Today while walking past the school’s Thursday English corner (which I never take part in), I saw something that looked suspicious. I walked over, and sure enough, there were these two white guys proselytizing to some Chinese girls. I asked what they were doing, and reminded them that they were breaking the law. Actually, proselytizing isn’t forbidden, just proselytizing by foreigners. The guys claimed that they weren’t preaching, that the girls just ASKED them about their religion. Conveniently, though, the guys just HAPPENED to have a copy of the New Testament in Chinese. I gave them a bit of a hard time, before handing back their Bible, which I actually snatched from them — it looked like the guy was going to hide away what he was holding when I came over to them, so I nabbed it to take a look at it.
I never liked these people who come to China under false pretenses to preach to people. I also don’t like people who use fear to convert others (although I don’t know if this is what they were doing). I also don’t like it when these people urge Chinese to break the law for religion’s sake — that’s really easy when the worst that could happen to you is you get deported, while the Chinese person could end up in a lot more trouble.
In a way I felt guilty for giving the guys a hard time, though. Maybe I should just let them do their thing? Also, maybe my scolding them could make what they are doing seem MORE interesting to people who they are talking to, who might just forget about it otherwise. Maybe they’re just giving people what would end up being a good innoculation against religion? I don’t know.