So I am shopping on the phone to find a local certified mechanic to install a new engine in my wife's truck.  It was recommended to call a specific mechanic shop about fifty miles away. After talking to the shop owner's wife for about ten minutes because he was tied up with customers she finally said something to the effect that "we don't like to take new customers as we stay busy with our existing clientele."  I commented I thought this was an odd business philosophy. She then proceeded to suggest another mechanic down the road and explained he could do the job I needed. And she also stated "Oh, you'll like him, he's a christian and goes to our church." 

This last statement made me want to challenge her implication that all christian auto mechanics were reputable and to be trusted. It is annoying that theists throw this crap out about either their business or someone they know having an upstanding christian philosophy. I have dealt with other so called christian businesses in the past that had no problem trying to weasel out of their responsibility to the customer.

I should of asked her if she thought the christian mechanic would do his best while working on my godless truck.

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Comment by Missy Hollingsworth on April 20, 2013 at 1:49pm

HA! I would have loved to hear what her response to that would be....

I think I understand what your point is. I think we've all dealt with situations like this at one point or another. My aunt makes statements like that quite a lot. She knows I am definitely not a christian, but she still insists on trying to send me to her church buddies businesses. The most recent... I was talking with my mom about how I wanted to get my hair cut for my wedding, and of course, my aunt piped up with, "Oh, you should go to Sandy, she goes to my church, and she does a wonderful job. God guides her scissors..." my response to her was, "Thanks for the warning, I don't think I want someone's invisible friend giving advice on what my hair should look like." Of course, she huffed and left the room. It was kinda fun watching her turn all red faced.

In my experience, these so called 'god fearing' business owners usually charge more for their services to cover the tithe from their churches... or at least my mormon uncle does.... just saying

Comment by Simon Paynton on April 20, 2013 at 7:06pm

"You probably dont believe in God either and you are a feminist"

Words completely fail me.  "You are a removalist.

Comment by James Cox on April 20, 2013 at 7:50pm

This has happen to me a few times, but under different conditions.

A few years ago, I needed to mount a challenge to a a complaint about my contracting business and the customer's desire to not pay an outstanding contract balance. It took us 9 months before we could appear in court, so I began a deep study in contract law, and compiled all the available info I had on the project.

When we appeared in court, my 150 page file and their 50 page file exchanged hands. During the hearing the other party attempted to enter into the the court record their 'religious character references', as if this was going to trump any records/evidence I might offer. The court would nothing to do with the references.

The second portion where they failed was during the airing of evidence for both parties. During my review, I found several indications of picture manipulations using Photo Shop. I mentioned these discrepencies, that the other party responded, 'We had to do this...'. The judge then looked at them as tainted and without worth!    

I won the judgment. 

Comment by SteveInCO on April 20, 2013 at 9:20pm

This last statement made me want to challenge her implication that all christian auto mechanics were reputable and to be trusted.

What about her implication and assumption that you (and probably everyone else) would be a Christian?

Comment by SteveInCO on April 20, 2013 at 9:42pm

I should of asked her if she thought the christian mechanic would do his best while working on my godless truck.

Oh now how did I miss this?  My truck is officially nicknamed "The Antichrist."  I took it to a dealership once, a big one, where they put numbers on all the vehicles so they don't confuse them.  I went to pick the thing up and lo and behold the number hanging from the rearview was 665.  I told them they almost got it right.  (I got 111 the next time, just need to multiply by six.)

Comment by Rachel Slawson on April 21, 2013 at 5:38am

When I was growing up in Louisiana, the big trend among the religious in the area (there were a lot of them) was to put a little Jesus fish somewhere on the business sign, and usually on the business cards and telephone book ads too.  That way you could automatically know that you were dealing with "good folks", who were clearly more trustworthy and/or talented than the people who did not have Jesus fish signs. I see the little fish symbol (or a scripture verse, or reference to one) used on commercial products in stores too every once in a while. Gadzooks! clothing is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.  They printed scripture verses on the bottom of the bags.  Most of the time it's so small and hidden on the packaging that you would never spot it while browsing, so it seems to defeat the purpose of advertising it as a "Christian" product.  Maybe it's there as a good luck charm/blessing?   Like God brownie points just for having it on the box?  Whenever I come across it I feel icky about buying that product.  It's not something I want to support. 

Comment by Rachel Slawson on April 21, 2013 at 5:41am

Oh, remembered another one.  In-and-Out Burger.

Very sneaky of them. 

Comment by diggerbanks on April 21, 2013 at 6:03am

But the thing is, if they are a devout christian, you can be sure that they are hard-working and honest. Just because they are guided that way by some old book written in ignorant times doesn't make it any less valid when choosing a good professional to do a job for you. Overt ethical guidance is generally reassuring especially if it comes from a third party.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on April 21, 2013 at 7:11am

A friend of mine was fired from his job over a dispute between him and another worker.  The boss told him that the other worker was the wife of a baptist  minister and therefore her version of events was more believable.  

Comment by Alan C on April 21, 2013 at 11:27am

Rachel, I have a T shirt that reads:  'Atheism - A non-prophet organisation'.  Does that count?


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