posted on Jan, 16 2011 @ 11:58 AM
Obviously I agree with you, and even if my opinion is getting rather repetitive (but then the pro-theist camp itself has half a dozen basic
'arguments' it repeats over and over), I will emphasize the missionary aspect of extremist christianity (and some similar ideologies).
I would guess, that most readers of this thread know a lot of religious or otherwise ideological individuals (in my case from several different
religions), and in my opinion a majority of them are perfectly nice, agreeable and decent persons, who don't have this obsessive need of pushing
their ideologies on makind.
As I have spent most of my life on the fringe of mainstream, I've had a lot of firsthand contact with compatriots in weirdness, and based on that
I'm quite convinced, that the pushy extremist isn't so much motivated by the 'message' itself, which he/she tries to enforce on mankind, but
rather by having a special mindset, where special existential or psychological drives are at the core of his/her character. It's being a missionary
per se, which counts.
And I'm equally convinced, that this can be observed through the very 'methodology' mostly used by fanatics to 'prove' and spread their claims.
As in the example on this thread, where it's been suggested, that "a few seconds isn't too much to ask for" (which gives you time to say 'glory
be', but not more). And then when the salesman's foot already is in the door: "Or maybe a few minutes", and then later (I suspect): "Let's call
it ten minutes, and we want exclusive rights".
Anybody can see through these tactical maneuvers, which coupled with cottage industry 'semantics', 'logic', 'science' can make most victims
annoyed and the outcome is naturally confrontational polarizations, which the relaxed ideologuers never get into.
(I have been a confirmed vegetarian myself for 45 years, and I doubt if anyone really notices or cares very much).
Well, in the present confrontation, the 'practical' aspect of the situation is so simply solved, that only a post or two on this thread would have
been necessary. But a lot of "we have 'rights' ", "we are persecuted" etc are presented, as far as I can see with only one aim: To provocate a
(I remember similar tactics used by hard-core commies in my youth. Some demonstration with several thousand peaceful participators would tun into a
violent streetfight between everybody and the police, as a result of a few well-directed commie-thrown stones).
Amongst all the options these school-board christians have for praying, before (loud) or under (silent) meeting procedures, they choose the one which
will lead to the most irritation, and which then can be brought to the attention of debate-forums.
Don't these people want to spread their ideology? So why are they behaving in such a way as to p... everybody off, unless it's for the pure joy of