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why religious groups shouldn’t be allowed to speak to people?

Have you ever heard these words? - “You look good. You must have benefited from your ancestors.” You can hear these words everywhere. People who often say these words may be from a religious group. Many people hate them. But most people have never thought about why they dislike religious groups. Just because religious groups bother people? Or just because they try to force people to believe their religion? The following are the essays from the people who think about the reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to follow people.

Beginning Level Winning Essay

Han Mireong logo70@hanmail.net

In my opinion religious groups shouldn’t be allowed to speak to students on campus for 3 main reasons. Firstly, they have a bad influence on both the school and the students. The religious groups follow students around and keep begging them to join a certain religion. They almost compell students to listen despite the constant gestures of refusal. This not only wastes the students’ time but also ruins the academic atmosphere in the school area. If they keep speaking to people on campus, students wouldn’t feel safe and find it hard to concentrate on their academic matters. Moreover, even visitors would have a bad impression, and it could taint the school’s reputation. Secondly, the religious groups present a distorted image of religion to the students. Most of them tell an overexaggerated version of religious stories in order to hold people’s attention. As a result, the fake information from them prevents the students from finding their own religion that could bring a peaceful state of mind to them. Those students who truly need religion in their life may even have a false impression of religion and lose the chance to change their life. Thirdly, some of those who really need help cannot be helped properly because of the religious groups. The students would eventually have a huge disbelief in anyone in the streets and keep ignoring everyone who talks to them, believing that they’re in religious groups, too. This misunderstanding could prevent the students from helping those who did really need to ask and get some help. Therefore, due to those three reasons mentioned above, the religious groups should not be allowed inside the campus and talk to students.

Intermediate Level Winning Essay

Lee Youngin guiltycoco@gmail.com

I can’t enjoy my recess time on a bench for a second without being interrupted by random approachers. Of course, I’m talking about people from some religious groups who are burdened to enlighten others. On Hongik University Seoul campus, this is nothing new to students. Some students are fine with these groups and someone like me is not. Here are a few reasons I think why religious groups shouldn’t be allowed to be on the campus contacting people.

First of all, most of them are willing to take the risk of being super uncomfortable and very persistant. When some stranger approaches to talk to you, it could be very frustrating especially in Seoul where people are not very talkative towards strangers. People from religious groups knows this very well, but instead of showing relieving gestures, they rather take advantage of your fear of hurting their feelings. There are no strick rules banning strangers from visiting school since there’s Chinese tourists everywhere. But how could someone not notice the difference between two groups when one is wandering around in awe and the other is searching for the next prey with weird expressions? And that leads to the next point.

The way they initiate a conversation is so predictable and effortless, it is clear that they have a sole purpose when meeting people; promoting their religion. I’m in no way bashing their belief, but if they do want to share their meaningful insight, then they definitely should step up their game. Conversations should not be done alone and a speaker should repect a listener’s ability to to understand the situation. Otherwise it’s a total waste of time and the speaker is treating the listener as a tool to complete his job. Here’s my story; I met a girl in an empty classroom and had a little pep talk with her until she cut to the point saying, “It was fun meeting you, and I was wondering if you’re a believer or not.” What we built together in a brief moment was nothing to her, and it almost felt like betrayal. What a bummer.

Last but not least, promoting a religion by visiting individual students seems completely useless. There, I said it, but just think about it. People need religion because it provides spiritual support and regional communities. There’s that moment to every believer, the feeling that what they’ve been waiting for has finally arrived before them. I believe in that spiritual moment and even envy them as my life is like a bottomless pit of nothingness. But I’ve never met anyone where some stranger with a half-assed speech that they met in a school cafeteria has led them to religion. It is not plausible in the sense of story building. Those guys from religious groups on school campus are no way seen as a messenger, or a special sign for those who’ve been suffering in their lives. If you’re desperately waiting for a calling, pick one who can actually listen to your story and respond to it respectfully.

Promoters of religious groups on campus are invasive, not willing to participate in a meaningful conversation, and overall just lack charisma. I know it sounds harsh and mean but that’s because I’m that annoyed by them every time. If there’s anything that Hongdae has taught me, it is to stay away from strangers as much as possible, and this annoyance should be fixed.

Choi Hyejin  gpwls2108@naver.com

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