The St Andrews Christian Union (SACU) has been the subject of controversy in the past week as many students have taken to social media to express their annoyance at the Union’s conduct while promoting itself and its events.
In the past week the group has been handing out flyers and talking to people about their work and events for several days in a row in front of several major university locations, such as the library and the North Haugh.
However their tactics have led to many students expressing their anger at the group over social media sites such as Yik Yak.
One user complained of their, “constant flyer distribution, forcing people to stop and then on top being told our religious choice is wrong and to think again.”
Another also expressed anger, saying, “’Cause [sic] then when we tell them we’re not interested or not Christian they condescendingly tell us to think again.”
“If this was Muslims there would be a lot more complaints. It’s ridiculous and if anything has turned me off the Christian Union more,” another stated.
One irate user said, “They act as if they’re smarter than anyone else that disagrees with them and feel the need to stop you and explain why your own ideas are wrong and theirs are right. It’s just plain rude and unnecessary.”
“It’s not to do with security in belief. If people wanted to talk to them then they would.
“No need to stop everyone they see. It’s just plain annoying. One person would be okay but it’s constant.”
However, the condemnation was not universal, with another user defending the group saying, “Look guys, the CU are not being aggressive, they’re just handing out flyers. Why does that bother you so much? Telling people about Jesus is their job description they’re not forcing you to listen.”
In defence of the group’s actions, the SACU’s president, speaking to The Saint, said, “Our fellow students are really important to us and if any of them felt disrespected, or felt that they received too much information about our events, that was not our intention.
“We simply wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to hear about and engage with what we believe to be truly life-changing news.”