reply to post by ArrowsNV
In fact they usually defend a persons right to be as annoying or rude as they want as long as that person doesn't impede business, intimidate,
or break any laws.
Okay, let's have a look at the gray area here....
: ...if the people had left (as NuT suggests they had the choice to do), the man would have been impeding business.
:....most evangelical street preachers are trying their darnedest to intimidate people by instilling the fear of hell into them.
Was this guy? I don't know. I'm speaking only on terms of socially acceptable and effective 'salesmanship'...which is what they're supposed to be,
right? Selling their religion to the 'heathens' or those in the 'wrong religion.'
"breaking any laws"
: we are guaranteed by the Constitution to have freedom of religion...which includes any
religion, or lack thereof.
For someone to force their religious views on others who did not come asking to hear it is very
borderline .... it is ignoring the fact that
those people have a right to choose their own place, method, and doctrine, or to choose none at all. That is freedom. Freedom of AND FROM religion.
Anyway, I was a clinical counselor for several years. The way to gain someone's interest, trust, and continued interaction is not
at them when they don't want to hear it.
It's like NAGGING. No one likes to be nagged. No One Likes To Be Nagged. It backfires every time....
For a tiny example here on ATS' religious forums, there is a member who routinely inserts "you smoke, you get cancer" into his treatises on religion,
spirituality and truth.
When I read through his posts, which are kinda hard for me to follow anyway, every time
I see that phrase, that declaration (which, btw, is
proven to be true...) ...I stop reading. Immediately.
I roll my eyes, and move on. See what I mean? If you want to gain an audience, don't insult them and make them feel inferior, stupid, or damned.
That's just really poor salesmanship. These guys (the street preachers) are self-appointed (or perhaps denomination-appointed) 'salvation salesmen'.
Using fear to browbeat people into submission is ... well.....
a very sketchy technique, almost guaranteed to fail.
Instead, offering respect, dignity, helpful approachability, and recognizing the 'client's' or 'seeker's' freedom of personal choice works much,
If some guy were behaving that way in front of QuikTrip or the grocery store, I'd say to the manager, "You know there's someone out
there preaching, right?" and,
If I discovered accidentally through his ranting while my ears were in the area what 'org' the guy was preaching, I would automatically decide to
NEVER step foot anywhere near him or his 'friends'.
Does that make sense? How about just handing out fliers, like the Hari Krishnas used to do?
But, I don't suppose that guy was trying to talk to people like me, who aren't interested. He's looking for the lost sheep, right? I don't know....I
just can't wrap my head around the method or the objective. It's lame all the way around, in my opinion.
edit on 7-4-2012 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)