Alice vs. Some Mad Hatters

Today’s edition of Crimes Against Divinity comes to you courtesy of Alice from “Alice at Wonderland”, who hosted one of my Chick tract dissections yesterday.  If you haven’t already taken a look at her blog, get your ass over there.  The story below “… is about the day I encountered a bunch of religious nutters screaming about hellfire on our campus (where I work as a librarian).  They even gave me actual Chick Tracts.  Unreal.”

Clearly a logical choice to follow up a Chick dissection.  Enjoy.


It was just another one of your average, heart-stopping, exciting days at the library – until around noon when I noticed some of my coworkers staring outside. At first I thought they were just torturing themselves with the promise of freedom, but then one of them spoke up.

“Alice,” she said. “There’s a bunch of guys from some church out there shouting and waving signs.”

Well, this was new. I mean, sure, back when I was a student at this same college I’d seen a guy standing in front of the administration building handing out those mini Bibles while informing us that we were hell-bound. Jeez, just what I wanted to hear at 8 A.M. on a Monday. No one else really wanted to hear it either, because you could see the kids making two widely spaced lines around the guy so as not to get anywhere near him.

sort of like this

sort of like this

But that was just one crazy guy. Not all that unusual, given this university is in the Bible Belt. This promised to be something different. My two coworkers had packed sack lunches for the show. I decided to follow them out there – I mean, I needed to see this. For . . . research purposes.

As we got closer to the fountain in the center of campus, we could see the – honestly, I’m not exactly sure what you’d call them. They wore matching orange T-shirts (so they could pick out the saved from the unsaved I guess) and several were carrying signs. A couple of people were also handing out some kind of leaflets.

One man stood up on a chair holding a sign as big as he was and shouting at the top of his lungs for us to repent for we were in a cesspool of depravity. What? Oh, I guess he meant our university. Well, that’s nice, thanks a bunch. I mean, sure, we’re supposedly secular here, but we also have student organizations with their own buildings representing Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Church of Christ, etc. so we’re not exactly lacking in religious offerings. Maybe this guy should have checked out the campus before he started shouting, you know, done some research. Nah.

Why the kittehs, God?

Why the kittehs, God?

My coworkers sat down on a nearby bench and popped salad into their mouths. They were new employees – one was a Yankee, so this was really far out for her. Her eyes grew wide as saucers as she stared in disbelief.

“We’re not all like this,” I assured her.

She relaxed a little. Meanwhile, the unfortunate students tried to pass through the blockade to, you know, get to their classes or to have lunch. Or, I suppose, to boil their cats, though I kind of doubt that. College kids are too lazy to go to that much trouble. Whatever they were trying to reach, they were having a heck of a time getting through. I’m sure they were thrilled to hear that they were going to burn in a lake of fire for their sin of eating too many curly fries or whatever.

Like finals aren’t bad enough.

my diagram of campus - er the cesspool

my diagram of campus – er the cesspool

One kid walked by us and muttered, “Yeah, THAT’S a good way to bring people to God.”

Certainly sounded appealing to me! The man continued to shout and I stepped a little closer so I could clearly make out the signs. One said all homosexuals were going to burn. Nice. I wondered what church this was exactly, since this was pretty whack even for the Bible Belt, so I approached one of the, um, messengers. She handed me two Chick Tracts.

Say what? In case you don’t know what those are, check out the last post. I didn’t think people even made those delightfully cheery fire and brimstone booklets anymore. What a discovery! I flipped through them as I walked back toward the library. But then, another voice shouted above the din. I went back. A young female college student was shouting back at shouty man. Oh, okay, this was getting good now.

She yelled, “This is NOT Christianity! We have a right not to hear you yelling this stuff in our faces!” And he yelled back, “Blah blah sin hellfire blah!” The student whipped out her phone and called the campus cops. I wanted to stay and watch some more, but I figured they might actually start to miss me in the library. What if there was an archival reference emergency? You just never know.

So I went back inside. I showed the tracts to my good buddy, who happens to be a Catholic. One of the tracts was, predictably, anti-Catholic complete with a woman staring into a crystal ball. Cause Catholics do that, you know. I asked if he’d seen the nutters outside.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I stopped and talked to one. It went pretty well until she told me all Catholics were necromancers.”

necromancer in training

necromancer in training

“Hey, I never knew you guys could summon the dead,” I said. “Where do I sign up?”

We bantered back and forth a bit more. Fortunately said coworker happens to have a great sense of humor. Still, I found it unreal that Christians would hate another group of Christians. I mean, they worship the exact same God. I really don’t get it. But I did know one thing. I had Chick Tracts, something ripe for comedy – and a blog post! Then I stumbled upon Senator Jason’s awesome tracts and figured he had done all the dirty work so I’d just let him entertain me instead.

Global Warming is a lie told by the devil - Al Gore

Global Warming is a lie told by the devil himself: Al Gore

Whatever happened to the nutter evangelists? The cops did show up, but apparently they just stood around and did nothing. The crazies were exercising their right to free speech. Fair enough, but somehow I doubt they’d be so laze-fair about a Muslim shouting about Allah, or an atheist declaring that God is dead. But this is God’s country out here, so that’s the breaks. I’m just thankful that their particular brand of Christianity is not the most common. I have enough problems dealing with archival emergencies.

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26 Responses to Alice vs. Some Mad Hatters

  1. Reblogged this on aliceatwonderland and commented:
    Hi, all. Your friendly neighborhood Alice is over at Senator Jason’s blog today. Learn about my strange encounter at the library – I mean stranger than usual!

  2. Entertaining post, Alice. From the pics, it looks like you live in MS or SC, some place flat and sandy?? I went to school in NC, and there was an old guy out there every day yelling at girls about how sinful they were for the way they dressed.

    On the other hand, those folks did have a point. Catholics are, no doubt, necromancers. That was one of many of ML’s complaints. Transubstantiation. Priests could make bread turn into a body, wine into blood. I know, I know, many of those sitting in the pews call BS on that, but this IS church doctrine. Strange.

  3. Elyse says:

    Isn’t it amazing how many “Christians” missed Volume II of the bible. You know, the one about love.

    • Yeah, yet they go on and on about Jesus. Um, did you guys actually READ the Jesus parts? You know – it’s in red print to make it easier for you. Honestly, I know Christians that wouldn’t dream of being this insane, but sadly they are not the loudest.

  4. MissFourEyes says:

    But…but…not the kittens!

  5. speaker7 says:

    I went to the Mormon’s Hill Cumorah show once. You would not believe the protests that go on there. One guy had a devil mask on (or maybe it was the devil?) and explained to me that I was going to burn in hell fire for seeing this show.

  6. Worse, Texas. The picture was off Google Images – I forgot to credit it. Those are the kinds of protestors I would prefer. I’ve also seen people standing near the nutters with signs saying “This is a sign!” “I am mad!” and one with a arrow pointing to the freak saying “He is a jerk” etc. Fun.

    Yeah, they have some freaky church doctrine, but I doubt that many Catholics really know much about it or think of it, especially if they are raised in the religion.

  7. The Cutter says:

    For a second I was worried it was gonna be the Westboro Baptist Church. Now those are some winners.

  8. twindaddy says:

    Some people just ruin it for everybody…

    • Yeah, in their great knowledge of the Bible, somehow they missed the part about not shouting their faith on street corners, etc. Sure, they had their freedom of speech and religion, but I feel for the kids who were whatever they deemed evil whether Catholic, gay, or whatever else they found sinful (which seemed to be everything).

  9. djmatticus says:

    I just don’t get it… Is it a scare tactic? Is it just flaunting that they are going to be saved and everyone else isn’t? What exactly are they trying to do? Oh… I get it, there’s only so much room in heaven, so they are purposefully trying to alienate people so they only have to share the space with their loved ones. Well, that’s brilliant. I’d do that too.

    • Beats the hell out of me. I think most people like that are so deluded they actually think they are helping save people from hellfire. By screaming at them about their sin. The old “catch more flies with honey than vinegar” doesn’t seem like a good strategy to them. They have to scare you straight. Frankly, if the only reason a person believes in God is to avoid punishment, what does that say about said person’s morality?

  10. Oh to have been walking past in habit… Then again, I’d be labelled a catholic, even though I’m CofE – I suspect we’re probably just as bad as the RCs in their eyes…

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