Hall of Shame: Ruth Smith
The Ruth(less) Preacher
A friend of mine (Vaughn) rescued a dog he named Riley and fostered the sweet pooch for a few months while searching for the perfect family to adopt him.
Through some unimportant turn of events, he came to meet a woman (Ruth) who was interested in adopting the dog. In a wholly unsolicited and unrelated manner, she told Vaughn that she was a Christian and started to spew unwelcome rhetoric.
Here’s an excerpt from an email that Ruth sent to Vaughn [unedited, except for his name having been changed to protect the innocent]:
I have no idea why I told you that I work for God, all I know is that the Lord wanted me to let you know that for a reason. I don’t know Jason who you are or, why you are non-believer but it has to be stemmed back for, maybe a hurt in your life or a family member or loved one that was very special and was taken from you or your family and sometimes Jason, God gets the blame. People then turn there backs on God and say, “There is no God, look what happen to me, if there was a God he would not do that to me”, maybe it was a hurt or lost someone special in there life where God got the blame, but Jason God is so real and he is so good. If only you knew what he has done for me and my life. I don’t know what I would do with out him and has always been there to comfort me in all my sadness and trials that I have been through, and I can tell you I have been through so much in my life. He is so loving and kind and I just know that you love animals and I just look into there little faces and I know that they are one of Gods wonderful creations. So I am not going to preach to you Jason [You're not preaching, Ruth?] but, I know with out a doubt that God let me let you know that I am a Christian for a reason and that I love the lord with all of my soul. I also know that I will pray for you Jason that, the Lord will speak to your heart and show you that he is real. No matter what you think, he does love you, and he has given you such a soft heart and Jason he does have his hand in your life and your precious to him even though you don’t believe nor love him. He will show you just how awesome he is but, you have to open up and give him a chance. He is and will be there always as your best friend, comforter, adviser your Father, your brother and will never leave you nor forsake you. Friends come and go in our lives, they can hurt and injure us, but he is just there to get us through every battle that we might come across.
Well no matter what, I am looking forward to meeting with you and your baby and no matter what happens, I will pray that God will reveal his love and himself to you and just love on you.
Now this is just plain creepy. Tell me, even if god really did exist, would you really want him to “love on you?”
Instead of praying for my friend, perhaps she should have prayed for slightly enhanced spelling and grammar skills. At any rate, my Vaughn shut her down fast and made it clear that not only was her preaching unwelcome, but that it would have zero effect on his belief system.
Ruth, like many Christians, is incapable of sensing the futility of preaching to atheists. So in a desperate (and ineffective) attempt to win another soul over for Christ she kept at it. After learning that Vaugn chose to place Riley with someone else, she sent the following inane and poorly articulated diatribe.
Note: I omitted two pages (885 words) of Ruth’s mindless ranting about how disappointed she was that Riley was given to someone else. She took it very personally (which she shouldn’t have) and rambled on and on in defense of herself as a qualified dog owner. For the record, the decision to place Riley with someone else had absolutely nothing to do with her religious beliefs. The unedited excerpt below followed the two pages that were omitted.
May the Lord Bless you in everything in your life and may one day, you find it in your heart, to know that Jesus is real and he is not some fairy tale. He loves you Jason, even though you don’t love or believe in him. He will never leave you nor stop loving you. No matter what you might go through one day, all you will have to do is cry out his name and he is there for you. He will comfort and love you like no one else. We will all come to our knees one day and call his name. Do you want to take the chance Jason of not knowing what happens to you after you leave this world, or isn’t it nice to say, I know that my Lord is there for me and I know where I am going? I will continue to keep you on my list of people to pray for. You had such a sweetness Jason and I know somehow, someday you will remember these words and I know one day, you will know him as I do. You don’t believe there is a GOD?, So next time your baby dogs look at you with so much love and compassion, ask yourself, did these just come from nowhere? God is LOVE so if God is not love how who ever created these such lovable creatures? These are a just part of his wonderful creations, just like you are, and they are just as loved as we are. The Best to you Jason and, may the Lord continue to use you to take care of, and love on his little animals and he is using you with a gift of love to his special unwanted animals.. If for some reason you change your mind, I am here for Riley, he was beautiful. Also Angie, I want to “Thank You” for your honesty and that you forwarded Jasons e-mail on to me as I was able to find out the truth and I want to say I was very hurt with these comments but God is good and I know he will find me another beautiful dog.
Gob Bless? Okay, that’s only the funniest and most appropriate typo ever.
Well intentioned as she is, Ruth is clearly living in a fantasy world of her own making. Her incessant and incoherent rambling makes that much clear. And who in their right mind names their dog Becky? She’s probably substituting the dogs in her life for the people who push her away because of her nuttiness. At any rate, her email was a pathetic last-ditch effort to recruit another member, and it reeks of desperation.
After this intellectual stick of butter was warned to stop her email harassment via her corporate email account (which is a clear violation of corporate policy) or else her HR department would be alerted, she continued to spew her delusional Christian rhetoric.
All I have to say is your attitude is so very sad and yes from my computer at NBC to you, and no I am not fearful of these threats, everyone at NBC, including all my friends at Human Resources and by the way, including the Vice President happens to also love God as well. They all know that I am a Christian for the 14 years I have been here. So with out God in our country, none of us would be as Blessed in the USA as we are now. Jason, seen you want to be so hateful and revengeful, that’s ok as it seems that will make you feel good inside and that to me is very sad.
SO MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS YOU BOTH., AND YES I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND STILL LOVE MY ENEMY’S
I love her defiant all-capital letters, just like a petulant child sticking her fingers in her ears and screaming LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!
Everyone at NBC loves god? Everyone? Really, Ruth?
Okay, so this woman is clearly delusional – or at the very least a very bad liar. And even if it were true, how could she be so sure that it’s her god they love? Does NBC hire only Christians? What about Muslims? And I wonder if there are any Hindus working in their ENORMOUS worldwide IT department. And of course, there couldn’t possibly be any Jews working for this enter-fucking-tainment company. Nah. Can’t be. Very few work in the biz. Clearly.
I sincerely hope this woman doesn’t hold any position of authority at NBC since she can’t seem to assemble a single coherent sentence. I know third graders who articulate with far greater clarity. This is even more shocking when you consider the alleged fact that she’s so tight with the Vice President of Human Resources for all of NBC Universal. But of course I’d wager every dime I own that she knows nothing about him short of his name. She probably never even met him.
I’d like to give Ruth the benefit of a doubt and believe that she’s just a bitter woman who’s shooting off her mouth and that she doesn’t really believe such a patently silly thing. But she does appear to be authentically batshit crazy, and as we all know, religious fanatics love to speak for everyone else.
Pray away, Ruthie. Every prayer you offer up only goes to show that your alleged god is powerless to sway those who see him for what he is: a myth.
I defy you and your god.