At the beginning of every quarter (especially fall), university campuses become beehives of activity, with students running all over it. Almost always, at around this time there is a rather unique, but definitive event. On a few days, in the morning, you’ll find a bunch of (almost always) middle-aged men, smiling and handing out bibles to people as they rush to class or work. They are everywhere, polite and friendly.
What I call “soft” proselytizing.
Now, though I personally dislike against any kind of religious proselytizing, I understand that it is a free country, and this right is guaranteed. So, if some one wants to proselytize, and increase his or her flock, he/she has every right to do so (with out using “force”).
But I have always felt extremely uncomfortable with this happening on University campuses, and even more so outside school campuses. I understand that organized religion needs young, fresh blood, and that the younger minds are more impressionable, so the youth will remain the “target” in this effort.
But, to me, educational institutions should be places of learning, and questioning, where people develop independent thinking and reasoning. Universities should also encourage and develop greater religious tolerance. So, while learning about different religions (in a comparative religion class) is perfectly fine, I do not feel any sort of religious proselytizing is OK.
Especially in these increasingly intolerant times.
But what do most people think about religious proselytizing on university campuses?