I can't stand them. Had one come to my door today trying to discuss his religion with me and I was pretty annoyed and the whole ordeal got me thinking of past encounters and just my thoughts in general on this topic. Going back to my days in hs, I was confronted by a ton of these door salesmen trying to save me from my life when at the time, I was fairly active in church but not their "church" and obviously I was wrong and they were right. I remember being tricked into going to church activities by my mormon friends (under the illusion of playing basketball or flag football, etc) as well as having girls I was interested in send their church missionaries over to my house to convert me to jehova's witnesses. Then I go to college and I could not walk through the campus without these fellows asking me about my beliefs and if I have been saved and whatnot...argh. At this point in time I knew the game and I would say I was already a member of their church and that got them to leave me alone. That was one thing I could not stand in college was the constant attempts to recruit me to a religion or to a cause....multiple times a day. I am not kidding. These individuals would stake out the corners of major walking intersections and pick apart the walking mass to get people into their schemes. You know it is bad when wearing sunglasses and earbuds wasn't 100% effective as sometimes they would grab your arm! Then I get to grad school and by now I thought I would have had pretty thick skin to ward off these attacks. Little to my knowledge would I know I would get stuck with an officemate (mind you 4 years younger than I) who was a christain zealot. I remember going out to lunch with the guy and him asking me straight up if I was a "brother in christ" and his religious overtone dominated the conversation. In fact, pretty much every convo I had with him would lead to him steering it into talking about religion...no matter what topic I had brought up, like football. How does that even happen? The same guy lectured me on how it was a sin to have a female roommate because I would be tempted out the wazoo to supposably bang her. well guess what, she is now a close friend and our relationship dynamic has never hinted nor been anywhere close about what he lectured me on. Yes, I guess it is possible to have female friends and not need to get physically involved you religious nutjob officemate! In short, the visit I had tonight just made me angry at how people feel the need to insert their foolish doctrine upon me in my own place of residence. I do not care and I do not appreciate this gesture. I live a happy life and I do not go out of my way to tell people how to live. Just let me be in peace and leave people alone. With this mindset, I can't help but become slightly angry and how all these church folk feel they are bettering the world by going on missions and making people adapt to their culture at the expense of their own and then feel they are helping these people see the light. It is aggravating that they have this superiority complex when it is often times these very religious beliefs that are the cause of most conflict and the retardation of civil rights progress. /rant I know my thoughts may be a bit chaotic but what do you think about people that think they are helping you but in reality are trying to force their beliefs upon you?