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Christina in speakers corner, hyde park

Christian speaker in Speaker's Corner

 

Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park is a place where wise men like Karl Marx and George Orwell spoke for the crowd. A great tradition which began in the 1860s. But today it’s mostly about religion. And not only do the speakers talk about their religious belief they interrupt their “colleges”.

I hate to tell you because I am absolutely not a racist or anything like that but when I have been there the fundamentalists dominated Speaker’s Corner. Christians and Muslims. Where as the Christians only speak about their faith or listening to the speakers some of the radical Muslims act in another way. They interrupt, they make a crowd  shouting words from the Koran and they start a lot of debates right next to the speakers.

My son became the center of a debate. He is an atheist and he was so careless to admit it when talking to a kind of religious preacher. Holy cow! What a mistake. We had to listen to a sermon for 20 minutes. My son (blue shirt) thought it would be possible to have an interesting debate but he was wrong. This guy wasn’t interested at all. He just wanted to get his message out on YouTube so everybody can see a “dumb agnostic”.

While they were talking, three Muslims were filming the whole thing and you can see some of it here. If you want, you can open it in YouTube and read the comments like ‘Atheist are the most dumb and irrational people on the planet’. Sigh!

 

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