Saturday, July 23, 2011

“Little girl, do you want some candy? (Memorize this Bible verse first)”

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Angeline Crowe (9)
Angeline Crowe (9)

Preachy religionists do love going after children – start ’em young, after all, when they’re not yet able to rebuff them – but this Canadian group may be going past irritating and well into the territory of “creepy”:

An Edmonton mother is outraged after members of a local church approached her daughter on a playground - offering a Bible verse, candy and a promise that if she memorized the passage they would give her more treats.

Kathleen Crowe says her nine-year-old daughter Angeline was playing in MacEwan park last week when she was approached by a couple from the Victory Christian Center who gave her candy and a Bible verse. Angeline was also promised more candy if she memorized the verse.

"What if the next person who offers her candy doesn't have the same intentions as the church? That's always a fear in the back of every parents mind," Crowe said.

City officials say that the church does have the right to interact with children in the park, but apparently not in such an overtly proselytizing manner. Am I the only one who’s hoping for these parasites to get V& as a warning so that they can learn to mind their own business and leave kids alone?

(via Pharyngula)