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Old 12-13-2018, 10:54 AM
 
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I am from a very non religious part of the country and I have spoken to numerous people about Colorado Springs. These people are from a variety of states. The only time I ever hear about the religious people of this city is on this forum. Typically it's from people that don't like religious people.

Keep in mind that I do not go to church. I do not feel as though people need to leave just because they have differing opinions.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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... The only time I ever hear about the religious people of this city is on this forum. ... .
It goes way beyond the people on this forum. The national media has long painted the city as the Vatican of the West. Media used to report on and replay goofy press releases from Focus on the Family when Dobson would opine to his NATIONAL radio audience that such and such a cartoon character "has gay tendencies" or other such homophobic nonsense. People nationwide were given an impression that COLO SPGS is a city of religious nuts and they come into these forums with that perspective which we've had to debunk for years. It gets old. The perspective is bogus but the perspective has been spread around the nation, not just in these forums.

The nutjobs who made such news are largely now off the national stage, but we'll fight the reputation for a long time and is why we wish that reputation would go away.
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:19 PM
 
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I think YOU think about Colorado Springs having that reputation more than anyone else does.

Most of the articles I found except one were dated over 10 years ago.

But I can imagine that people coming to this forum think that the Evangelical organizations are out to get them.

I welcome any churches that wish to be here. I have plenty of friends that are Evangelicals and they don't bother me.

Just out of curiosity, are all Evangelicals considered nutjobs or just some?
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:25 PM
 
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I think YOU think about Colorado Springs having that reputation more than anyone else does.

Most of the articles I found except one were dated over 10 years ago.

But I can imagine that people coming to this forum think that the Evangelical organizations are out to get them.

I welcome any churches that wish to be here. I have plenty of friends that are Evangelicals and they don't bother me.

Just out of curiosity, are all Evangelicals considered nutjobs or just some?
Most folks probably think Klingenschmitt and Haggard are the best examples of local nut jobs.
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:29 PM
 
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Most folks probably think Klingenschmitt and Haggard are the best examples of local nut jobs.
Exactly the case. Though they are not now on the national stage, their reputation still lingers out there and is why we still fight the old stereotypes. People from around the country come into this forum and wonder if things really are this nutty in the city.
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Old 12-13-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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I read the OP as ONE thing. So here it is....

Get rid of the quarry scar west of town.
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Old 12-13-2018, 02:02 PM
 
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I'd like to have a Zipcar living on my block, like I did in Cambridge MA.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:11 PM
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Articles you've found may be 10 years old, but we still, and quite regularly, get questions about the far right religious presence here. A simple search in these forums bring up plenty of fairly recent threads. Focus on the Family and Will Perkins really did a number on the Springs.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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Only one thing???
I think some fresh perspective (ie young educated folk moving here) would be a good thing. Lots of old white men running the show. The libertarian or whatever you want to call it mindset is frustrating too. Go ahead...drive as fast as you want because no one else matters.
I wish there were more wonderful places to eat, ie most are very mediocre.
But that gorgeous mountain makes up for any deficits.
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Old 12-13-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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I read the OP as ONE thing. So here it is....

Get rid of the quarry scar west of town.
Nature is slowing working on that and there have been occasional proposals put forth to turn parts of it into a recreation area as well. I do think planting some trees would go along way to improving its overall appearance but it does have some active slide zones that still need to be dealt with.

re: the evangelicals, it certainly is not a national topic now, which seems to spare us being a constant topic. Since we participate in this forum, it may seem to be the only place its brought up since it may be front and center to a reader, but it does sit in the far back recess of many peoples minds, despite the quiet over the last decade. I think it is in some part is due to the fact that the organizations based here tend to be national or international in their focus and we do not see advertisements, promotion, or programming locally from them unless you attend their churches. The funny thing to me about it is despite the perception, press, and nickname, we are no where near the top 20-25 of places in any sort of religious, conservative, or evangelical list of places in a general internet search.
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