Dear Atheist Republic, I have had an unusual experience at work.
A new Operations Manager has recently started with the company, a very straight-laced, “decent, clean-cut” looking sort of guy, younger than me, and professionally qualified, I presume. He looks a real no-nonsense go-getter. At first glance he reminded me of a school prefect or a library monitor.
I have been in this job for a couple of years and everyone knows my attitude to religion.
To cut to the short, the other morning I was having coffee in the staff lunch area before work, as is my habit, and in he walks. I opened with a cheery “Good Morning.”
He cautiously returned the greeting and, I swear, on my Grandma’s copy of ‘The Female Eunuch’, he made the sign of the cross at me, with the index fingers of both hands, as if to fend off my presence.
I have to say I was delighted!
But he wasn’t smiling. It wasn’t like a joke or anything. Friends in jest have done exactly the same thing to me in the past. I have been told more than once by quite a few that I will burn in the fiery lake of hell, but this guy hardly knows me and he hexes me as if I am spawn of Satan. (perhaps I am, and missed the memo).
Anyway, I have to say I was so astonished I didn’t know how to react, but was spared the need as he abruptly exited.
I can’t be sure I am not imagining that he is glaring at me or if he is simply deep in serious thought about work issues when-ever our paths cross. In repsonse, I either wave like the Queen, nod meaningfully like Schwarznegger, or grin insincerely like Basil Fawlty as the mood takes me. I wonder if he knows my dear brother or attends the same brethren? In any case I still feel delighted.
Has any fellow ARian has a similar experience? Anyone had holy water thrown at them, been subject to a curse, an exorcism, had a stake driven through their heart, anything?
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Start looking for another job far away from the weirdo.
If the job was not super important to me, I would put two fingers to my lips then touch my ass, (kiss my ass,) for every time he did the cross thing to me, as quickly as possible after the cross thing to drive the point home.
If anyone ever asked I would explain that I was warding off crazy theists in a symbol of my own personal beliefs. If you got fired for it, you could probably sue and win. The down side is: you would have to make sure your case was airtight in terms of excuses for other reasons why they fired you.
My parents are still actively religious and can visibly be seen to get 'tense' when the subject is mentioned in conversation.
I don't often 'chime in' so to speak, unless grave errors are made, such as on a few posts on this forum.
In reality I try to avoid conflict at all costs, but I despise people who are dishonest and spout false facts.
If it was me, I'd discretely put up a "Hail Satan" poster somewhere, or perhaps something less obviously provocative, such as a pentagram.
I like that idea, maybe we can all put our heads together and think of something creative that will ruffle the nutheads feathers w/o risking the original posters job.
Obviously a deeply religious/superstitious person. Should be pretty easy to prank the guy. I know their are techniques to create art with toast. Perhaps a picture of a devil looking character on the guys bread for his sandwich? (swap out the bread in his sandwich for the one with the printed design made to look naturally occuring?) I know people can create art with cream swirls in coffee. Maybe with a bit of practice someone could create a water stain near the guys desk that looks like a pentagram?
I am sure you guys could come up with something better, or we can scour the internet looking for pranks of this nature, that are harmless but may make the religious superstitious guy think the "antichrist" was personally haunting him? Would be a fun little office prank project I would undertake if I was in the situation.
@Logic Re: Pranks
Ahhhh... A man after my own heart. I like how you think. lol
Hey, Grinseed, if it were me, every time the guy did his little sign of the cross thing toward me, I would simply blow him a kiss and wink at him with a big smile on my face. I love playing little psyche games like that. But, as I have said before, I'm kinda warped like that. *grin*
Tin-Man: Hey, Grinseed, if it were me, every time the guy did his little sign of the cross thing toward me, I would simply blow him a kiss and wink at him with a big smile on my face. I love playing little psyche games like that. But, as I have said before, I'm kinda warped like that. *grin*
Damn, mind readers. I have actually done that. Except I just usually did the pucker kiss and wink... No blowing. And I ain't gonna tell y'all what I did when someone said, "I'll pray for you." It is quite vulgar...
@Arakish Re: "And I ain't gonna tell y'all what I did when someone said, "I'll pray for you." It is quite vulgar..."
Hey, no fair teasing like that. Hang on a sec...
Hey, Old Man! Cover your ears and eyes for a minute. Arakish has something vulgar to say! (Oh, and NO peeking!)
Okay, Arakish. Go ahead. *tee-hee-hee*