Religious Tolerance – Yes, But From Everybody, Please

I didn’t write this; I wish I could claim it for my own, but because I felt more people should read it, I received permission from  ScribeDoll, a writer-friend of mine from the UK to post it here.

Scribe Doll

I ask a man I’ve just met what he does for a living.  “I build boats,” he says, “like Jesus – I mean Noah –” he darts me a concerned look and holds out his hand in a halt sign, “I mean, not that I’m religious.”

The quasi squeamishness in his tone and body language not only implies that being religious is in some way objectionable, politically incorrect, or embarrassing, but also his absolute certainty that I share his view.  As though anybody in his or her right mind would.

I’m in a pub with a group of writer friends.  Somehow, the conversation turns to religion, and a joke is shared about people who believe in God.  “I believe in God,” I say.

Complete silence as they all turn to me with an expression of shock mixed with disbelief.  One of them says, “How can a woman as intelligent as…

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to Religious Tolerance – Yes, But From Everybody, Please

  1. Scribe Doll says:

    Thank you very much!


  2. julespaige says:

    When one has to hide their beliefs in order to be believed – that, that is criminal.
    And yet some believe equality only means that their view point is ‘better’.

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