This is stranger 7 of 100
The story of Roscoe (the man in the first photo) can’t be told in just one photo.
I was waiting for Hillary at Yonge-Dundas Square this morning. There was a preacher (the man in the second photo) with a megaphone, telling people that the only way to salvation was through jesus… that they would die and go to hell if they didn’t go with the Lord… that if you weren’t in the army of the Lord then you were in the army of Satan, and so forth. A man came up to confront him… swearing at him, telling him to stop shoving religion down people’s throats. The preacher and the man argued, the man almost hit the preacher. The preacher called the man a devil, told him that the forces of Satan cannot harm him because he had the Armor of God. The conflict continued.
I noticed a man standing not so far away from the conflict recording it with his Blackberry. He noticed me taking photographs and said “it’s funny how they change when they know they’re being recorded.” I look back and the two men have made peace… the preacher hands the man a pamphlet and he takes it. The man apologizes and walks off.
I ask the man recording the conflict for his name, he tells me it’s Roscoe. Roscoe used to be a friend of the preacher’s, though he began to realize that the preacher was holding false witness to the Lord, and was shunned after he told the preacher that. I asked him what he thought about all this. “He’s always here, forcing religion onto people. I think that if Jesus were to walk by today and see him, he’d tell him that he’s not welcome into his Kingdom. The bible does say that you should spread the good news, but you don’t force it upon people. Jesus and the disciples went around spreading the word, though they left in peace if people rejected it. I understand why he’s like that though, I’ve heard the story of his past.” Roscoe didn’t agree with the preacher’s methods and views, though he did respect him as a former friend.
"He gets mad sometimes, like he did with that man, though it’s understandable because he’s so passionate about his belief."
I found that Roscoe was kinda like me. “I used to come here everyday, just to see what goes on here. It was about two years ago when this place got filled up with christian preachers, the Muslims soon followed. It’s interesting.” He was right… later that day, I saw a Muslim man with a cart of free Qur’ans.
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