Originally Posted by mikepart
First off, I will say that I think that folks should be able to believe whatever they want. If faith in some god or gods makes you a better person then that's great. But it is also acceptable to voice your opinion if you do not believe in a religion. Why is it acceptable for evangelical Christians to knock on my door every other weekend and tell me that I'm going to Hell, but it is not ok for others to point out all of the ridiculousness of their beliefs? Have you ever had someone knock on your door to tell you that there is no god?
The problem with this guy's post is that he is being exclusionary. I don't really care, but it is rude to post an invite on a public forum that only extends to members of a particular religion. What if instead of Jesus loving Christians, he was inviting only non-Jewish white people?
When I have a permit, I invite people regardless of their religion, race, gender, political views, or ethnicity.
OK, now we're getting some brotherly love.
Of course a healthy debate about religion is a good thing; Christians and heathens debating their belief set can only be a good thing. Can't expect either side to convert, but it does make for a lively debate.
Now the thing is, this is an exclusionary invite; basically, come worship with us. Maybe Ekim is seeing an opportunity to do some soul saving. For sure there's a lot of potential soul saving work to be done around the place. Or, maybe he kind of wandered in, like the Christians into the Lions pit, and he's already cleared the first hill on the way out of town. Time will tell.
But I've seen some pretty exclusionary invites on this forum before; girls only, non drinkers only, drinkers only and so on. No one hate blasted them, just at most a yawn from the assembled members. Maybe a little good hearted fun poking. But I've rarely seen such disrespectful, rude, ignorant rants aimed at a newbie before. They could not have thought it would be cute or acceptable.
Now on to business; I'm a straight, Republican, fat old white male looking for invites. Mike, you got room for me?
when the evangelicals come knocking at my door I ask em do they learn to read in school, and point to the no soliciting sign. Then I slam the door, cause you know, I'm a cranky old fart and I can do that.
No, never had anyone knock on my door to tell me there is no God, but once I had the devil show up after a particularly long weekend that involved experimentation with a gallon of particularly tasty Tequila and an IV hookup. Turns out, the Devil looks just like my wife when I've been an idiot. Although I will say, my wife has a nastier disposition than the devil when she's aggravated.