working with the woo

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Brian (September 16, 2010, 09:50:47 AM):
Reminds of a project I got involved some years ago: I became the consultant to a NG Kerk (one of the largest in SA) to help them develop a strategic plan. It took some two years' of Saturday mornings down the tube to do but it was quite an uncomfortable environment for me to work in. I stuck to the technicalities of the process. It all ended well though when they handed me a beautiful leather-bound "Verklarende Bybel" duly signed by the Kerkraad. >:D I actually read it to clarify some issues off and on in my research...but when they prayed I checked them out knowing full well that most of the kerkvaders were absolute skelms and vagabonds and Lilli the more they preached and prayed the more they hide...not that this helps you but we're there in spirit.
Faerie (September 16, 2010, 10:15:12 AM):
Tell them you have aspergers, and a phobia for touching other's germ filled hands, it is generally an accepted excuse. (I generally go for this - truth on both accounts)

You could also go the route of praying in your closet - that your version of god's word instructs you to do your praying in private, and whilst you will show your support by standing around whilst they do their thing, your beliefs dictate that you do it on your own. (Yeah, its lying, but they will leave you alone in future)

I wouldnt open the god debate at work, it might become a problem in the long run.

Good luck.....
Teleological (September 16, 2010, 10:22:07 AM):
I agree, tell your boss you feel very uncomfortable to pray to something you think most likely is not there anyway.
Explain to him that it is like blaspheming to something that you think most likely is not there.
Tell him it makes you uncomfortable because you think it is utterly pointless, irrational and just plain stupid from your point of view to talk in any way or form to or about something you do not think exist.
Maybe he will understand that you would like not to pray or blaspheme out of respect, since that is perhaps the most rational think to do from your point of view and would like to do only rational things (from your point of view) while at work.

I am sure he will understand.
mdg (September 16, 2010, 10:57:34 AM):
Quote from: Faerie
I wouldnt open the god debate at work, it might become a problem in the long run.


I agree.

Quote from: Teleological
I agree, tell your boss you feel very uncomfortable to pray to something you think most likely is not there anyway.
Explain to him that it is like blaspheming to something that you think most likely is not there.
Tell him it makes you uncomfortable because you think it is utterly pointless, irrational and just plain stupid from your point of view to talk in any way or form to or about something you do not think exist.
Maybe he will understand that you would like not to pray or blaspheme out of respect, since that is perhaps the most rational think to do from your point of view and would like to do only rational things (from your point of view) while at work.

I am sure he will understand.

You're an idiot.
GCG (September 16, 2010, 11:13:21 AM):
some ammo against the woo:

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

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