What was your worst experience with religious people?
We had friends who went to a Pentecostal Church and we tried to keep an open mind. So we decided to go to Church one Sunday. It was horrific. These people were so blind to the brainwashing. It was a business and the EFTPOS machines by the door made me want to cry. The sermon in particular was about the expensive gold watch her friends had bought her for her birthday. She was glad that they spent so much money on her and not bought her something cheap and nasty. It was truly disgusting
While I was still a Christian and an active youth. The parents of a church mate decided to open a Christian Coffeehouse. I got my entire Bible study group to help set up and paint the place and get the place going. I even brought my home stereo system and speakers so that they would have a basic PA system and DJ capabilities. It was a cool thing for awhile, till one day the adults told me that "GOD" told them I should donate my equipment to them. I asked why didn't God ask me himself. I got some BS answer from them. I told their son what his parents said and he agreed with me that it was BS and got the spare keys and we got my equipment the next day. If they had come to me as themselves and asked if I would donate my equipment to them I probably would have. My experiences with that church and that group of people that finally turned me away from organized brainwashing. That was 25 years ago. I haven't returned to the church since.
At the daycare my son goes to (which does not in any way indicate that it is a "Christian daycare" the teachers are making the kids recite prayers before they even leave for school on the bus. My son came home a few months ago asking to get baptized. He said he learned that if he doesn't he won't go to heaven. He is 6, so I took him to get baptized so he wouldn't be scared since the daycare so carelessly threatened the kids with hell. I also did it so my mom would stop asking me constantly to do it (she is also religious).
My best friend had AIDS and, when he didn't have much time left, he asked his older brother (who lived in another state) if he could see him one last time. His brother sent him a bible and told him he still had time to save himself from hell if he hurried. Oh, and he'd be praying for his soul. I can't fathom anything that hurt's another human being that intensely as being good.
My trauma is this. My worst experience with religious people was when I was 17 and I had a group of three elders (older appointed men) assigned to assess my case of immorality. They are called a judicial community. Anyway they suspected I was lying to them about the exact events that took place being my boyfriend and I. They wanted to know details about how far we had gone sexually with each other. Supposedly they needed the information to discern whether or not to kick me out. But next they invited me to meet them at another kingdom hall (church). I thought it was just going to be us. They failed to mention there were going to be three other Elders and my boyfriend there.
So here I was, 17, the only girl there with 6 old geezers and my teenage boyfriend all sitting in a circle going into detail about our sex life. They asked us questions like, "Did you masturbate at all? How much clothes did you have on? Where was it? How many times?" Etc. Etc. VERY DISTURBING. I don't know how I didn't realize how wrong it was and why I didn't run out of there. The brain washing was strong with this one. (AKA: me.)
There all snobs that think just cause you don't believe you'll be condemned to hell.
The funny part is its all made up the Illuminati made up religion to scare people to conform.
My grand parents are bible thumpers and have tried to force that crap into my head but it doesn't work.
An old GF of mine said something along this line, that these people who just can't think of anything that is better than proclaiming to the whole wide world that they are somehow morally superior to everyone who is not a "Christian", are some of the most UN-Christlike people you could ever want to meet!
The father of my best friend since Junior High School, was a big time Jesus freak who loved to brag about how he never missed a Sunday in church (except while in WWII when he was killing other men!), but yet he was a big charlatan, hoaxer, flim-flam man, liar, BSer, thief and con man, always trying to sell others on his "genius" and bogus inventions! The man had no shame or moral integrity at all. He never bilked anyone out of more than a couple grand, so it was just a lesson learned for them as it would have cost ten times more than they lost to try to get it back. That's where his REAL genius was!!
I was disfellowshipped (ex-communicated) from the religion I grew up in (Christadelphianism). That whole process of being questioned by leaders in the church and the way I was treated was horrible. I had already reasoned my way out and decided to leave, but they refused to let me resign and then kicked me out. I never heard from them again, although I'm not so bothered by that. They did me a favour really.
I had a baptist minister and some of his congregation show up at my door. They were going door to door to invite people to their church. At the time I still considered myself Christian. I told him that I didn't normally go to Church but thank you. He than went off on how I was going to Hell but worse since it was my responsibility to show my family the way, I was leading them to Hell also. I shut the door in his face at that point.
My mother who was temporarily a Jehovah's Witness would not sign a release form for me to receive a blood transfusion while I was unconscious and hemorrhaging in the ER. My husband arrived in time to sign the release and the Doctor told him they would have gone ahead anyway and done it since I was not a minor but they just try to cover their asses just in case I was religiously opposed to receiving blood and woke up angry. I found out about it years later and it was pretty upsetting. My mother flip flopped on religions for years and finally concluded toward the end of her own life that we really don't know crap and we better just enjoy life while we have it. I forgave her but it makes me crazy to think about the daily life or death (and quality of life) intrusions that religion gets to play in our "modern society".