Jesus had FOLLOWERS, not PRISONERS!

I do not appreciate nor do I respect religion. I mouth off to people, strangers, who say “bless you” to me when I sneeze. That said, you can imagine my annoyance when, after getting on a full train car this morning, I was accosted by a middle-aged, weave-haired black woman preacher holding a Bible in her hand and shouting her sermon at the top of her lungs. The entire train car, with the exception of one man who tried to order the woman to be quiet, sat there and took the abuse without comment. I, along with the impressive male complainer, politely asked the crazy woman to “Shut. Up.” She, of course, ignored both me and the other complainer.

Now, I do not understand sheeple, but I think that society is taught to respect others’ religious beliefs and, therefore, most of us assume that asking a preacher who is breaking the law by preaching to a captive audience to stop is somehow wrong or, heaven forbid, a sin. Well, silent Christian sheeple, I have news for you.

Jesus, your saviour, had FOLLOWERS, not PRISONERS. Jesus was not rude. In fact, Jesus went to hilltops outside of towns to preach and, if people wanted to hear him, they followed him to the hilltop. Sidewalk preachers and train and bus preachers do not act like Jesus. The do the opposite of what Jesus did. I guess you could say, if you wanted to, that preachers who take prisoners, like the preacher woman on the train, are actually the opposite of Jesus. She was an Anti-Jesus!

So, for all you silent endurers of proselytizing performers on public transportation: if your silence is due to some sort of misplaced respect for religion, read your Bibles and discover that you do not need to respect the anti-Christs of the CTA (or any other public space). Merely say, “Get thee behind me, Satan” and stomp your feet.

If you are quiet because you are afraid of these religious shouting lunatics, remember, there is power in numbers. We got rid of the crazy religious zealots in Washington by joining together, and we can get rid of them in our own backyards, too. And, by all means, stop saying “bless you” to someone who sneezes. It’s just stupid.

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Comment by Susan LaCroix on March 22, 2009 at 10:29am
Rosemary, if you do write the book I'm betting that a lot of us would love a copy of it. I'm not up on bible quotes because I never read it, but you're right, it would help to have my arguments ready next time.

Eric, I like the idea of macing these people, but I think the courts would probably give you a hard time. This country's legal system is supposed to be based on the law, but we know how the politicians are about religion. The press would make you out to be the bad guy, instead of the person who infringed on your rights. Sad, isn't it? Maybe we can show ourselves to be the better people though, by not sinking to their level to make our point. I tend to feel sorry for the religious zealots, they're so deluded and close-minded that arguing with them is pretty much a waste of time. They choose not to listen to reason, even though their reasons for believing in "invisible friends" are ridiculous.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 21, 2009 at 7:10pm
I am thinking of preparing a mini book of not-so-nice Bible quotes which I carry with me at all times in preparation for a similar attack. Then with a loud voice I can cry to the masses as follows:

“Ma’am, you do not preach the full Word of the Lord! If you are not preaching the Full Word of the Lord his wrath will surely be upon you. Listen as I read you what the Bible says is the Word of the Lord. ....


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Comment by Susan LaCroix on March 21, 2009 at 6:43pm
Funny you should bring this up now. My husband and I went for a walk today and some woman was sitting outside one of those storefront churches. We could hear her 2 blocks away because she had a microphone and a speaker sitting next to her. She was singing and preaching, while another woman passed out flyers. When we tried to walk by her, she jumped in front of us, and with the microphone in our faces, asked if we had been saved yet! My husband said "No, but we're hoping the police will arrive at any minute and save us from YOU. We called to report a loud, crazy woman accosting people on the street, and they should be here any minute." She just stood there with her mouth hanging open and we walked away laughing:)
Comment by Cheryl on March 21, 2009 at 5:32pm
I appauld your actions. You are so right!
Comment by Clarence Dember on March 21, 2009 at 6:30am
Subway and bus preachers are dumb asses. Probably live on poor nutrition in carbon monoxide kerosene heater cubicles. Rationality not part of their plan.
Comment by cj the cynic on March 21, 2009 at 4:18am
Nice intensity. It is important to stand up and make your voice heard.
Comment by Buffy on March 21, 2009 at 12:56am

Jesus, your saviour, had FOLLOWERS, not PRISONERS. Jesus was not rude. In fact, Jesus went to hilltops outside of towns to preach and, if people wanted to hear him, they followed him to the hilltop. Sidewalk preachers and train and bus preachers do not act like Jesus. The do the opposite of what Jesus did.


Hear, hear. Screw the whiners who hold us prisoner with their lunatic nonsense then cry "persecution" at any attempt by us to break free.

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