People get to me sometimes!

I had an inter­est­ing lit­tle expe­ri­ence yes­ter­day that has made me think about some things.

My super­vi­sor is on vaca­tion this week, but yes­ter­day he sent the depart­ment an email telling us a cou­ple of things he need­ed us to know. Then, as a P.S. to his mes­sage, he added that his son had been bap­tized into their church on Sun­day. I wrote him an email con­grat­u­lat­ing him on that.

One of my cowork­ers saw the email I was send­ing and asked me “How can you con­grat­u­late him? You’re a Pagan, you don’t approve of that sort of thing!” I tried to explain that the con­grat­u­la­tions have noth­ing to do with my beliefs, but with those of the per­son I’m con­grat­u­lat­ing. He couldn’t under­stand it.

Sud­den­ly I’m inun­dat­ed by peo­ple in the depart­ment want­i­ng to know why I am doing some­thing that they see as demean­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty. (Yes, the one who saw the mes­sage decid­ed to talk to every­one about it.) I don’t under­stand the rea­son­ing, but sev­er­al peo­ple insist­ed that my “con­grat­u­la­tions” was noth­ing but sar­casm and I was intend­ing an insult to the prac­tice and the spe­cif­ic event by say­ing that.

No, I was intend­ing to con­grat­u­late my super­vi­sor and his fam­i­ly on the event. You see…I actu­al­ly like my super­vi­sor and I know some­thing like this means a lot to him and I was hap­py for him and his fam­i­ly that some­thing so impor­tant to them had hap­pened.

I may be the office Pagan – yes, I am now the only open Pagan in this entire com­pa­ny! – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any respect for oth­er people’s reli­gion. In fact, see­ing how many peo­ple react to the beliefs of oth­ers, I think I prob­a­bly have more respect for the beliefs of oth­ers than pret­ty much any­one else in the place!

Posted on August 1st 2006 by James

Filed under General and Whatever, Spirituality and Religion | 1 Comment »

One Response to “People get to me sometimes!”

  1. Cynthia Armistead responded on 01 Aug 2006 at 7:59 pm #

    I do find that we’re gen­er­al­ly more respect­ing of all beliefs than Chris­tians are, prob­a­bly because of the expe­ri­ence of being in the minor­i­ty.

    I fear this per­son is just look­ing to cause trou­ble, though.

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