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  •  The Catholic community is more concentrated ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... in the Coastal region. When I lived in north MS for a few years, the evangelicals were everywhere and I was frequently approached for proselytization by neighbors, while shopping in the grocery store, even popping inside the gas station to pay for a tank of fuel.  They gave out religious tracts to my kids ON HALLOWEEN. As someone raised Catholic in Louisiana/Coastal MS, it was unsettling to say the least.

    My point is that to get into the true evangelical population of MS, you have to head north and away from the Gulf Coast.

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. - Gandhi

    by missLotus on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 04:30:59 PM PDT

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    •  Wow -- extremely rude proselytizers (1+ / 0-)
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      down there.  The Jevohah's Witnesses and Mormons in SoCal were mostly polite and didn't accost others in grocery stores and gas stations.  My stock answer is, "I don't purchase anything that has to be advertised."

      •  It was my first experience of that kind. (1+ / 0-)
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        And yes, I thought it exceedingly rude, too. Once, a very friendly woman told me I looked young for my age and said I must go to church, as if that were the reason for it. When I informed her that I didn't actually attend church (failed Catholic), you could have heard a pin drop in the ten foot radius around us. She lost her smile and stared at me like I'd just grown a second head. That was the first of many experiences in that part of the country where I was judged by my lack of a "church home", as it's sometimes called. It never even happened to me before I moved there and hasn't happened once since I left. I'm thinking it's pretty special to areas where there's a high concentration of evangelicals.

        An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. - Gandhi

        by missLotus on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 04:59:55 PM PDT

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