I went with my mother to her bank so she could get a safety deposit box, one I was given acccess to as well, so my presence was required. She began to speak to the bank employee about how happy she was to get one so she could keep her jewelry safe. She then pulled out her gold Virgin Mary necklace to show him, because it's very important to her. He exclaimed over how pretty it was, and she said something along the lines of "Everyone in my family is very religious. Well, except for her," and nodded towards me.
Bank dude's interest is piqued and he says "Really? Have you given it a chance? Cos if you do, I promise you'll have the best, most fulfilling life ever." I replied that I had once upon a time been a Christian, but was no longer and hinted that I was not by any means interested, hoping that it would cease the conversation. Sadly, he kept going for about an hour. I can't quote the whole thing from memory, but my mom had mentioned how I had wanted to be a missionary when I was younger but "you need money for such a thing." His reply reminded me of how so many people pray and that makes them feel better about doing nothing: "You know what's better than money? Praying about it." I facepalmed on the inside.
There was also his statement "as soon as you said you didn't believe, Diosito told me to stand up for him, and I am so thankful for the opportunity." I didn't say much because I didn't want to cause a scene, and I was horribly uncomfortable with this man's pushiness. What would you guys have done?

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Comment by Alexander D. Casper on March 23, 2011 at 2:52pm
It's hard to say what I would do. I don't really have a good poker face and my "what the hell did you just say?!" expression tends to do the work for me. People tend to shut up when you look disgusted by them. I also think it's funny that it takes place in a bank because isn't like the exact opposite kind of institution against Christianity? Like meek inheriting the earth and all. Gold sucks, I think there was a chapter about that.
Comment by Walter Maki on March 23, 2011 at 2:52pm
Since your mother was present at the time I think you handle yourself very well. I in turn would handled it about the same way.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 23, 2011 at 2:56pm
Wow.  Really awkward with your mother there as well.  I supposed I might have just replied with some glib comment about a Christian being a banker in light of the perspective that Jesus had on money changers.
Comment by Beefaice on March 23, 2011 at 3:19pm
They are indeed, Alex. Jesus said that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Later, Paul preached for rich believers to give all of their crap up, as well.
Comment by Beefaice on March 23, 2011 at 3:20pm
And my mom was why I didn't say as much as I could. She likes to have people preach at me.
Comment by Sean Fraser on March 23, 2011 at 4:52pm
When he said that God asked him to stand up for him I would've said "Wait...God just spoke to you? The dude at the bank who's in charge of handing out safety deposit boxes? I'm sure God has much more to do and more important people to talk to than you. If my own mother can't get me to believe in your primitive invisible best friend, you won't either. Can I have my key now?"
Comment by Tammy on March 23, 2011 at 6:59pm

I am not sure what I would have done. I am very outspoken and can be the worst sarcastic ass ever when provoked, my mom knows this all to well. So generally she would be compelled to avoid the topic all together than be embarrassed. It would have been funny if you had over emphasized confusion. The asked for confirmation of where you actually were, than make some smart ass comment like "Oh because I thought I was in a church and not at the bank Conducting Business on a professional level as a paying customer".

 

 

Comment by James on March 23, 2011 at 8:44pm
That was rather rude of the bank employee as well as you're mom 'throwing you under the bus'. I would have politely debated him and shown where all his comments and assertions were lacking. And after all that was done I would inform him that due to his behavior, you will be closing your account (if you have one there) and shall be changing banks.
Comment by Jake W. Andrews on March 23, 2011 at 11:44pm
I guess working at a bank that receives government money, and could go bankrupt, potentially, in the next year, you may cling to faith in a hardcore manner, such as he.
Comment by atheistrising on March 24, 2011 at 12:48am
Well thats rude he was pushing his personal beliefs on you thats not right

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