Not dealing with religious fanatics

I was wondering how many people here have never met/rarely see religious fanatics. Plenty of people here talk about their experience dealing with intolerance, but I can honestly say I've never met a religious fanatic. The closest I could say I've come was this girl I went to high school with who was a pretty conservative Christian, went to pro-life rallies and stuff like that, but even she never tried to convert me or tell me I was wrong or anything. I'm wondering if it's partly my location. I live in New Jersey outside of NYC.

 

I'm not sure if this would be better posted on the forum. If so, could someone tell me where?

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Comment by Doug Reardon on April 30, 2011 at 6:38pm
Though the world is 3/4 ocean, there are millions of people who have never seen one.  It's a big world, your experience is not unique.
Comment by Akshay Bist on April 30, 2011 at 11:05pm

I think it might be your location and/or just plain luck.

My family & friends know about my beliefs and I haven't faced any discrimination or dissent, though I haven't ever discussed my beliefs with anyone in my family. My beliefs were slowly inferred by my actions over the years. I think it comes down to actions. Like my refusal to take part in religious ceremonies would raise eyebrows. My refusal to touch elders feet, done to show respect, did ruffle few feathers. I think that its a live & let live equilibrium.

But I do know of the religious intolerance in this world. I see it almost everyday in the news or read about it in the newspapers here. The people here are so volatile when it comes to religion that there are two laws with deal with speaking out against religion. They aren't blasphemy laws but can be used as such. Like a famous ex-cricket player was booked for allegedly eating beef in South Africa, thus hurting hindu sentiments.

So I have never had any personal experience with religious fanatics, but I have had second hand experiences.

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