time.  I have a tendency to tick them off.  LOL

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Posted: 16 May 2012 05:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks for the understanding and support, folks. Still, I feel I let down the FSM. As penance, I’m going to avoid meatballs for 3 months.

In all seriousness, I never even considered a rejoinder. It would have been less than futile and only served to waste time from an otherwise enjoyable after lunch stroll.

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Posted: 16 May 2012 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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My point exactly, and we are vitrually surrounded by fundies, especially here. Fundies to the right of me, fundies to the left vollyed and thundered!! If you really want to hack them off just ignore their meaningless rants. Tell them to: “Have a nice day” grin


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Posted: 21 May 2012 10:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Knowing now that folks like that’s minds are basically closed up tight, I’d just take their card, thank them, and move along.  BUT in my college days when I was always ready for confrontation, I did have an experience with Mormons. They came to my apartment once with their Book of Mormon in hand (which I did want, to read plus it was a free book, can’t turn that down!).  I asked them in to discuss things.  They gave their spiel, and I politely said thanks, now you can listen to mine.  I spent the next couple of minutes telling them about Secular Humanism.  They were polite.  Then at the end they offered me their book.  I said absolutely, as long as I can give THEM a copy of “Why I Am Not A Christian” by Bertrand Russell.  I said it was only fair.  Guess what? They absolutely refused to take the book.  I ended up taking their book because I was genuinely curious.  They on the other hand were not.

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Posted: 21 May 2012 06:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Of course they weren’t curious. Their minds are already made up, so no amount of facts or logic will get through to them.

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Posted: 21 May 2012 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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FreeInKy - 15 May 2012 10:48 AM

What shall my pennance be?

And why am I suddenly craving Fazoli’s?

You must eat spaghetti and meatballs until your stomach hurts.

Then pray for forgiveness until it stops hurting.

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Posted: 22 May 2012 12:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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FreeInKy - 16 May 2012 05:55 AM

Thanks for the understanding and support, folks. Still, I feel I let down the FSM. As penance, I’m going to avoid meatballs for 3 months.

In all seriousness, I never even considered a rejoinder. It would have been less than futile and only served to waste time from an otherwise enjoyable after lunch stroll.

OTOH you might have shaken his beliefs to its foundation and in his confusion he might have forgotten to signal his reentry into the traffic and be run over by a truck.

Could you have lived with that guilt?

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