Do you think this crosses a line between whats permissible when people are in a non professional environment Vs a professional one?
For me its bad enough that the Religious feel that it is OK to come to peoples homes and attempt to share their beliefs (aka convert you). There is little you can do other than hose them down as they approach screaming “No, No, Shoo, get out of here, scat” while flailing your free hand around like your trying to chase raccoons out of your garbage. You can’t help but think that is bad enough but to have them come to a place of business is a new low.
In the workplace I maintain a very strict professionalism. Most people know that I am atheist but we do not discuss this at work, period. I painfully tolerate clients or other business people that slip in the occasional “bless you” or “God be with you” but all else has never been an issue.
So when a volunteer business rep, as she put it, came into my office moments ago to hand me an Awake Magazine; How to Manage Money. I took it politely and immediately flipped it over to the back. I thought it was cute how she tried to hand it to me in away that I wouldn’t notice the back first. I’ve learned over the years that these people like to put a seemingly warm fuzzy feeling non religious cover on the front of these books but a quick flip and BAM, “How to be God’s Friend”.
The minute I flipped it open and began scanning the pages for the content she went into her rehearsed role of trying to convince me how these times were plaguing all of us and in these times we are all thinking of how God can help us. That is before the End Times come upon us.
Now it could be that I am a little over worked. It could even be that I am hosting a giant Thanksgiving bash at my place for all the misfits and I still have a shopping to do, which is a nightmare in itself. More than likely it’s all of the above but I set her book down looked up at her and said “You are far off the normal beat aren’t you? You do realize this is a place of business and not a residential area. I get that your organization feels the need to interrupt our home life more often then not but this is my office you’re in and there are people here that are trying to work. I have a no soliciting sign for a reason. I get that you feel that you are above solicitation but I don’t see it that way. Besides we have two Catholics, four Christians, and an Atheist working in this office, can you guess which one I am?”
She asked me what my name was and went out of the office so quickly that she left the front door wide open.
I still am dumbfounded that they are coming into the work place like they are trying to sell me a copier for my office. If "God" can produce perfect color copies in 1 second or less double sided... I may reconsider. Hehe, I mean seriously?