Since writing the post below, a couple of J4Js have commented here, including quite possible one of the members I saw handing out literature the other day at the subway station @ 34th and 6th around 5 PM. She and the first J4J commenter both insisted that they clean up any of their literature left on the ground by recipients who discard them.
Most, if not all of us, are prone to episodes of confirmation bias. In this instance, I, an atheist who also greatly detests littering, saw members of a particular religious group handing out literature in a public place and then seeing the same literature scattered all over the subway station steps and the sidewalk outside. I guess for me it was a two-fer and I jumped on it based only on what I directly observed.
But, to quote Jerry Ohrbach's character at the end of the movie Dirty Dancing, "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong." I hereby apologize to the Jews For Jesus of NYC for accusing them of enabling littering and for referring to them as assholes. In instances such as this, it can be all too easy for a blogger to delete a post and flush it down the memory hole. Instead, I will leave the original post below intact as a reminder, to myself and others, that we should be mindful of making hasty accusations, especially in a public forum.
That being said, of course, as an atheist, I find it odd that a being that presumably can communicate directly with every human being simultaneously needs to rely on a few people to hand out pamphlets in a subway station in order to get its message across. However, I support their right to do so.
The original post follows:
It's not uncommon to see Jews For Jesus in New York City subway stations handing out flyers and pamphlets to passersby. What really annoys me about them is that often just a few feet away from where they're standing are pamphlets they handed out that the recipient hastily discarded the moment they realized what had been given to them. The J4Js (for short) know that most of the literature they hand out ends up as litter and yet they don't seem to care. Great way to promote your religious beliefs, assholes! Of course, the recipients who litter are assholes too, but the J4Js are culpable knowing that most of what they hand out ends up on the sidewalks or subway platforms.