The other thing is that though my opinion of them and my level of esteem for them may not change when discovering that someone is from any faith (whatever it may be), I will be more careful not to be casually blasphemous, as I am wont to be
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16-03-2012 20:25 #21
16-03-2012 20:25 #22I'm just curious to know whether ppl would look at a person differently depending on their religion? like if you knew a person, had certain opinion about them, but on finding out about their religious belief it changed it ?
I harbour disdain for organised religion to begin with but I will go out of my way to avoid two in particular particular religions once I find out acquaintances, colleagues whatever are members of them.
One is actually calling for their laws to work alongside Australian laws and I am just livid about this. But what can one do in the face of do-gooders who feel that this is multi-culturalism and that in order to live in a free society that this means trashing what values we have already?
16-03-2012 20:26 #23
Honestly - I have to say yes.
- that doesn't have to be a negative OR a positive... but it may effect the type of conversation I would enter into with them, or what I would reveal about myself whilst getting to know that person.
I know a lot of people who define them self as *insert religion here* - but don't follow it down the line so I would make assumptions unless they were happy to openly talk about it.
I know some people that are *insert religion here* just because it is a family tradition.
I know some people that are *insert religion here*, and are extremely passionate.
Even though DP and I are non believers/non followers of any religion - DP is still 'god father' to one of our oldest friends' daughter. - his responsibility is simply to keep their DD intouch with his mate's side of the family (who is very religious, his mum is a priest).
it wouldn't be the ONLY thing to take into consideration when making a judgement on an idividual/friendship..but it would be a part of it.
17-03-2012 21:18 #24Senior Member
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I didn't have to think about my 'yes' response to this question - it came instantly.
I'm not saying I wouldn't like a person who I found out to have a religion, I would just be making a mental note about that person so that:
1: I mind my p's and q's so that I do not say anything offensive to them by accident...
2: I keep my beliefs to myself in conversation so that I am not the subject of their judgement or pity or whatever it is they might feel (even if they don't say it out loud).
I know from the get-go we'll never be true bosom buddies. But certainly fine to chat and laugh with and enjoy the company of (eg: I attend a church based playgroup - I am very mindful of my words there and what I disclose about myself. Otherwise, it's a lovely morning and I find those women extrememly pleasant and it's probably because they are religious.)
And I admire the good things they do in the community and I have changed myself to be a bit more generous and caring because of that example they set. Still don't want a bar of their religion though!
17-03-2012 21:31 #25
Yes. Particularly if it is a big part of their lives. Not as much if it is just a background thing.
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20-04-2012 02:44 #28
With everything we learn about someone we subconsciously 'fashion' the way we respond to/interact with them. Like if I met a nerdy professor, I'd try to smarten up my lingo, talk and act differently to how i woud with my hairdresser... I would show more respect to older folk too, as I have culturally been taught to.
I'm religious myself and love hearing about other religions so would probably ask a lot of questions. I do have a bias towards those who believe in a higher power as opposed to athiests.
20-04-2012 06:20 #29
20-04-2012 06:41 #30
I cautiously scrolled down willing my friends to not have posted "yes", I admire the honesty of those who did.
I admire the discipline a lot of my religious friends have, especially the ones who are Muslim.
I would hope people don't dismiss a friendship with me because of my religion, the thought they could generalize about me and dismiss me before truly knowing me hurts a bit.
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