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.