AI: Reactions to Street Prosthelytizing
I went to the WI State Fair this past weekend, with my boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. It was a lovely day out, spending time together eating fried food for which we were charged far too much, and hearing terrible covers of Nirvana songs. The cream puffs were as good as advertised, and we saw a lot of bunnies which makes me really happy.
Anyway, as we were entering the park we passed by a group of Christian evangelists passing out pamphlets. I don’t know what the pamphlets said, because I didn’t read them. I just ignored the “Is Jesus Christ your lord and savior?” question and kept walking.
As soon as we passed the first pair of evangelists I looked across the street to where we were headed. Yep, another pair, probably from the same group. So I took my boyfriend’s hand in mine, and headed across the street. Confidently, out, proud.
The pair of evangelists on the other side of the street ignored us completely. They looked, saw us, and looked away, refusing to acknowledge our existence as they continued to try to convert the other fair goers.
Honestly, it felt like a hell of a win for me. I had accomplished getting them to ignore me the same way I usually have to ignore them. It felt really good.
How do you handle street preachers and evangelical pamphleteers? Do you ignore them? Engage with them in debate or discussion? Make out with someone in front of them? What works for you?
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