It reminds me of the furor that metoo caused among creepers who want to creep. I must glue the plausible deniability fig-leaf back on! Deploy the super glue!!! Not at all.
Are you a woman of faith? I thought you were here to try to sell my company widgets. What do you think your role is to my faith or questioning thereof?
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On occasion I have spoken with coworkers more like work-friends about religion but only from genuine curiosity on both sides and with a very lighthearted, just-want-to-know-more-about-you tone. You can ask are you religious?
Asking about faith, in the US, is usually a signifier of christianity. The subtext was to me obvious. Both of them are asking about your personal state but only one is meant to be answered honestly.
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Probably refuses to allow their spouse to interact with the opposite sex. Or drive. Or work. How many evangelicals do you know in real life? The last 3 are rare enough not to really characterize the movement as a whole. In the US, this question is commonly used to determine if someone is of a specific faith, usually Evangelical Protestant. Everything about this question and context is familiar to me, as someone who has lived in the US South for many years. Specifically, it rings of evangelical to me. As a Christian myself, I would just assume that to mean, do you believe in anything?
But to each their own. It would also depend on the context it was asked in and how judgmental the person came across. The term is used as code for specific denominations — kinda like drawing loaves and fishes back in the day. We have to for our safety. At minimum, the safety of our mental health.
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At the worst, to protect our lives. I hope, though, that you will listen to those of us who are in the minority and believe us when we say that this phrase is indeed a very specific dogwhistle. I come from the west coast though were everything is more free-thinking and liberal. If I were in the bible belt I would assume Christian too which is why I said context is important.
Keep it simple and blunt. Then move on as you did. It was narrated by Matt Damon. Discovered it with my kid last year.
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We watched the scene where the army tried to break him and failed miserably over and over and over. My actual both was Russian and non-religious, his wife dragged him to the church every Sunday. It was awkward and inappropriate. I managed to walk out of it by mumbling something about not wanting to get up early on Sunday. Big international corporation. Thank you.
I have seen that attitude all over the country. Yes, rampant in the South, but not exclusive to it. We have a large swathe of intense, evangelical religiosity throughout California. Oh, yes. I was raised liberal, non-evangelical, Quaker, but for such a tiny religion it sure has a lot of subtypes, including evangelical.
There are evangelical Quakers? I had no idea! Though most of my awareness of Quaker attitudes comes from folks who went to the local Quaker school, rather than religious Quakers. Read: I know very little about Quakers. I said no, going to a party.
He…asked why not church. And then there was a twenty-minute bus ride where dude kept trying to get me to explain paganism and my reasons for believing in same because he juuuuuust wanted to knoooooow. I ask if they have a Bible with them. If so, will they please share with me a reading of my favorite verse? Then I ask them to read Matthew out loud. Things are very, VERY different in the south, generally speaking, especially rural areas.
Southerners Christians will routinely talk about church, the bible, Jesus, etc. They assume that everyone else is Christian too. I grew up and lived in the south, but I now live in the northeast, and the difference is night and day! I never hear anyone discuss religion at work in the northeast. Oof yeah. My suburb was somewhat diverse, but Christian was the dominant religion by far and discussions about faith were just…the norm.
I had an ex who grew up in the Deep South, oh the horror stories he used to tell. When he became atheist, his family staged an intervention and brought a pastor in. During the time he and I were together, his mom, who still lived down South and was in her 70s, changed churches, because the old church was too far for her to walk to and she was having serious health issues. Several of her old friends straight up dumped her for switching from a Baptist church to a Methodist one or vice versa. Told us New Yorkers this story as if it were perfectly normal and expected and was a little baffled at our horrified reactions.
I met someone who was given over to the state when he decided he was atheist at age It just… blew my mind. This was in Dallas about 11 years ago.
I am so sorry. Probably depends on where?