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Deep Thoughts

By Tony Hicks
Thursday, December 6th, 2007 at 12:13 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ve got to get better about posting more on this thing – assuming people actually want to read it. I was in Las Vegas for four days earlier this week and meant to blog. Somehow I kept finding better things to do.

But I do have a question today, prompted by the men who came to my door this morning, trying to get me to join their religion. At least that’s what I think they were there for. It’s not like I answered the door. In fact, I hid under the table and pretended gun-toting intruders were searching for me. And this time I almost managed not to cry.

But, after kicking myself for not putting up a NO SOLICITATION sign again, I asked myself the same question I asked last week, when some religious guy with a bullhorn was trying to ruin my experience watching the dancing fountains at the Bellagio (I think that’s how you spell it, but there’s no time to check, I’m on a roll).

Why is it so important for these people to convert me to their religion?

And, even more perplexing, if I was dressed as an orthodox Jew, would they leave me alone?

I think the answer the second question is yes, because they’d figure I was already committed to having a religion. So why can’t they respect the idea that I’m just as committed to not having a religion as they are to having one? Do I have to wear a sign or a badge or something? Do I have to grow a beard?

Of course, there’s two answers to the first question. One, they believe they’re saving your soul. And two, the more people they get to sign up, the better the chance they’re right and get to go to heaven and whatnot. Or maybe they get bonus miles and free stuff or something.

I’m going to stop having these deep thoughts, as I’m now getting a headache. Which doesn’t happen when I write about squirrels eating people.

Picture of Bellagio fountain by Flickr user jimg944 and Gideon Bible by Flickr user evixir under Creative Commons license

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