(good god–a newbie attempting to start a thread! the cheek!)
I was driving to work today when I heard something on NPR that got my dander up–the story about the Southern Baptist council targeting the Jewish High Holy Days to send out pamphlets encouring members to pray for their salvation, and (and this was implied, to my mind, but not stated in the story) work for conversion. Jewish leaders interviewed seemed to be (rightly) peeved that the convention (and I’m sure they don’t represent the views of all Baptists) would be so insensitive as to choose this week for this effort. Baptist leaders state that it was “out of love.”
Hokay. Now while I don’t doubt the sincere thoughts of what is more than likely the majority of Baptist leader that their “conversion” effort is “out of love,” can’t they understand that they are far more likely to piss people off with this than convert anyone? It seems to me like a form of what I like to call (and I am an inveterate phrase-maker) “spiritual solipism”–the inability to see beyond my own beliefs for a second to empathize with the feelings of someone with different religous beliefs!
“You must not mind me madam; I say strange things, but I mean no harm.” Samuel Johnson