Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Apparently the word is out that I'm a heathen.

I have no other explanation for why two different sets of door-to-door religious prosletyzers have come to my door in less than a week to offer my damned soul some salvation. Maybe it's the statue of Buddha on our doorstep. Maybe it's the fairy hanging in my window.

Whatever the case, it's no cause for being an assumptive asshole. I find myself feeling very hostile towards someone who comes to the door of a stranger's house with a Bible and a cute child (insurance against name-calling?), opens it and says, "Hi, I'm going to read you a scripture this morning," as if it's just perfectly acceptable to assume I am interested, or that I don't already have a faith with which their Bible verses might conflict.

The nerve. There are a lot of beings that need saving: The whales, the dolphins, those who are starving and those who are being abused...please just leave my soul alone!

JPR

6 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, Blogger tricia stirling said...

Jordan, you crack me up.
I think these guys are pretty indiscrimanate, buddha notwithstanding.
hey, i have a givaway on my blog today, and it calls for a bit of creativity. won't you come and play?

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Ms. Theologian said...

Ugh.

So I guess I can't read you scripture next time we get together?

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Stephanie: Scripture? By which I guess you don't mean manuscripture?

:)

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Trushka said...

We had visitors of the same kind very often when I still lived w/ my mother, father and brother.
One day we made them get into the house, we showed them the sofa and we started to drive THEM crazy. We made a big point of giving them our reasons why God didn't exist.
They looked at their watches and said they had to leave but Bruno and me went on talking and talking and explaining to them how injustice, famine, sexual abuse to little children, earthquakes and wars were enough for them to realize God did not exist.
After that they didn't ever come again.

You can use our method if you feel talkative next time. We won't charge you copyright.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Trushka: I see you're feeling better!

I think my problem is that I have no interest in trying to change their minds...I really don't care what anyone else believes (though I have had the fantasy of doing exactly what you and Bruno did).

J

 
At 7:14 AM, Blogger Trushka said...

Better but not well enough yet.

Could it be a good plot for a novel? I never know what is fiction, non-fiction, etc. so you judge it.

Imagine the main character being convinced of joining a religious group. He experiences his life in that group and then he is convinced to join a completely different group, even a revolutionary group. And so on.

It would take a long time of research but it could be interesting, funny (I can think of many potentially funny situations) and, if well intended, it could be a grain of sand on the idea that humans are humans, no matter what x they belong to. (x being race, country, religion, whatever)

You see... I'm home for 4 days already... it's probably making its effect.

:)

 

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