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We just had a women visiting our office who was trying to get us to buy an section in a church bulletin to advertise our agency. Our marketing director declined, saying that because the owners of our company are Jewish and other employees in the company are of various faiths, we wouldn't be interested in advertising in a specific church's (in this case, Catholic) bulletin. The women paused a moment (I saw it happen, she was just standing in the lobby) and said solemnly: "Oh, okay then. I will pray for your owners, that they will see the light and have a change of heart and be saved." Oh my goodness! We were shocked that she'd say something like that. We thought it was funny, and laughed quite a lot after she left, but the more I think about it, the less I find it amusing and the more I find it derogatory. I mean, who was she to imply that someone else is in desperate need of prayer. Ugh. I'm just venting, I guess... Maybe I should be happy that she was concerned, but I just found her offensive.
 

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I think your first instinct (to laugh) was right. I used to be annoyed by people like that too, until it dawned on me that they could preach until they were blue in the face, and it wouldnt make the damned bit of difference. Those kinds of people can only make you feel bad about yourself or your current faith if you let them. Personally I pity them and their narrow-minded views. So yes, laugh away.
 

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hmmm sad but yup we still have people like this interacting with others.. it is one thing to believe your religion is the only right one, but to comdenm a person to hell is a whole other ball game.. i pity the folks who believe that have that much say!<br><br><br><br>
i also wonder if they have actually read their bible because from where i sit it does say to not cast judgement as well as not call a man a fool and i would say that she did both.
 

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Definitely Rude especially after it was explained to her that the company has many different religions working there! I've had to submit ideas for articles at my last company and I was surprised at the things that were rejected because someone else might find it offensive.
 

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I would just laugh it off.. but if she ever comes in again (like so many door-to-door people do) you may want to tell her that you found her statement offensive. It's not a big deal.. it was probably just her way of trying to piss you off since she couldn't make a sale.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by veggiewriter</i><br><br><b>We thought it was funny, and laughed quite a lot after she left</b></div>
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Well, that was polite of you! I would've laughed in her face <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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That was completely rude. But, as Shamus said, they can only make you feel bad about whatever it is they're preaching against if you let them.<br><br><br><br>
The really sad thing is that the woman who said that probably believed that she was doing a good thing.
 

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that would have completely pissed me off. it's bullsh!t. no offense to anyone, but oh how i love to mock those people like her.<br><br><br><br>
like gazumper said, i would have laughed in her face too. and then given her a lovely little lecture.
 

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Definitely rude. We get the "thumpers" here too banging on our doors. Now I just keep a fake petition hanging on the wall and when they start in... I ask them to sign the "pro abortion" or "pro death penalty" petition (depending on which one is needed at the time). They generally leave and never come back. It's a great deterrent for the "religious salespeople".
 

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Ugh. That's well beyond rude, and certainly insulting. People who think that their beliefs are the only correct beliefs give other spiritually inclined people a bad name, and probably deter others from whichever faith they think is so damn great.
 

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I honestly hate people like those. It's incredibly rude.<br><br><br><br>
There's one girl I know who is a HUGE thumper, and she's condemned me to Hell many times over. She insults my religion, tells me what I should do instead, and yells at me when I don't do it.<br><br><br><br>
But I've learned to live with it. And it's not as casual of a comment as you got, so I really couldn't help you there.
 

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At a house I lived in during my second year of uni, we used to get a number of door to door religious salespeople. The worst ones were the Jehovahs Witnesses. They must have had territories they worked, as we had the same two old ladies come to the door each time (which was about once every few months). One time they came around I decided I had had enough of listening to them preach about the evil sinners of the world. I came to the door in nothing but shorts, which was startling enough for two old ladies. However they began their spiel anyway. I cut them off part way in, explained to them very nicely that I couldnt read their material as it would make my master Satan very angry, and promptly closed the door. I never saw them again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I find that interesting just in that being raised a Catholic i've never once heard anything about "being saved." Thats a term and concept more used in other branches of Christianity. Not that I'm a good Catholic or anything, but I took enough years of religious instruction to have noticed if we were in the "saving" business...<br><br><br><br>
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I don't think its offensive as it is ignorant. I don't appreciate people who have made the decision for me as to whether or not I'm worthy of God's affections or concern. I'm sure she meant it well, and I probably would have laughed, then gotten annoyed cause she was brainwashed and stupid.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by missleigh</i><br><br><b>Ugh. That's well beyond rude, and certainly insulting. People who think that their beliefs are the only correct beliefs give other spiritually inclined people a bad name, and probably deter others from whichever faith they think is so damn great.</b></div>
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Speaking of religion (as opposed to spirituality) don't many major religions have the idea that their religion is the "correct" religion as a main point of that religion? If someone is of a certain faith who solemnly believes that one must accept a certain belief in order to be truly accepted by God (into heaven or whatever), then doesn't it make sense that they would feel people not of their faith would need to be prayed for, saved, converted, etc.?<br><br><br><br>
I would laugh at them, but I would find it as rude as I generally find any religious belief that feels that God endorses that specific faith moreso than others (which many religions do). I am used to knowing that many if not most people's religions say that I am going to hell. It's funny, but it is still rude at a certain level.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rabid_child</i><br><br><b>I find that interesting just in that being raised a Catholic i've never once heard anything about "being saved." Thats a term and concept more used in other branches of Christianity. Not that I'm a good Catholic or anything, but I took enough years of religious instruction to have noticed if we were in the "saving" business...</b></div>
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Yeah, me too. For as long as I can remember (and I go to Catohlic school), we've never had talk of "being saved" as that woman did, it's more like "Jesus Christ came and saved humanity", and Catholics (at least, Roman Catholics) don't believe that if you aren't Roman Catholic, you're going to hell. However, I've gone to my friend's curch group several times, and they're a branch of Christianity, I'm not sure which. They appal me the way they talk. One girl asked that, since her grandmother died recently and was not baptized in the faith she was, what she could do, since it really bothered her that her grandmother was not "Saved". The teacher just told her the best she could do was pray to God for his forgivness on her evil soul, even though it was doubtful anything could be done since she had not accepted that church's notions of God and Jesus Christ as her personal lord and savior through that particular church. I just sit there baffeled thinking, what? How can people think like that?! But, oh well. Back to the original topic, I really do think it was rude of that woman to do that to you guys, though I personalyl would have laughed my @$$ off and thought nothing of it. Some people are justl ike that, and I've encountered so many now I just can't even take it seriously anymore. After all, they're the ones with the problem, not you.<br><br><br><br>
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When Jehovah's Witnesses come to my door, I just tell them politely and firmly, "I'm not interested in discussing religion", and then I politely and firmly close the door. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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yeah, i'll ditto the thing about catholics and being saved. went to a catholic school for 7years, raised catholic (dont consider myself catholic anymore) and never heard anything about the whole being saved crap...actually, i remember a religion teacher (a dominican nun) frowned upon/mocked that whole thing on a regular basis.
 
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