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20051010 | 05:43 am

When I was a kid it was not uncommon to run into angry Jesus preaching people screaming out songs of hate on street corners. Since then I had not seen this street preaching much at all until the last few years. I attribute this surge in Jesus fanaticism to the events of September 11th and the real fear we felt during those days. I believe many people were so frightened by those events and the helpless feelings they had following the attacks that they turned to these extremes of religion to help them cope with their fears. The connections I see between now and when I was a kid are that in the early 70s Vietnam was still raging and as the 70s went on the economic down turn in this country left many feeling fearful for their futures and depressed as well because of all the terrible things that were going on in the world. This brings us to today when we are in much the same situation as we were back then. According to these men all the peace people are going to hell with all the homosexuals. As these men shouted their hateful messages to the crowd, boy/boy and girl/girl couples would come up in front of them and make-out and laugh at them. I know many there found these men to be amusing but I am actually quite frightened of them. I have recently seen many seemingly intelligent people succumb to these radical religious beliefs. Please click on photo to view larger version.
Fear God

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Marianne

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from: nemesis2207
date: 20051010 10:20 am (UTC)
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I had to rewrite that! ;-)

He scares the hell out of me too... and you're right; fear is at the base of hatred and unfortunatly, people fear a lot! :-/

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CAUTION-FREE SINCE '83

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from: dirtdolldeluxe
date: 20051010 05:13 pm (UTC)
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and people still wonder why the world laughs at us. it's astonishing.

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Avienda

O_o

from: avienda
date: 20051010 08:48 pm (UTC)
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****shivers****

Fanaticism based on fear is really scary.

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kittykreature

ignorance is bliss ? so the fools say

from: kittykreature
date: 20051011 02:24 am (UTC)
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ignorance breeds dangerous thinking and dangerous behaviour - especially when it is bred through the victimising and lack of understanding through tragedy .

Yes, questions should be asked, but to label and mark those who are different from main stream, as being solely responsible isn't the way to do it.
The man in this photo is a prime example of ignorance on a rampage, too eager and willing to point fingers and generalise on a person simply for their beliefs / looks . Too be afraid, is in my opinion , the right course of action and the sad thing is that I believe this is only the tip of the ice berg - things are going to get a lot worse before they ( if they ) get better.

We proceed with caution and wary hearts , watching those around us open up wounds , and inflict more damage.

Brilliant photo and a fantastic intro for it.

Thanks for sharing these , I feel I was even there in person for parts of it.

Tanika

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