Piece of Me
by SiouxFan - Posted Wed September 12, 2007 @ 11:59 PM
Attempt Number 2:
I was walking on campus today, on my way to class, and up ahead I notice the bible-pushers. Now for those of you who aren't familiar with the bible-pushers, let me tell you a bit about them. It seems like once a semester they are at very busy places on campus handing out bibles or it seems like pushing bibles onto people. This pisses me off firstly because I hate when people shove their religion down other people's throats. But what pissed me off even more was what I witnessed. In front of me a girl walked past them (there was someone at each of the 4 corners of the busiest pedestrian intersection on campus so you couldn't really avoid them, I tried) and the guy asked her if she wanted a bible and she politely said, "No thanks." The guy says, "Oh my," in a condescending tone. Um, excuse me? Are you really offended when someone refuses to take your holy book? But doesn't the book you are passing out say not to judge others and yet you do?
Another thing, why do I only see them on college campuses? I've been to 2 different universities in 2 different cities and I've seen them only on campus. Does the bible pushing not go over as well in other populated areas, such as sporting events or malls? Or are they just trying to capture what they assume to be nave minds to their religion? Or do they view college campuses as a "hot spot" for sin and think we're in the most need of "saving"?
Either way it pisses me off. If I wanted a damn bible, I know where to look to get one. If I want to be a part of your religion, I know where to go. Leave me the fuck alone when I'm in my everyday life. I can understand if I went to a religious event to pass them out, but I am at college to learn logic and not faith, thank you very much.
So as I am walking by, I don't have a chance to say a thing. He hands me a bible and says, "Have a nice day!" Thanks, but you just killed a sapling because I have no need for a bible. None. The thing just creeps me out. Needless to say, I threw away my mini-bible. Looking back I should've told him no thanks and kept walking but I feel I might have started a scene. Just a few days ago, we had a local crazy on campus preaching that Jesus will save us from hell. How nice of him. The student paper wrote that there was someone arguing with the "Jesus enthusiast" saying that their 1920s tactics on recruiting people aren't working anymore and that the religions feel threatened because they aren't getting the people they can change. Thankfully I'm not alone.
The creepy thing about the bible I was given is that on the inside cover, there was this verse that read something like, 'I am thankful that God sent his son for the sins I have committed' or something like that. Then it had a place to sign like it was a fucking contract or something. Religion sounds like a cult to me, and really it is a socially acceptable form of a cult. The thing I really hate is the tearing down of self-esteem by calling normal everyday life functions sins and then making them feel bad about it. And of course the only way to build yourself back up is to accept god. Break 'em down and rebuild them to do what you want, sounds like a cult to me!
Even worse is when people only see you as a title/stereotype/sin and don't see there is another human being in front of them. And then to judge someone on their "title" alone to speak for the whole person? If you believe in the bible, it says to let god do the judging. So really, you shouldn't care if someone doesn't believe in the bible, if someone is homosexual, if someone wants to have an abortion, etc. because god supposedly does all the judging. So quit being uptight pricks about it. Let people live their lives. Would you want to be judged simply because you are left-handed, look a certain way, act a certain way, etc.? Would you have a problem with non-believers, homosexuals, and abortion if they weren't in the bible? Or is it just because you are a follower of what a book says?
I'm not here to change anyone's minds about their religion. If you have made the decision that's best for you, then that's great. But don't try to change others. Let them make up their own mind. I find it HIGHLY offensive when someone tries to push their religion on me because they obviously think I can't make decisions for myself. No one but me knows what I've went through to get to my current stance on the topic and it's downright disrespectful to come in and insist that I can't make decisions for myself and should change beliefs. No.
Now I know what some of you are thinking, that I'm destined for a life of bad things. Great, I've already overcome some horrible things and I'm sure I can take them. Because I'm a non-believer doesn't mean I'm a horrible person. I still have ethics like most other people. I know what's right and wrong. If you assume otherwise, that's your problem.