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Substance? Where?

Not here, that’s for sure. I’ve been working on my job interview coding project (C is both frustrating and fun to code in) and haven’t really had much initiative to post anything substantive.

But, Townhall is almost as fun as Agape Press, so I found something I can comment on:

More proselytizing, please

The saga of Abdul Rahman, the poor Afghani who switched religions 16 years ago and faced a death sentence before being labeled mentally incompetent, is a good reminder to all of us to cherish both the freedom to choose our own religion and the ability to proselytize one another freely.

Why is it that I only see Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses at my door? Where are the Christians, knocking on my door and telling me that Jesus is the way? What about devout Jews — why aren’t they going door to door, telling me that Jehovah is the God above all Gods and letting me know when conversion classes are? What about the Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and Sikhs?

Perhaps they don’t feel like annoying people in their homes? It’s not like you never see Christians passing out literature.

For that matter where are the gays? If being gay is so much fun (they’re always having parades), why aren’t they recruiting door to door and proselytizing others to join the big party? And if the heterosexual monogamists are so opposed, why aren’t they giving me literature on the joys of sex in marriage?

I think we know the answer to that one.

Far from proselytizing, we’re too busy being “tolerant” which too often means pretending we all agree with one another.

Actually, I thought it meant having respect for the beliefs of others and limiting the urge to push your religion on everyone else.

I was once proselytized by an Antiochian Orthodox Christian and though I didn’t convert to her particular denomination, I appreciated the fact that she cared enough to tell me what she believed. Another time a Korean-American woman approached me in a parking lot and told me that Christ was returning the following year. He didn’t, of course, but I appreciated her fervor. Why should we be offended by such efforts? We should consider it an honor that they care about us enough to warn us of our impending doom as they see it.

It seems strange that the author apparently wants to be inundated with requests to convert to one religion or another. Once and a while is fine, but I think even he would get irritated with the constant nagging.

None of these have had to face the death penalty and America is a great country precisely because of the freedom that allows us to move to and from whichever religion we choose and attempt to convince one another of the truth of our beliefs, an idea we should practice vigorously at home and export abroad.

Can’t disagree with that. But did we need the silly idea of encouraging proselytizing?

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  1. March 29, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    Why don’t you see any Jews at your door? Because Jews aren’t evangelical; they believe that their model of living speaks for itself. Perhaps Mr. Joseph would do well to research his topic before blathering on about it.

    I think this is an invitation for all street preachers and door-to-door proselytizers to drop what their doing and go to Mark Joseph’s house.

  2. March 30, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    I wouldn’t mind if they would dress for conditions. I’m tired of handing out ice packs and salt tablets to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses who insist on wearing ties when it’s 100° and 100% humidity down here.

    There’s local junk mail recycling so I don’t have to put their brochures in the landfill, and if I’m painting they come in handy for masking window panes.

    What bugs me is when people who live in gated communities that don’t permit any kind of door-to-door solicitors make these suggestions.

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