Koffie voor tieners chat teveel over religieuze overtuigingen voor klant in de buurtseptember 12, 2019
Anna Amos, 17, and a friend met in a Picton cafe to discuss their religious beliefs, when another customer told them to stop.
Two teenagers having a religious discussion in a Picton cafe were shocked after they were scolded by a member of the public.
The woman, who was also dining in the cafe, told them their discussion wasn’t appropriate and they should consider other people’s “comfort zones”.
Anna Amos, 17, who is home schooled in Waikawa, said she and a friend had been discussing the differences between their religion. Anna is non-Catholic Christian and her friend is Catholic.
They discussed points of difference such as views on the Virgin Mary, the ways in which they viewed sin, priests and confession.
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They talked for about 30 minutes before a woman approached their table and said the discussion wasn’t appropriate. The cafe manager said no-one was aware an incident had occurred. Stuff has decided not to name the cafe.
Anna’s mother Shirleyanne said she was concerned someone felt they could censor a “private and respectful chat over coffee” between two young people.
“They weren’t loud, swearing or arguing. What next? A list of rules about what can or cannot be discussed in public? So much for freedom of speech.”
Anna said their “deep” discussion was mostly around “subtle” or “theological” differences in their religions.
Her friend responded to the woman.
“He was sort of hurt by the fact that she had come over. We said that we were sorry if she didn’t like it.
“We did tell her at the time that we didn’t feel that it was that much of a problem.
“At which point she told us we needed to be more considerate in the future.”
They left the cafe soon after being confronted by the woman.
“We went down to the foreshore and continued our discussion down there.”
They talked about what they would say to the woman if the situation happened again.
“I’d say that it’s a free world we live in and a lot of people talk about things on the street which are offensive things.
“I’m very sorry if people find my faith offensive but if a friend and I want to discuss it in a public place, we shouldn’t be ostracised for it.”