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 am inspired by the stories below. Why should should I respect obvious BS?
Watch out the next time I do the family dinner and get asked to 'bow my head'
I bow my head and keep my eyes open. It is generally not worth the social hassle to be blatant in my non-compliance.
Depending on the social context (whether I have some control or authority, I am a guest, it is a public and formal occasion, etc.) I might ask that I add a non-sectarian vote of thanks for all the humans who acted to make the situation possible.