Door to door soliciting and soliciting to children
Posted in the Egg Harbor City Forum
#1 May 25, 2009
Last week I was visiting my daughter at her apartment complex in Galloway when someone unexpected knocked at her door. It was a man from Mainland Baptist Church..soliciting or inviting her to their church or to recruit her son,(my grandchild) to their bible study class. She refused them and wasn't interested in their offer. But it bothered me when I got home, because my daughter lives alone and it could have been anyone knocking at her door saying it was from any church. People open their doors because they see these individuals in suits and well groomed with bibles in their hands. Any rapist and burglars could very well disguise as any of these church members to prey on trusting people like my daughter that opened her door because they said it was from a church.
I became even much more upset when my 10 year old grandson told me that a man that got of the bus that read Mainland Baptist Church approached him and the other young children playing outside. Giving them pamphlets and inviting them to their church.
With all the child abductions we see on the news or read in the papers alot of us have spent years and hours sounding like a broken record teaching our children not to speak to strangers when they are outside. These groups should know better that adults should not at any giving time approach a child to solicit anything or especially to invite them anywhere without the consent of their parent.
Anyone can disguise as these people, get a van similar to theirs because some children can be fooled easily, carry bibles,and papers to give out, and abduct any child or adult. People have to speak up against this and not sit back waiting to have a tragedy of this kind in our neighborhoods occur to then do something about it!
And for those that do send their children with these groups on their buses...Have you done background checks on the people traveling with your kids on that bus? Or who is giving your child bible study classes? As I have understanding, some are reformed addicts and some of the people with your children are the last people that you would entrust your children to.
When it comes to your children, be nosy , ask questions and ask your local police to run a check. Your children's lives are too precious to entrust them to just anyone because they look or say they are from a certain group. Do yourself and your child a favor..check anyone that has to spend rime along with your children...check their credentials and background, you would be surprised at what you'll find out.
I don't want anyone to conclude I am an atheist or hate any religion. I am Christian and I do believe in our children being taught to love our Lord and read their Bibles daily and follow his commandments. But how these groups are doing it is just wrong and unsafe to our communities.
They can send flyers to those people that wish to receive their flyers or put up signs. People that read it and wish to attend their Church will do so without being harassed in their homes or exposing them and their children to the danger. Speak to the authority in your township and ask them to put an ordinance on door to door soliciting and to stop the solicitation of children in your community. And do a little research on the internet and read about how many incidents as the one I have described to you have occurred and in some states an ordinance was put in place to stop them from coming to your door or approaching your children in the streets to hand them pamphlets.
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