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HayleyS February 7th, 2014 5:52pm

Would you be offended or uncomfortable at all if you were in a public place and someone of a different religion than yours was passing out flowers with cards attached that had uplifting quotes from their holy book on it?

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magnum
02/09/14 10:47 am

I usually say I don't in fairy tails or sometimes that I worship the devil. They leave me alone pretty fast.

Marley17 or is it just me...
02/08/14 5:25 pm

Passing flowers and positive energy is better than standing on a corner holding signs and screaming

Skarface Banned
02/08/14 12:51 am

I've been handed many a bible before. I don't care, but I feel like giving me a dozen bibles is probably a waste of a dozen bibles, y'know?

listgarten SF Bay Area
02/07/14 10:02 pm

Not at all. I'm Jewish and had some very good chats with random pastors spreading the word of God at train stations.

Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
02/09/14 12:32 pm

Ditto, except mine were at airports. I always thought it was sweet.

listgarten SF Bay Area
02/09/14 12:38 pm

Very :)
And I like having intellectual discussions with them. They're very smart people and we often agree on things

beanD California
02/07/14 4:53 pm

I wouldn't be offended. I might be a little uncomfortable, but not anything significant.

Wert A picture of my junk
02/07/14 3:40 pm

Annoyed, mostly. Easy enough to ignore, though.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/07/14 3:38 pm

Offended? I'd think that's lovely! It would certainly lift my spirits.

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Wackacrat Harford County
02/07/14 2:56 pm

I hate it when people are thoughtful.

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rlands
02/07/14 1:53 pm

You would decline it? I would've thought you'd be all over it, it's just a message of peace and love. That's like everything you stand for!

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
02/07/14 1:56 pm

If it were just a stranger, I would decline. I think it's disrespectful to take an item which will go to waste when they could give it to another person and it may flourish. Other circumstances, I may accept it.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 1:59 pm

Well in this circumstance, we had no idea what the purpose of it was until they has given is the flowers and we read the cards.

rlands
02/07/14 2:07 pm

Fair enough. That's very conscientious of you haha :)

Rocker saved by grace
02/07/14 1:26 pm

I wouldn't be offended, but I wouldn't accept whatever they hand out.

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Rocker saved by grace
02/08/14 3:45 pm

Unless it's a Bible, then I will kindly accept and give it to someone who needs a Bible :)

ozgirl not down under
02/07/14 1:01 pm

I'd feel like the biggest loser/hypocrite if I was offended or uncomfortable. I'm Mormon and served a mission. I appreciate how hard it is to do that, whether its knocking doors, or talking to people on the street. It's intimidating.

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2katz I live in Nebraska
02/07/14 12:52 pm

I'd go get one. I'd probably chat with them. I'm interested in knowing about other faiths. I'm a Christian.

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bethanyq Ess Eff
02/07/14 12:49 pm

As long as they aren't pushy about it and aren't impeding the flow of foot traffic, eh. No worse than the people giving out coupons and club passes.

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swervin Maryland
02/07/14 11:46 am

I would be happy. Anyone who is trying to spread peace is good in my book!

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DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/07/14 11:35 am

Nah, I might help them pass said flowers out!

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/07/14 11:28 am

Not at all. The Hare Krishnas used to do this all the time. No obligation, no inconvenience, no sales pitch. At worst, it's a bright spot in your day. What was printed on the card that would open the gates of Hell?

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2katz I live in Nebraska
02/07/14 12:50 pm

"Go to Hell. Go directly to Hell. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200."

jchristianreed South Carolina
02/07/14 11:25 am

Anyone who's "offended" by a genuine gesture of kindness has real problems!

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JennaF sunflower state of mind
02/07/14 11:24 am

That doesn't bother me if it's done in a public place. What bothered me was when a group of people lead by a pastor showed up at my mosque with signs telling us our religion was a lie and started handing out bibles.

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HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 11:25 am

Ugh I'm sorry. That's awful

JennaF sunflower state of mind
02/07/14 11:25 am

Don't apologize, it's not your fault :)

JClementine11 Washington
02/07/14 11:38 am

Please know that not all christians aee like this. Most of us completely dissagree with actions such as that...

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/07/14 3:40 pm

What?! That's insane. Who does that? Rude.

JennaF sunflower state of mind
02/07/14 3:42 pm

JC- Don't worry, I know. My positive experiences with Christians by far outnumber the negative ones :)

JClementine11 Washington
02/07/14 4:25 pm

Glad to hear that Janna! Just wish more people would see it that way haha

camigirl
02/07/14 11:19 am

No I think that would really nice. An expression of kindness in way I'm not accustomed to is always something really cool to experience.

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Torfin Never Behind
02/07/14 11:13 am

depending upon what religion would depend on whether or not I would accept the gift.

Torfin Never Behind
02/07/14 11:20 am

I would not but neither would I accept it from a Krishna nor a Scientologist.

Torfin Never Behind
02/07/14 11:21 am

I also would not interfere.

RJ1969 SoCal
02/07/14 11:11 am

Only if they used the act to get $. I don't want anybody selling me anything (religion or product) unless I make the effort to go shopping.

MJSeals J.D.
02/07/14 11:07 am

Not at all. I would thank them take it read the quote and pocket if. For the flower I'd find a pretty girl to give it to!

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rlands
02/07/14 11:07 am

I would think of it as a really really kind gesture. It would probably make me smile a lot :)

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HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 11:08 am

Yeah I thought it was a really nice thing to do.

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
02/07/14 11:06 am

I wouldn't be offended at all, I would feel grateful if anything.

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rons WOKE is sick
02/07/14 10:59 am

The hari khrisna guy always did something like that at the airports years ago. It was fine! Just don't stop my progress is all I ask!

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 10:53 am

I just had lunch in the student center with some friends.
A few people walked in with some flowers and started passing them out. They were so excited and thought it was such a precious thing to do.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 10:54 am

When we got our flowers and they read what was on it... They were pretty annoyed about it. They were totally uncomfortable. One was like "uh can I throw this card away? I feel like I'm gonna go to hell for having this lol"

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 10:55 am

Another was like "I feel like a bad Christian for not telling him about Jesus"

Their reactions pissed me off. I didn't say anything to them though lol

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 10:58 am

*for clarity, my friends were really excited and thought it was precious until they read what was on the card.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 11:01 am

I actually went on a rant texting you about this as it was happening, cole haha
I assume you aren't by your phone though. ^.^

Cole12 ...
02/07/14 11:17 am

Lol not right now! I'll text you back when I have my phone in like 2 hours. :)

DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/07/14 11:34 am

You should've said something to your friends, the grave will supply enough time to be silent.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 11:39 am

One of these days I'll get up the nerve to say something in these situations. I didn't want to start an argument though..

DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/07/14 11:41 am

Sometimes people don't realise they're acting idiotic and need someone to help them realize this, but confrontation can be intimidating.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 11:44 am

I guess I don't think that saying what I think is going to change anything. All it'll do is create tension.

Rosebud Ohio
02/07/14 12:51 pm

What religion was it?
And frankly, it's a free flower. Yay flowers!

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 12:53 pm

Islam. And I agree.. The people were also so sweet!

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 1:42 pm

Nothing that would be offensive. Mine had a quote on it about the worth of knowledge.
Each of ours had a different quote on it though.

Then at the bottom it had the name of our Muslim organization on campus.

HayleyS looking up.
02/07/14 10:59 am

I don't understand why anyone would have a negative reaction at all either lol