Foist, I almost agree with Darin. At the same time, I do get that urge/temptation that Kevin describes (about sending something back). I say this remembering the first superstitionist card I got, some 40 years ago, from a guy had "maranatha" on his card larger than his callsign.
That said, I print my own QSLs just as my Dad printed 'em over 40 years back, hand-set type & one-at-a-time letterpress. Gives me plenty room to go boring on stuff to put on 'em.
Me personal, there ain't no god to talk about and even goin' to the expense of starting the word with a majuscule. I don't get downright confrontational about it, although I did have an interesting chat with a guy claimed his subconscious was really Jesus telling him how to save his marriage once at the Dayton Hamvention (to which I go every year like the hajj). If I decide to fill that space on my card up with something that'd make folks stop and think they better put the card down before the lightnin' bolts start to fly, it would be the evil Kirk version of the guy put all that maranatha stuff on his card 40 years back.
Difficult call. I think I'll forget about it until my subconscious comes up with a solution. Kinda like I do trouble shooting any more.
The only thing that gets me about the superstition cards is that the people who send them are usually the ones who go completely buggo if they receive a card that mentions some other superstition.
Agreed. (With a sidetrack to http://conversationalatheist.com/2010/11/the-department-for-the-stu...).
At the same time, I'm not a "on your sleever" either. A simple pin &c does the job. I have a difficult time proselytizing for disbelief because I do enough monitoring as it is just saying anything at all. It's like the "like" people, the ones who like can't like say anything like without like saying "like" every couple like syllables. I'm already annoying enough.
Doesn't stop me from ushering the wandering revivalists off the porch, however. And I learned long back not to even begin to engage folks I meet on the air who profess their entire existence guided by the almighty hand of whatever god gets 'em fired up good.
I am not a proseletyzer for atheism, at least on amateur radio. I keep that stuff off my radio blog, and off the air. There's plenty of other fora for arguing about superstitions or the lack thereof :)
In my house, however, if someone brings up religion, it's very likely I'll call them on it. Ditto for conspiracy theories, anti-vax bollocks, and so on. But that's in my house. I don't go to my uncle's house (he's a minister) and torque him up about his superstition, however, as I consider it a matter of courtesy in his house. If he was to spend time proseletyzing, I probably wouldn't go at all rather than argue about it.
I don't have a problem ignoring the "God bless you and your family" stuff a lot of hams feel the need to sign with. I can understand them putting some religious oriented icon, image or saying on a QSL card.
But an ACTUAL tract? Come on! That's just completely disrespectful. Want to send me a tract? Fine, include it in the envelope with your card, but don't put a sticker on the back where the church address would go and send it as your card. How would you feel if I just took a wrapper from a snickers bar and did the same?
73, Kevin AB2ZI
Well, yeah. I guess it's a lot like the old OO thing. Do I really care enough to get riled about any of this? Sometimes, yeah, sure, since I look at bible study nets & similar "discussions" as a form of "see how much more I know about Jesus than you do" narcissism.
As to the original concept (send a tract as a QSL), well, that's what PDFs and The SubGenius Foundation are here for. You send me that? Ok, here's one of my weirder phenomenological markers.
Thus agreed. Cool . . .