Campus Crusade for Christ does this sort of thing a lot. They start a meme, tell their affiliates to spread it, and next thing you know, it’s all over campus.
It always seems to be a trojan horse. CCC knows if they used their group’s name or the name of Jesus, people will be turned off. So they trick you into learning about them.
Peoples’ shirts might read “I Agree with Jared” and when you find out who Jared is, it turns out (shocker!) he’s a guy who wants to tell you all about Jesus.
In this particular case, the website “EveryPittStudent.com” was plastered everywhere at the University of Pittsburgh.
What does every Pitt student have in common? you wonder…
Then you find out: they all want to learn about Jesus.
(Should’ve seen that one coming, really.)
Pitt student Becca found this insulting:
[EveryPittStudent.com] would have us believe that we cannot be happy, moral, or fulfilled in life without a personal relationship with Jesus. Contrary to their assertion, many of us Pitt students have, in fact, found ourselves happy, moral, and fulfilled without following the website’s guidelines. Heck, some of us even feel like our lives have purpose without the aid of Jesus. Those of us who are not Christian were insulted, and Christians without the arrogance of those who sponsor this site are ashamed.
[Not Every Pitt Student is a] group for acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of ideas and beliefs held by Pitt students. Beyond having different beliefs, we all have reasons to hold them and any attempt to say that every Pitt student should believe something is insulting and demeaning.
Leave it to atheists to be the voice of reason.
They’re hoping to start a student group for non-religious students at Pitt, too. If you’re interested in joining, just let them know on the Facebook group.
(Thanks to Becca for the link!)
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