Holy harassment? Church’s presence on downtown Auburn corner a divisive subject

The intersection of Genesee Street and Loop Road can be a busy one, but on Friday evenings, many steer clear of it for another reason.

That’s when, for more than 20 years now, the members of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Elbridge have stood on all four corners of the intersection. Toting signs with Bible passages, they try to strike up conversations with passersby. They hand them pamphlet comics asking, “Are you a good person?” And they preach in voices that boom above the weekend traffic.

There’s another thing the members of Blessed Hope do, though: They tell people they’re going to hell. Speaking to The Citizen, several of those people said they were denounced by the church’s members for being rude, politely disagreeing or just showing no interest in the message of Blessed Hope. Some described even more intense encounters, too.

The Citizen:
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