Hi everyone.

Okay, I know this is a touchy subject so just hear me out before you dismiss this post.

In the past, I have seen people on the streets of large cities preaching their radical beliefs. You've seen them: they are loud and obnoxious and often walk around with props or handouts. They can sometimes get in your face and almost always make you feel uncomfortable. Well now, they are starting to infiltrate our Jersey Shore boardwalks.

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So here is the thing... I understand that a very important part of this country is to be able to have your own beliefs and voice those beliefs. It is your right. It is all of our rights.

But you do not need to cause this type of disruption in a place where people are trying to relax and enjoy their funnel cake.

First:

If you are looking to recruit, the boardwalk is not the place.  If anything, you are trying to push your agenda onto others in an inappropriate setting. You don't need to bring the beliefs to us. We know they are there and will come to you if and when the time comes.

We all have the right to go to the beach, the park, and the boardwalk without being yelled at. These are places people go to relax....so let them.

Second:

I know that it is not my place to tell anyone what to believe.

However, a common theme that is being preached on our boardwalks that I have personally heard are messages revolving around exclusion and hatred.

They talk about same-sex marriage like it is an abomination and you know what? If that is what you want to believe that is your prerogative.

But once again.....everyone, whether they align with your beliefs or not, has the right to hit the boardwalk without being publicly mocked.

I think there is one key thing to keep in mind here: R E S P E C T.

So let's keep it kind and respectful and the world - and boardwalk - will be a much better place.

Thank you.

Nicole Murray.