In the South, Jewish Students Have to Deal with Excessive Christian Proselytizing

The (excellently-named) website Jews On First has a lengthy piece on how Jewish students in the South suffer at the hands of overzealous Christian proselytizers in public schools:

One parent relates how his son would eat breakfast in the school cafeteria when a group of athletes would come in and “perform” for the students. “They would basically lift weights for about 30 minutes,” then go to the microphone and “announce that Christ helped them become athletes. After five or 10 minutes of sermon, they would pray and leave,” but meanwhile the students eating breakfast were not allowed to leave the cafeteria and were obviously a captive audience with no option to “not hear.”

Rose refers to these situations as “stealth evangelism”…

Indeed, according to Rabbi Greene, one of the largest evangelical churches in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, even provides literature to its young members about “how to approach your Jewish friends.” He calls the effort “love bombing.”

A lot of the stories mentioned parallel what atheist students have faced in the South as well. When you’re in the minority there, Christians tend to paint a target on your back. To them, you’re just someone who needs to be converted, not respected.

In addition to being pressured by proselytizers, the article also notes the difficulties for Jewish students trying to take days off of school for religious holidays.

(via Religion Clause)

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