Church members try to lure kids into van

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Church members try to lure kids into van
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Thu, 05-07-2009 - 4:01pm
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_12286425



Summary: In Colorado Springs, a local church parked outside of a middle school. The members tried to lure kids into their church van for conversion and baptism without parental consent. It is an ongoing problem in which the school has tried to protect the children, but the church has continually escalated their efforts over recent weeks.


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Thu, 05-07-2009 - 8:53pm

That was really disturbing! We live in Colorado Springs, not too far form that school.


I teach at a Middle School and a few years back we were having trouble with some religious group (not sure if its the same one) trying to pass out pamphlets and generally harass the kids on the way home. We could chase them off our property, but once they went across the street and stood on the sidewalk there was nothing we could do but glare at them...The principal would come over the PA (which can easily be heard several blocks away through the outside speakers) and told the kids the ignore them. They looked pretty mad about it, but they didn't leave for several weeks.


I live close by and sometimes walk home, and on more then one occasion have been practically chased home by some well-meaning religious nut on a mission to save my soul! Goodness knows we have plenty of those around these parts...




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Thu, 05-07-2009 - 10:16pm
Quote: "I live close by and sometimes walk home, and on more then one occasion have been practically chased home by some well-meaning religious nut on a mission to save my soul!





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Fri, 05-08-2009 - 9:10am

LOL!!!! On the pepper spray!!! Love it

I have to question the Well-meaning? It's intimidation and harrassment that I don't find well-meaning at all. I hate that because they think they are right it can pass it off as them not meaning any harm. It doesn't work for any other group, KKK, Child predators, atheists ;-)...

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Fri, 05-08-2009 - 9:27am

HAHA! Actually it's kind of fun to string them along sometimes :)


At least it keeps them from spending time with someone who might be more easily influenced...and one even offered to carry

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Fri, 05-08-2009 - 9:34am

I think that most of them are well-meaning, in their own minds anyway. I used to be VERY religious, so I can sympathize a bit with where they are coming from (although I will admit that if anything it makes it even more annoying!)


They truly think that you are going to hell and are going to suffer for all eternity if they don't "save" you. So in their mind, a little bit of pestering, or even intimidation,

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Mon, 05-11-2009 - 7:55pm
Maybe they could take lessons from the kidnappers and child molesters. This is downright creepy.




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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 1:09am
If these attempted kidnappers did not belong to some kind of church, would you think that the police would even hesitate one second before hauling these creeps in.
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 8:30am

I wonder how long it would take us to get arrested if we got a van, drove by some schools and started debaptizing their children.

I don't really understand how churches can get away with this stuff. I know most Pagan/Wiccan groups won't even accept members under 18 because they are so terrified of legal repercussions. I can't remember the exact charges the groups have faced in the past, but I think it was kidnapping and custodial interference. Groups that do accept new members usually have some kind of parental waiver. When is the last time you saw a church that required a parent's permission for a child to attend? Double standards.



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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 10:49am
It is time we get our own van, drive up to their churches and noodle their children.






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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 9:33pm

That is hysterical!!!!!! LOL Tell me that isn't your van! lol

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"Pssst. Hey Kid. Wanna meatball?"
"Kid...we got sauce, rigatoni, penne, anything you want, we got..."

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