Following up on the topic of conversions, it seems that 3 out of 4 religions agree that freedom to convert from or to another religion is a basic religious right.
However, when it comes to proselytizing, one should really have a good idea of the target audience or community. Fark picked up this story about Hassidim receiving missionizing DVD’s in the mail. As the article says in the last paragraph, “But theology aside, technology might prove a larger hurdle for Katz’s group. However appealing the packaging, most of the thousands of Kiryas Joel households that got the ‘Days of Moshiach’ DVD don’t have televisions or computers on which to view it.”
I can just see how one of the conversations went:
- “Don’t watch that thing! It’s kefira!”
“Oh, and how do you know?”
“Um…my wife’s third cousin isn’t so frum and he told me about it…yeah, that’s the ticket.”
The DVD is called Days Of Mashiach, innocuously enough, and if you’re interested here are some screenshots and streaming video.1
1. YUTOPIA takes no responsibility for anyone who converts due to watching this film. Come to think of it, how desperate is a religion when it actually wants members who are of the mental stability that they would change their faith based on a DVD? Unless of course, we’re talking about The Big Lebowsky in which case all bets are off.