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    the "Convert or Die" mentality

    On campus today there was a group of people handing out copies of the New Testament to students. They're generally nice, but to me they have been repeatedly intolerant and downright rude. They invade personal space and just keep on pressing their views until I walk away or cave and take a Bible. Two years ago, one of them even threw a Bible at my head from across the room. They keep getting invited back to campus every year to try and convert the student body, and I seem to be the only one who has had a bad experience with them.
    Whenever I try to express my annoyance with these specific people and their actions towards me, I generally get a response like "stop being hateful towards Christians." I want everyone to understand that in NO WAY am I hateful towards Christians (hi Malflick ) I just really don't like it when people try to force their beliefs on me. I would dislike it just as much if they were any other religion, it's just that where I live, when I encounter this, 99.9% of the time they happen to be Christian, and when I rant about them I come across as hateful.

    What are your experiences with conversion tactics, and what do you think of people who do this?

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    I can confirm they are always there chucking mini bibles at people....

    in high school a local church would have the boys and girls there invite people they found out had crushes on them to lock-in church events.... I had a crush on this girl, she invited me, and I spent hours running from youth pastors politely hounding me unrelentingly.

    (Hi Nightingale! You do seem to have a fondness for one Christian a lot, IDK what they are talking about )

    Those people at campus are always annoying....

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Generally college kids are annoying.
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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    My family is mormon. I am not. My parents beleive in if we all want to be in heaven togeather as a family we all gotta be mormon and uphold the gospel. I failed them getting tattoos, piercings, having premartial sex and of course practising witchcraft as the latest addition. There are guilt factors they use to try to get me to come back. They never once said I was going to hell because they know I am not a bad person. In general mormons are fairly good at avoiding this cursing. In general they beleive I wont reach the highest level of the celestrial kingdom.

    They try to get me to join in family prayer during my visits, family bible study, mormon movies specifically about pioneers and how god delivered them, ect. All tactics that never worked on me as a child why would they work now lol?

    From other christians I've been yelled at for mentioning my family was mormon (them assuming I was to and thus doomed to damnation as many christians for some odd reason don't believe mormons are christian. They totally are as they believe in christ the savior same as all the rest).
    I've been bible thumped when I was atheist. Mostly online.
    Now that I wea rmy pentagram proudly around my neck I'm interested on what kind of bible thumping I will get. I don't think most people realize its a pentagram cause its got a super cute cat on it lol.

    I cannot say I'm like some who have no problem with christianity or islam. I have major issues with it. The religion not the people who practise. I'm learning to hold my tongue. I figure treat them as I would like to be treated. I've never talked a friends religion down who was christian ect. So I play nice and supportive. I even go with a friend to a wednesday night church service with our children. I cannot deny its just for the food lol. They know I'm not chritian there but they are kind to me anyways and their meat load rocks.

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    Generally college kids are annoying.
    they aren't kids, they are adults from off campus

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Flamethrowers make great tools of persuasion...

    Err sorry, serious answer,

    Start travelling past them with one or more friends. This provides them the options of
    1) behave better in public
    2) increasing the supply of witnesses to public stupidity until the campus has to do something about them

    Doesn't matter which choice they make, you win.
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    Yoda told stories, and ate, and cried, and laughed: and the Padawans saw that life itself was a lightsaber in his hands; even in the face of treachery and death and hopes gone cold, he burned like a candle in the darkness. Like a star shining in the black eternity of space.

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Quote Originally Posted by Malflick View Post
    they aren't kids, they are adults from off campus
    Ahh. Well go gather up some annoying college kids and introduce them to each other.
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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Has anyone ever tried complaining to the college staff about the whole Bible chucking thing? Sounds like it could potentially hurt someone.

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Quote Originally Posted by iflewoverthecuckoosnest View Post
    Has anyone ever tried complaining to the college staff about the whole Bible chucking thing? Sounds like it could potentially hurt someone.
    not that I know of. they're pocket-sized New Testaments, so not a really heavy Bible or anything. when they threw one at me I easily deflected it with my arm.

    also, this college is kind of infamous for not listening to the complaints of its students.... (HUGE understatement, but I don't want to get into that right now) :/

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    Re: the "Convert or Die" mentality

    Quote Originally Posted by iflewoverthecuckoosnest View Post
    Has anyone ever tried complaining to the college staff about the whole Bible chucking thing? Sounds like it could potentially hurt someone.
    ....The college has ignored complaints and dangers of far more serious and awful varieties, which I do not want to speak of right now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    Ahh. Well go gather up some annoying college kids and introduce them to each other.
    I can think of a few people I would love to see argue with them, with the hope of mutually assured destruction lol.

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