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Doodlebug
August 25th, 2007, 10:17 PM
Have you ever had a bad experience with a Christian Fundamentalist concerning your religion?

Doodlebug
August 25th, 2007, 10:20 PM
I have had a bad experience with a Christian Fundamentalist concerning my beliefs before. I was a Wiccan at the time (this was before I reverted recently) and Donna, a neighbor of mine was out in the hallway. I told her that I was a Wiccan. She asked me what that meant. I said that I was witch. She proceeded to tell me how evil that was and that I was "worshipping Satan" and stuff. In fact, I think she even "rebuked" me in the name of Jesus. Needless to say, this upset me. I told my Grandma about it casually one day and my Grandma actually confronted Donna about it. Needless to say, I was slightly embarrassed.

Philosophia
August 25th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Have you ever had a bad experience with a Christian Fundamentalist concerning your religion?

Nope. I usually just ignore people who try to convert or convince me of their "one true religion" (and I'm not just talking about Christianity either. You get idiots in all religions).

Shanti
August 25th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Sure and with other people of different faiths and pagans too, even a few atheist.
People can be crappy in any walk of life.
Point?

wolfjan1
August 25th, 2007, 10:36 PM
I have been confronted by fundies several times in my life. Now when they tell me I am going to hell, or some other such drivel, I just tell them MY whole story. They hate that.

AdorablyDead
August 26th, 2007, 12:32 AM
I think even other fundamentalist christians have had bad experiences with other fundamentalist christians, lol.

I haven't had many though, just gets annoying especially if you're friends with one because then they actually do care about you and want you to convert. lol.

It's like, thanks for caring....kind of, but I'll stick with Odin sweety.

Heart of All
August 26th, 2007, 01:39 AM
I've had plenty of bad experiences with fundamentalists, but not really concerning my religion. I don't tell people when I know they're fundamentalists.

I did once, however, have a very uncomfortable experience with a fundamentalist. He was about 40 or so, and a complete stranger to me. I was waiting on my sister to pick me up after work, and we started talking about the weather. Eventually, he asked me if I'd accepted Jesus as my savior, etc. Then he told me "You know what you should do is save yourself for marriage." And in my mind I was like "NOT APPROPRIATE!" I mean, how on earth does this man think it's appropriate to talk to a girl half his age about her sex life?

LostSheep
August 26th, 2007, 03:21 AM
I've never really met any. it's a kind of thing we don't seem to get here. Mind you, I have come across a few atheist fundamentalists, and a few pagan ones, so it's not a uniquely Christian thing.

Lunar Raven
August 26th, 2007, 04:50 AM
No never. Honestly, if someone wants to challenge my beliefs or call me evil, that's fine. It doesn't bother me at all, therefore they are never bad experiences :p. I actually quite like making ignorant people look stupid.

Cat
August 26th, 2007, 05:16 AM
Nope. I don't go there with people I don't know.

I've had bad experiences with them over home schooling and internet courtesy, but not over religion. The only fundamentalists or if you prefer extremist types that I've had a religiously based problem with were the Wiccan ones.

CryssieWillow
August 26th, 2007, 05:45 AM
Yep. It was a few years ago when I was returning home from a few hours shopping. I had been at the New Age/Witchcraft store and while I was sitting in the train I was going through my purchases.
There was one elderly man eyeing me. We apparantly had the same stop and I hardly got off the train when he cornered me and started raving about how I was throwing away my soul and the devil would come and eat me and throw me in to hell and only Jesus could rescue me... the usual.
I patiently tried 2 times to say something but he just kept on it. Then I calmy said "Sir, I would like to talk with you about this subject but not in this way. Have a good day." And then he adruptly turned around and stalked of without a word.
It was a bit freaky really.
And I had complete strangers putting notes in my bag that Jesus loves me (Still have to decide if I think that's sweet or an invasion of my privacy. I have no clue who may have done that.)

cheddarsox
August 26th, 2007, 05:47 AM
no, can't say that I have.

I've had more "trouble"...but that's a strong word for it...from more mainstream Christians, and from Pagans and Unitarian Universalists.
I've discovered that the more "liberal" people claim to be, the less they seem to be comfortable with others having a strong belief of any type...that doesn't agree with theirs.

The fact that I have a faith and practice a religion is somehow more threatening to the "liberal" types. Fundies disagree with me, but they understand me. Liberal types just don't get me at all, and tend to hassle me, and label me close minded because I have settled on living my one faith.

One of the most difficult groups to deal with was the UU's. In the church I attended, they like to learn about other faiths, and talk about how wise and cool they are, but they were not cool with people in the congregation actually practicing a faith. That was considered a backward and unhip thing to do.

Aina
August 26th, 2007, 06:23 AM
A customer at work came through my line, and told me I was going to Hell for working on the Sabbath (Sunday).
Funny, I go to church on Saturday (when I'm able).
Such is life.

Shatril
August 26th, 2007, 07:04 AM
A customer at work came through my line, and told me I was going to Hell for working on the Sabbath (Sunday).
Funny, I go to church on Saturday (when I'm able).
Such is life.

Interesting that he was buying from you on the Sabbath. What a strange thing, as they shouldn't be participating in activities that would cause others to burn for eterninty. You might have mentioned that to them. :rollingla

Shatril
August 26th, 2007, 07:13 AM
To make a long story short. As a lark I wanted to see if I could become an ordained minister on line. I could and did. So I then wanted to see about marriage in my state, so I filled out the application (obtained online) to legally marry people, sent in my $10.00 fee, and was issued a certificate to marry people in my state.

I was larking with some friends of mine about it, and showing off my ID card as a minister. Now mind you I in no way actually practice anything like this. Some guy was listening in on our conversation, and finally we must have tripped his trigger as he went off.

He jumped up and started ranting about the KING JAMES version of the bible clearly states that woman were not supposed to be minister......blah, blah, blah. He went on for at least a minute before I just told him to "F--- Off, and F--- King James." He did indeed leave, but he muttered the whole time that we were in ear shot, and he was right behind us. It was so unpleasant that my friends and I went to another establishment to eat.

I found that so funny, and yet extremely unpleasant at the same time. :rollingla

:hugz: Shatril

LostSheep
August 26th, 2007, 08:35 AM
no, can't say that I have.

I've had more "trouble"...but that's a strong word for it...from more mainstream Christians, and from Pagans and Unitarian Universalists.
I've discovered that the more "liberal" people claim to be, the less they seem to be comfortable with others having a strong belief of any type...that doesn't agree with theirs.

The fact that I have a faith and practice a religion is somehow more threatening to the "liberal" types. Fundies disagree with me, but they understand me. Liberal types just don't get me at all, and tend to hassle me, and label me close minded because I have settled on living my one faith.

One of the most difficult groups to deal with was the UU's. In the church I attended, they like to learn about other faiths, and talk about how wise and cool they are, but they were not cool with people in the congregation actually practicing a faith. That was considered a backward and unhip thing to do.

That's an interesting point. It does seem to be like that with 'liberals' sometimes... they say that they're 'liberal' and they're fine with whatever anyone beleives, but they get scared when anyone has any strong beliefs about anything. It's a lot like that with the 'liberal' media... they say they have no prejudices about anyone, but they're always ready to mock anyone who does actually admit to having any beliefs about anything. The ones who smile condescendingly at pagans/wiccans (who of course are all the same thing in their book), and at the same time sneer at anyone holding any strong Christian views.

Whitewolf
August 26th, 2007, 05:29 PM
There are fundies in every religion. I'll usually just walk away if someone like that approaches me.

wolfjan1
August 26th, 2007, 05:34 PM
I've had plenty of bad experiences with fundamentalists, but not really concerning my religion. I don't tell people when I know they're fundamentalists.

I did once, however, have a very uncomfortable experience with a fundamentalist. He was about 40 or so, and a complete stranger to me. I was waiting on my sister to pick me up after work, and we started talking about the weather. Eventually, he asked me if I'd accepted Jesus as my savior, etc. Then he told me "You know what you should do is save yourself for marriage." And in my mind I was like "NOT APPROPRIATE!" I mean, how on earth does this man think it's appropriate to talk to a girl half his age about her sex life?
Sounds like an old fundie pick-up line to me. Those preachers types are the randiest sort. Then they cango to church and announced "I've SINNED!" while the other old fundies salivate while he confesses.

David19
August 26th, 2007, 06:48 PM
I've never had any bad experiences with fundamentalists, but then no one (offline) knows that I'm Pagan anyway (there's this guy in Camden who everytime I go there is shouting out a load of sh*t, and he's just one of those raving lunatic "Christians", but I love passing as it's really funny).

aranarose
August 26th, 2007, 06:56 PM
When they say I'm going to Hell, I just say, "Thank you, that's where all the fun people are going," and walk away. Or I say, "Hey, I already live there. Don't knock it."

Myrr
August 26th, 2007, 07:31 PM
I had an old coot come up to me years ago in a mall, telling me he would go to hell if he didn't save me. I told him he was going to hell and he started crying. I almost felt bad for him, almost. Then mall security escorted him away.

Son of Deborah
August 27th, 2007, 03:19 AM
I humbly submit that the people you have been dealing with are "jerks". "Jerkism" knows no religion and no politics. I have had the exact opposite experience as you, where fundies have no desire to "get me" or my faith, and liberals are nothing but respectul about my faith, but I wouldn't want to make it seem as though my experiences were somehow representative of anything other than the pronounced "jerkism" of those who were disrespectful to me. Heck, even the "liberal" atheists I know are fully respectful of my faith, and even seek me out of alternate opinions and worldviews.

Presumably it was unintended, but your post seems a blanket accusation against "liberals", and, as a card carrying "liberal", I felt a duty to defend my non-"jerkist" brothers- and sisters-in-arms. :hahugh:


no, can't say that I have.

I've had more "trouble"...but that's a strong word for it...from more mainstream Christians, and from Pagans and Unitarian Universalists.
I've discovered that the more "liberal" people claim to be, the less they seem to be comfortable with others having a strong belief of any type...that doesn't agree with theirs.

The fact that I have a faith and practice a religion is somehow more threatening to the "liberal" types. Fundies disagree with me, but they understand me. Liberal types just don't get me at all, and tend to hassle me, and label me close minded because I have settled on living my one faith.

One of the most difficult groups to deal with was the UU's. In the church I attended, they like to learn about other faiths, and talk about how wise and cool they are, but they were not cool with people in the congregation actually practicing a faith. That was considered a backward and unhip thing to do.

imapepper
August 27th, 2007, 10:13 AM
I'm Catholic so yeah, the fundies hate us, for the most part.

IronSeraphim
August 27th, 2007, 12:08 PM
Well, some of the places I've worked, I've caught hell when my pentacle fell out of my shirt. Nothing direct really......just a whole lot of questions, followed by ignorant mockery. I'm not exactly sure if they were all Christian fundies, though one in peticular followed me home and continued to argue the point......

.....lets just say his dentist wasn't pleased with me.....that and no one at that job really bothered me again.

cheddarsox
August 27th, 2007, 04:39 PM
I humbly submit that the people you have been dealing with are "jerks". "Jerkism" knows no religion and no politics. I have had the exact opposite experience as you, where fundies have no desire to "get me" or my faith, and liberals are nothing but respectul about my faith, but I wouldn't want to make it seem as though my experiences were somehow representative of anything other than the pronounced "jerkism" of those who were disrespectful to me. Heck, even the "liberal" atheists I know are fully respectful of my faith, and even seek me out of alternate opinions and worldviews.

Presumably it was unintended, but your post seems a blanket accusation against "liberals", and, as a card carrying "liberal", I felt a duty to defend my non-"jerkist" brothers- and sisters-in-arms. :hahugh:

I'm not sure how my sharing my own experience becomes a blanket accusation against anyone. As you presumed, that was NOT the intention. The intention was just to share my story.

If the shoe doesn't fit, just use it to kill roaches or let the dog chew on it. No need to put in on.

Mogget
August 27th, 2007, 09:44 PM
From all accounts the fundies in Oz are not as bad as in the US which may expalain it. Also I am very tolerant and easy going and rather private so there is little provocation for a fundie and almost no impact on me if they do choose to be rude. I don't much care about other people's beliefs, and don't dignify them with argumnets, trying to change their mind is as pointless, condescending and offensive as them telling me that my religion is wrong.

Renny
August 27th, 2007, 10:03 PM
A customer at work came through my line, and told me I was going to Hell for working on the Sabbath (Sunday).
Funny, I go to church on Saturday (when I'm able).
Such is life.

Wow man, you should have been like... "So does that mean you're going to hell because you're buying from me? and see what they said then

VioletJadeWolf
August 28th, 2007, 10:22 AM
Well, this hard to talk about, but when I first started college, I wanted to be "more Christian", so I joined my school's Christian fellowship group. I later found out that they were a group of religious fundamentalists who hated witches and gays, made their faith their whole lives, and though that only their religion mattered, and no one else's was valid. Needless to say, I won't be seeing them again.

Avalanche
August 28th, 2007, 10:32 PM
When they say I'm going to Hell, I just say, "Thank you, that's where all the fun people are going," and walk away. Or I say, "Hey, I already live there. Don't knock it."

I do that too. There's a crazy guy who comes to our campus every semester with a giant sign that says something along the lines of, "Jesus or Burn." It created quite a scene once with two people yelling at him, him yelling back, and a large group of us laughing and making fun of the guy. Eventually, the crowd all decided to have a "hell party" when we got there.

Generally, I don't have bad experiences with religious fundies. They have bad experiences with me. I've been known to make them cry before.

Whitewolf
August 29th, 2007, 05:55 PM
I've been known to make them cry before. :yayah: That's great.

ap Dafydd
August 30th, 2007, 07:38 AM
I have had a bad experience with a Christian Fundamentalist concerning my beliefs before. I was a Wiccan at the time (this was before I reverted recently) and Donna, a neighbor of mine was out in the hallway. I told her that I was a Wiccan. She asked me what that meant. I said that I was witch. She proceeded to tell me how evil that was and that I was "worshipping Satan" and stuff. In fact, I think she even "rebuked" me in the name of Jesus. Needless to say, this upset me. I told my Grandma about it casually one day and my Grandma actually confronted Donna about it. Needless to say, I was slightly embarrassed.

But are you implying that you "reverted" as a result? And if so, why do you consider it to have been a bad experience?

gwyn eich byd

Ffred

monsnoleedra
August 30th, 2007, 08:18 AM
I keep reading this thread and though I'd give it a little of a slant on fundies.

When I was stationed in Scotland back in 1979 our base experienced a revival of Christian religion. Needs to say we had fundies running everywhere, honestly you couldn't throw a rock without hitting one. Bible studies every day, meetings, mass prayers the whole nine yards.

Well my roomate was approcahed by a group one day and they just had to save his soul. Now he was never to PC about things so he told them he didn't need saving as he was Satan incarnate. Yep, added gas to the flame.

Now seeing as how he was my roommate the fundies just had to save me from him. I was met at the doorway to the common area in the quads. Hail Mary's and all that as they just had to get me to take Jesus asa my savior and demand I be moved into another room.

Well let's say it didn't go over to well for them when I told them I was a Witch. It really added more fuel to the fire when I assured them I would keep a seat ready for them for they had failed the first tennant of thier religion. They really hated it when I asked about the "Judge not less yea be judged".

Now the fade passed and things went back to normal. I find it funny that a fundy group got all bent out of shape about it, yet a Southern Baptist preacher I worked with (Hell and brimstone type) years later would only say: "God" takes what form he needs to reach us, For me it was the form of a set of pagan gods / goddess. "

Greybird
August 30th, 2007, 08:49 AM
Have you ever had a bad experience with a Christian Fundamentalist concerning your religion?

Yes, I have. I've had equally bad experiences with pagan fundamentalists.

Mesektet
August 30th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Oh yes, many experiences over the years. Oh well...