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2018-08-09 09:16:24 PM  
29 votes:
They seem to be the very few who actually read what Jesus taught. Most just want to hit you on the head with it, from their ivory towers
2018-08-09 11:45:36 PM  
22 votes:
Reaching out a hand, and keeping an eye out for our neighbors?

It's what Jesus would do. And did. We are maybe all the immortality that we get, the impact that we have on others' lives, and treating our neighbors as friends and with compassion is never a bad thing...
2018-08-09 09:37:15 PM  
11 votes:
Hero tag.
2018-08-10 06:42:09 AM  
8 votes:
So, they live out among the mischief makers, keeping them from stumbling into harm and giving them guidance.

Sounds more like a Shepherd than a Pastor

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2018-08-10 05:55:14 AM  
6 votes:

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?


I think most atheists would agree that one could do a lot worse than to follow Jesus of Nazareth as an ethical example. We're just not sold on the whole "son of god" thing
2018-08-10 01:14:29 AM  
6 votes:

WillofJ2: Just wait until the cult aspect of it comes out, there's got to be a catch


Nah, it's the church of England. They have up on being assholes a long time ago.
2018-08-09 09:21:43 PM  
6 votes:
Pretty encouraging to see something like that working. Most suggested solutions to problems with late night revelry basically more cops and tighter licensing laws
2018-08-10 08:08:06 AM  
5 votes:
Maybe they're very, VERY different in the UK, but in the US, a street preacher is basically an angry man on a streetcorner brandishing a bible and screaming at passerby.  Their sermons are usually filled with fire and brimstone, talking about how LBGT people are going to hell, about how everyone they see is going to hell for one reason or another, how everyone who supports X cause or Y politician is going to hell, and how only by accepting Jesus (which incidentally also means agreeing with them on all points of their fundamentalist evangelical doctrine) can you be saved from hell.

Street preachers were a big reason why I spent decades actively avoiding Christianity. . .because between hypocrisy at the Church I was raised at home, some serious theological problems I came to have with evangelical protestant theology, and Street preachers being giant walking reminders of everything I find odious about Christianity, I walked away from Christianity for decades.
2018-08-10 03:23:20 AM  
5 votes:
Wait, you mean to tell me they *gasp* practice what they preach rather than just judging people and telling them how to live their lives? That's ... just awesome. Really, really awesome and inspiring.
2018-08-10 03:22:49 AM  
4 votes:
It's working for now because the moderate and liberal religious are involved.  Once the more conservative and fundamentalist religious get involved, they will be starting far more fights and chaos than they prevent.
2018-08-10 01:52:58 AM  
4 votes:
They used to have the same thing, Operation Nightwatch in Seattle many years ago. It was completely non-sectarian: Catholic priests, Lutheran ministers, Episcopalians, Baptists, you name it. I think there was even a rabbi or two who participated. They just patrolled the streets downtown, letting criminals know they were noticed , helping the drunks and homeless if they needed anything, and just generally making the nighttime streets a bit safer just by being there.
2018-08-10 08:10:20 AM  
3 votes:
....they give out lollipops/Popsicles to cheer people up and keep the loud ones quieter.

Nice. I am going to remember this little trick.
2018-08-10 07:25:42 AM  
3 votes:

hackhix: I actually don't have a problem with us, but I have a feeling that while they're out there doing their thing they are prosthelytizing, which is the last thing a homeless or a drunk person needs. If they're not doing that, then good on them.


They're not, believe me. I know a bit about them - my mother is one - and they just do what it says in the post. They're happy to answer questions about the organization and why they do what they do, but they don't make any attempt to convert anybody.
2018-08-10 02:11:14 AM  
3 votes:

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?


Either way, whoever wrote those things down in that book may have been on to something.
2018-08-10 09:29:47 AM  
2 votes:
I've mentioned his story before.
I was accosted by a street preacher with his flock of teenagers just off campus ages ago, talking to me about Jesus, peace be upon him.
-You have to belieeeve in Jesus, my son!
- I do! (He lights up), but as a prophet, similar to all of the prophets before him (and Mohammed after him)
- No my son, you have to believe in him as God, for he has died for your sins!
- My sins in particular or everyone in general?
- No my son, your sins in particular.
- So if I don't believe in him, he died in vain? (He freezes, and I do I visual "fine, next matter") But Jesus is God?
- (lights up again) yes my son!
- And he died for my sins?
- Yes, my son!
- (eyes all dramatically wide) God Died?!!

He just shook his head and walked away while I got a couple of stares from some of his flock as they followed.
2018-08-10 08:13:51 AM  
2 votes:

scanman61: hackhix: I actually don't have a problem with us, but I have a feeling that while they're out there doing their thing they are prosthelytizing, which is the last thing a homeless or a drunk person needs. If they're not doing that, then good on them.

I take it you don't know many Anglicans


Anglicans, the Episcopals in America more specifically, are a lot of why I'm coming back to Christianity after 20+ years of refusing to have anything to do with it.

The Episcopal Church is the only denomination in the US I've found that really, genuinely seems to combine acting like I always thought Christians were supposed to act, with rejecting the kind of theology that lead me to want to have nothing to do with Christianity.

I'm starting my Episcopal Exploration classes towards formal conversion next month, and will hopefully be baptized and confirmed later this fall.
2018-08-10 04:23:32 AM  
2 votes:

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: vinniethepoo: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?

Fark believes in everything...and nothing! Bwahahaha! *rubs hands together*

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"Adleave"? Now what does that have to do with anything?!
2018-08-10 03:04:28 AM  
2 votes:
Apparently the giggity tag was reborn as an Interesting tag.
2018-08-10 02:37:13 AM  
2 votes:
The only street pastors in my town carry signs about how gay people are going to hell and call single mothers sluts. O and run for city council.
2018-08-10 01:45:21 AM  
2 votes:
What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?
2018-08-10 10:51:02 AM  
1 vote:

Silverstaff: Maybe they're very, VERY different in the UK, but in the US, a street preacher is basically an angry man on a streetcorner brandishing a bible and screaming at passerby.  Their sermons are usually filled with fire and brimstone, talking about how LBGT people are going to hell, about how everyone they see is going to hell for one reason or another, how everyone who supports X cause or Y politician is going to hell, and how only by accepting Jesus (which incidentally also means agreeing with them on all points of their fundamentalist evangelical doctrine) can you be saved from hell.

Street preachers were a big reason why I spent decades actively avoiding Christianity. . .because between hypocrisy at the Church I was raised at home, some serious theological problems I came to have with evangelical protestant theology, and Street preachers being giant walking reminders of everything I find odious about Christianity, I walked away from Christianity for decades.


So you changed your religious beliefs because you didn't like particular people?

Shame that there aren't any other churches out there, nor is there the ability to read the Bible in your own language and seek out like minded individuals.
2018-08-10 10:47:53 AM  
1 vote:

winedrinkingman: It's working for now because the moderate and liberal religious are involved.  Once the more conservative and fundamentalist religious get involved, they will be starting far more fights and chaos than they prevent.


Oh look, another bigot.
2018-08-10 10:45:53 AM  
1 vote:

Justin Beaver: They seem to be the very few who actually read what Jesus taught. Most just want to hit you on the head with it, from their ivory towers


A Fark bigot appears.
2018-08-10 08:31:15 AM  
1 vote:
I wish the steet pastors in my town would follow this example.  Instead, they stake out a busy corner inside the bar district and use bullhorns to scream at people that they are going to hell.
2018-08-10 06:58:34 AM  
1 vote:

hackhix: I actually don't have a problem with us, but I have a feeling that while they're out there doing their thing they are prosthelytizing, which is the last thing a homeless or a drunk person needs. If they're not doing that, then good on them.


I highly doubt that they're proselytizing. This is in the UK so they're most likely Anglicans - they sure aren't US evangelists.
2018-08-10 04:37:31 AM  
1 vote:
Street papa don't preach, I'm in trouble deep; street papa don't preach, I've been losing sleep, but I've made up my mind: I'm keeping my baby, gonna keep my baby.
2018-08-10 04:30:01 AM  
1 vote:
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2018-08-10 04:03:21 AM  
1 vote:
'If You Tolerate This...' Manic Street Preachers
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2018-08-10 02:28:08 AM  
1 vote:

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?


Fark believes in complaining about Christians even if they do so by complementing Christians.
2018-08-10 01:57:45 AM  
1 vote:

Bith Set Me Up: Hero tag.


You don't get a goddamn hero tag for being a decent human being.

We are already, socially, that "didn't nurm down a convent" qualifies as a goddamn novel piece prize
2018-08-10 01:55:45 AM  
1 vote:

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: What would Jesus do?
What Jesus taught?
Um, is this the same Fark that doesn't believe in the invisible sky wizard?


Fark believes in everything...and nothing! Bwahahaha! *rubs hands together*
2018-08-10 01:53:17 AM  
1 vote:

Biledriver: That is possible, they get around.  They love to get around!  Love....talking to people.  Even on rainy days:
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He seems like a real Gentleman.

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