My guess is that this has been covered in another forum but I wanted to throw it out there;
So who among us has been the following situation: You are sitting at a friends or even a family's dinner table and everyone gets ready to say grace. Everyone bows their heads and or closes their eyes. What do you do? Do you close your eyes and or bow your head out of respect and think to yourself "omg this is such bs", or do you hold your atheist head up high with a kind of "suck-it" mentality I am not going to coddle you just because you expect me to, I'm an atheist dammit and proud of it!!!
Would love to hear your thoughts and stories!!
I always say.....WE bless the plants and animals that have given their lives so we may sustain ours.
No mention of god.
Someone I know does that. Everyone joins hand and then he intones "We are very grateful for the food we are about to eat", or something like that.
I like that, but I would never do it.
Being gay at an orthodox wedding is great. I prefer dancing with men anyway.
"I recognize it like someone asking you to use the coaster on the coffee table, it's just the motions that matter..."
I don't think that analogy works for me. Using a coaster has a practical function. If the host asks me to use one, I'm not going through the motions; I am respecting their property. Prayer and bowing one's head has a symbolic function. It shows deference to God. In not bowing my head, I am respecting my property, that is to say my body and mind.