"Interesting" conversation with a teacher

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  1. futuremathsprof

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    Pfft, lol!
     
  2. Mr.history

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    I'm not religious. I don't call myself an atheist but I also don't really consider religion in my day to day life. If this happened to me I would just say "yes he does" even though in my head I would probably thinking my day was good because of the workout I had that morning/great wife I get to see this afternoon/ect. I don't think me saying that instantly makes me religious and I would rather just agree than be off putting to someone with good intentions.

    I also work in a state where its not uncommon for everyone to pray at faculty meetings, so I just stare at my shoes :)
     
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    It's so strange to me how different things can be in different parts of the US. Around here, there would be people who would definitely take issue with prayer at staff meetings.
     
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    Consider that you could have not contined the conversation after our colleague’s comment that God makes it a good day. A simple ‘have a great day’ would have suffced. Wereyu trying to connect and share your belief by relating your Yom Kippur holiday or were you reacting defensively?
     
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    That just seems rude. People who are praying for others are (hopefully) doing so out of kindness.
     
  6. catnfiddle

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    This particular friend IS kind of rude, to be honest. I still like her.

    The Yom Kippur comment was a nervous reaction. Too many years of people trying to bring me to Christianity has made me a little knee-jerk.
     
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    Right you are. I hate it when people constantly try to convert other people to their religion. It’s incredibly rude.
     
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    I know the feeling. I once had a colleague that for years kept bringing up the trinity. I'm Mormon, and the faith rejects the concept of the Trinity. It quickly went past a theological discussion to just being annoying.
     
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    Who would find that "off-putting"? I've worked with many people of all faiths, and it sounds optimistic.

    "off-putting"? I'm not seeing it.
     
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    It seems to me this is a situation where context, tone, and nonverbal clues could hold a lot of weight. It's easy to imagine the OP's conversation in either a conversational or a pushy tone.

    I've found, as an adult, it's good to have ways to excuse yourself from any conversation that makes you uncomfortable, whatever the reason. In a similar situation, I'd probably say, "Hmmm..." and then, "Well, I better go make some copies. Enjoy your morning!"
     
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    Agreed...

    But I've had it backfire too. I've had teachers chase me to the copy room, back to my classroom, wherever I happen to be going to debate Jesus and everything else.
     
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    Sad.
     
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    We could just stick to "good morning" and leave the religious undertones out of it completely.
     
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    See post #28.
     
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    This kind of reminds em of when I told a coworker about my weekend plans-I was really excited because I had ticket to a Broadway show and I had been waiting months for it. She asked what show. I replied The Book of Mormon

    She basically yelled at my and called me a religious bigot.

    My response"...Well it did win Grammy so..."
     
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