In responding to a phone message left by a potential customer I called back to see what they wanted. We discussed what they were looking for and whether I could accommodate their woodworking request. Then there was this: "So what church do you go to?" I explained that I was not religious and therefore had no need to attend any church. They commented that they would leave a "pew" open for me.

Is it just ignorant southern U.S. fundamentalist Christians that make these assumptions about individuals they have never met or spoke with or does this go on throughout the world? Do Hindus and Sikhs in India make similar inquiries with their fellow citizens? These people are so brainwashed and indoctrinated with their feeble ideologies that they make stupid assumptions without realizing the error of their thinking. Around here saying you're a Wiccan is almost like saying your father was Anton LaVey; I think I might start using that line in response to these fundamentalists.     

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Comment by Unseen on February 18, 2015 at 1:46pm

Christianity and Islam are both evangelical religions, which means it is the obligation of devout Christians and Muslims to recruit new members and help expand the influence of the religion. Scientology is also an evangelical religion (if it is a religion at all).

Comment by Nerdy Keith on February 19, 2015 at 11:14am

Well I've noticed this from Catholics in Ireland too. They assume everyone is a Catholic. I even had to listen to Catholics complain about the Angelus been taken off RTÉ and say "They can't do that this is our (meaning all Irish citizens) religion!". Despite the fact that RTÉ is clearly not a religious channel and also despite the fact that we are not all Catholics and would rather a non-religious channel doesn't have unnecessary religious programming. 

Comment by Noel on February 19, 2015 at 2:24pm
Sitting at a bus stop, in Northern New Jersey, woman walks over and tell's me "Jesus loves you". After three minutes of listening to exactly how much he loves me I tell her that I'm an atheist. She yells "You're going to burn in hell" as she walks away. So much for this Jesus loving me.

Walking through the subway in New York City scientologist are handing out tracks. One get's in front of me, impeding my progress, and saids, "please take one". I tell him to get the fuck out my way and further more, in my best Ethel Merman impersonation, "Atheist!!!!!".

In a cab, on my way home from a long night at work, cabbie starts speaking to me in arabic. After realizing he's not on the phone and speaking to me I ask him, in my best Robert DeNiro "Taxi Driver" impersonation, "You talkin' to me?" He looks at me from the rearview mirror and ask's where I'm from I ask him where does he think I'm from; he saids "Iraq". I tell him Puerto Rico and he ask's "Where's that?" He then started berating the America where I then asked him to pull over got out and stiffed him for the fair.
Comment by Cato (Kaito) Rigas on February 20, 2015 at 1:32am

That's one thing I wont miss about America. Everyone thinks that if your an atheist, you're obviously missing out on this wonderful experience and it's their obligation to include you. Mind you, in California I don't think I was asked once about my beliefs. But I did have a thought provoking experience at a party I attended. I was happily enjoying some chips and guacamole when some guy walked up to me and offered me acid. Even after several refusals, he was committed to see me take it. He went on and on about how I'd see and feel things I'd never even conceived of before. According to him, I simply didn't understand and I was really "missing out". It was eerily familiar. 

In almost every other state I've been to, I was a victim of attempted bus stop conversion. Though that may be my own fault for having the air about me of an unsaved soul and the financial misfortune of being dependent on bus lines: an apparent favorite of the pretentiously well intentioned  amateur missionaries.

Comment by Unseen on February 20, 2015 at 11:30am

I always thought that "The Assumption of the Virgin Mary" was that the rhythm method would keep her from getting pregnant.

Comment by MikeLong on February 20, 2015 at 6:18pm

Suggestion: rather than admitting that your are not religious, you might want to consider saying, "I'd rather not mix religion with business, if you don't mind". You might retain some business that an avowed atheist might lose in such an environment.

Comment by Unseen on February 20, 2015 at 9:02pm

Good advice, Mike, but it'd be interesting to see how it goes after (rolling eyes) "Oh, not another idiot who believes all that religious crap."

Comment by Ed on February 21, 2015 at 6:08pm

@ Mike

At the point in the conversation where he "popped' the question I had already ascertained that he wasn't going to want to spend the kind of money necessary to build the piece his wife had wanted. That is sound advice though.


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