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Let's talk: Letters sound off on street preachers at Bele Chere

There are 815 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Aug 5, 2008, titled Let's talk: Letters sound off on street preachers at Bele Chere. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Comments on Topix forums : Bele Chere marred by signs expressing vulgarity A beautiful afternoon for Bele Chere, and thousands of folks out to enjoy the day.

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“Tired of the B.S. since 1968”

Since: Sep 07

Hendersonville, NC

#1 Aug 6, 2008
Seems like the folks that are guilty of the sins being pointed out are the ones getting upset the most. I see articles and opinions written all the time where people talk about how Jesus would love the sinner and why aren't the Christians doing the same? Well, Jesus also spoke of what is right and wrong according to God, the Father, and He charged Christians to take His message to the world so that they may turn from their wicked ways and accept salvation through Christ our Lord. Did He love the sinner any less because of their sins? Of course not. Should we love sinners any less? Again, of course not, because, according to the bible and God's word, we are all born unto sin and all of us are sinners. The ones on the street corners are just more vocal in pointing out sin according to the bible and their message is a little bit stronger than what most people are used to seeing and hearing. What better venue than Bele Cher and downtown Asheville could a "street preacher" find to reach out to such a large crowd of what would be considered deviants according to the bible? Just food for thought.
Local-not-Local

Auburn, AL

#2 Aug 6, 2008
Native Mountain Boy wrote:
...Just food for thought.
FOR YE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED-UH!!! AND YE SHALL JUST-UH DECOMPOSE-UH INTO A RAAAAAANDOM DISTRIBUTION OF-UH MOLECULES WHEN YE DIE-UH!!!

“EQUAL RIGHTS”

Since: Feb 08

NO MORE-NO LESS

#3 Aug 6, 2008
hate is hate and this "preacher" has nothing to do with god. hate does nothing but put on "acceptable" clothes, when people use god this way. that little book, of rules and regulations, on how people should live makes a mockery of god. it belittles our creator, and it is sad to see it anywhere, but especially here.
Keith retired Gun-bunny

United States

#4 Aug 6, 2008
Native Mountain Boy wrote:
Seems like the folks that are guilty of the sins being pointed out are the ones getting upset the most. I see articles and opinions written all the time where people talk about how Jesus would love the sinner and why aren't the Christians doing the same? Well, Jesus also spoke of what is right and wrong according to God, the Father, and He charged Christians to take His message to the world so that they may turn from their wicked ways and accept salvation through Christ our Lord. Did He love the sinner any less because of their sins? Of course not. Should we love sinners any less? Again, of course not, because, according to the bible and God's word, we are all born unto sin and all of us are sinners. The ones on the street corners are just more vocal in pointing out sin according to the bible and their message is a little bit stronger than what most people are used to seeing and hearing. What better venue than Bele Cher and downtown Asheville could a "street preacher" find to reach out to such a large crowd of what would be considered deviants according to the bible? Just food for thought.
Uh........don't know. What?
brio

Asheville, NC

#5 Aug 6, 2008
now i wish i had gone to bele chere to spit on those hate-mongers
free

Greenville, SC

#6 Aug 6, 2008
brio wrote:
now i wish i had gone to bele chere to spit on those hate-mongers
Well isn't this lovely. What's next if that don't get them to stop doing what you find offensive...gonna start bringing out the weapons...?

This is so surreal, I've seen more letters and outrage over some street preachers at bele chere than I've ever seen for the Folsom street fair. Google images of it.
Thunker

Greer, SC

#7 Aug 6, 2008
By accepting the public rantings in the name of religion, we're subject to the hateful ideas of groups like Westboro, Nazi's, and every other kook with a voice in his head.

If you preach it, prepare to prove it. Truth in advertising, ever heard of it?
ask

Wilmington, NC

#8 Aug 6, 2008
luke 14:23
and the Lord said unto the servant go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled

“BEAT A PAIR OF JACK'S & A FOX ”

Since: Feb 07

ASHEVILLE

#9 Aug 6, 2008
Native Mountain Boy wrote:
Seems like the folks that are guilty of the sins being pointed out are the ones getting upset the most. I see articles and opinions written all the time where people talk about how Jesus would love the sinner and why aren't the Christians doing the same? Well, Jesus also spoke of what is right and wrong according to God, the Father, and He charged Christians to take His message to the world so that they may turn from their wicked ways and accept salvation through Christ our Lord. Did He love the sinner any less because of their sins? Of course not. Should we love sinners any less? Again, of course not, because, according to the bible and God's word, we are all born unto sin and all of us are sinners. The ones on the street corners are just more vocal in pointing out sin according to the bible and their message is a little bit stronger than what most people are used to seeing and hearing. What better venue than Bele Cher and downtown Asheville could a "street preacher" find to reach out to such a large crowd of what would be considered deviants according to the bible? Just food for thought.
The Baptist Ministry had a tent set up to minister people that wanted it.
NCbigmouth

Weaverville, NC

#10 Aug 6, 2008
So, the First Amendment doesn't apply to street preachers? Well, it does, like it or lump it.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#11 Aug 6, 2008
Of course it does, it also applies to people challenging them and their hate.
NCbigmouth wrote:
So, the First Amendment doesn't apply to street preachers? Well, it does, like it or lump it.

“Tired of the B.S. since 1968”

Since: Sep 07

Hendersonville, NC

#12 Aug 6, 2008
CJOHNNY wrote:
<quoted text>
The Baptist Ministry had a tent set up to minister people that wanted it.
I think that would have been a much better approach. My wife said she wasn't feeling the love from the people with the signs either. I just hate it that a few bad apples.... you know the rest.

“Tired of the B.S. since 1968”

Since: Sep 07

Hendersonville, NC

#13 Aug 6, 2008
Keith retired Gun-bunny wrote:
<quoted text> Uh........don't know. What?
That was a rhetorical question.

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#14 Aug 6, 2008
In the spirit of Bele Chere, next year all 'communities' of Asheville will have one street corner around Pack Square armed with a megaphone. The Gay community, The Religious community, The Police Community, The Carpetbagger community, The Rebel Redneck community, The Letter-To-The-Editor community ---ect and lets just have a hollering contest.

Now that would be interesting!!

Cheers.
Thunker

Greer, SC

#15 Aug 6, 2008
But they are ALL bad apples. None have 'the answer' yet kill each other over the minutia of belief.

Why are we in Iraq? Sunni vs Shiite religious sniping. Over 4000 dead Americans because the sand people can't agree on who's family tree should rule their faith.

I'll lump it. Burn it. Bury it. And be better off without it.

“Trust the Brits?Ask the Irish!”

Since: Dec 07

Dublin

#16 Aug 6, 2008
Remember when the folks would sit behind the goal posts at pro football games with the "John:3-16" signs. I knew the guy in Charlotte whom did it, he was my neighbor. A nice guy. Went to one of the Baptist churches nearby. So I went to his church on Sunday, dressed nicely, with a sign I hid under my suit coat that said "Go Packers" and when the preacher stepped up I held up the sign, turned in around so the crowd could see it, etc. An usher tried to make me put it down but I refused. They called the cops on me and I was escorted from the church. My friend NEVER went back to the games with his sign.

Maybe next year people need to set up across the street from these folks with signs of their own, the grosser and the more inappropriate the better. See where that goes.
Madison Girl

Great Falls, MT

#17 Aug 6, 2008
Liberals may preach "tolerance", but they certainly do not practice "tolerance"

For proof,
all you have to do is ask a liberal what they think of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, or Bush,
and all you will hear is "hate speech" instead of "tolerance".

Sometimes liberals will attempt to come back with "we don't tolerate intolerance"
But then the question becomes, "How then, can liberals stand themselves??"
Maybe it's why liberals are always so full of hate and anger !!

Since: Jul 07

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Aug 6, 2008
Madison Girl wrote:
Liberals may preach "tolerance", but they certainly do not practice "tolerance"
For proof,
all you have to do is ask a liberal what they think of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, or Bush,
and all you will hear is "hate speech" instead of "tolerance".
Sometimes liberals will attempt to come back with "we don't tolerate intolerance"
But then the question becomes, "How then, can liberals stand themselves??"
Maybe it's why liberals are always so full of hate and anger !!
You know how all 'liberals' will respond? Can you read the minds of people that aren't liberal as well?
EXPOSING LIBERAL MYTHS

Great Falls, MT

#19 Aug 6, 2008
Amazing how these so-called "tolerant" liberals are the first ones
to want to silence alternative ideas that they do not agree with.

Liberals are the most intolerant people I have ever met.
Just disagree with a liberal, and you will see what I am talking about

Since: Jul 07

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Aug 6, 2008
EXPOSING LIBERAL MYTHS wrote:
Amazing how these so-called "tolerant" liberals are the first ones
to want to silence alternative ideas that they do not agree with.
Liberals are the most intolerant people I have ever met.
Just disagree with a liberal, and you will see what I am talking about
Which personality of yours is the best mind reader?

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