It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on Tony Miano, the street preacher. I’ve done quite a few posts on him in the past about his bully ways. He has been arrested twice overseas while doing street preaching. Some countries have rules about what you can and cannot say about gay people. Tony crossed the line and was taken into custody, and eventually released. I have quite a few issues with Tony.
He has a book about women preaching (he is strongly opposed to women preaching or teaching men), and one of the most difficult posts I wrote was when Tony publicly questioned his wife’s salvation. I felt like I was intruding in their bedroom as he detailed what happened that made his wife, Mahria, question her salvation. Ugh – it is so inappropriate and insensitive to post that kind of thing for any and all to see. I wrote a blog post about this in the hopes that Mahria would see it and get support. Here was my response to Mahria:
Mahria, it took me a long time to learn this, but you do not need your husband’s approval. Your husband does not get to decide for you whether or not you are a Believer. That’s God’s job. Tony claims he is not your Holy Spirit, but he is acting like he is. Having sin in your life does not mean you are an unbeliever. If you’ve had sin that you didn’t realize for 27 years, and you repent and confess it, your work is done. Christ did the rest for you. You can walk in that grace and confidence. I am so sorry that your husband has decided to use you to further his “ministry.” You should not be used like this. You should be cherished, loved, and respected.
Well, I am happy to say that it’s been about 2-1/2 months since we’ve seen a tweet from Tony asking for living expenses. He used to post tweets like this at least several times a month. His wife was the primary breadwinner.
How has Tony been surviving? I checked out his Twitter account and noticed that he finally has a job – driving for Uber. That part is great!
But I also learned that he is using job at Uber as a way of evangelizing when he has passengers in his car, and he is blogging about his interactions with customers. I wonder if his customers know that their private conversations are fodder for his blog?
Imagine unsuspecting passengers getting in his car and then experiencing Tony proselytize. I have a problem with this. I wouldn’t like it if a Buddhist or Muslim Uber driver tried to sell me their religion. It’s one thing if a passenger initiates a conversation regarding spiritual topics, but we know this is not the way Tony works. He sees this work as an opportunity to evangelize, and seizes the moment.
How are passengers treated if they don’t want to discuss his brand of religion? Does Tony respect their wishes? I sure hope so.
I checked out Uber’s Community Guidelines and found the following:
It appears to me that Tony Miano is not following Uber’s community guidelines. And I also wonder if there are legal issues with him using the name “Uber” in his Ubervangelism?