I was raised Jewish, went to Hebrew School and had a Bar Mitzvah. After that was over, I gave it all up, only to make sure I was respectful on the holidays when I was with my family. I often say I am Jewish, for two reasons. One, it is a hilarious thing to say out of nowhere when no one is talking. Two, because some how, some where, there is some crazy rule that if your mother is Jewish, then you are Jewish. I don’t understand that one bit, it is just a religion. I have no problem if someone wants to follow their faith, no matter how critical I may be of their beliefs. Just don’t try to push your beliefs on me and I won’t do it to you; to a point.
Now as I stated, I am not religious at all, but I am bothered when people are extremely ignorant and will fall back on my semi-judiasm, if needed. For instance, if I am out in the month of December buying something from a store and the clerk tells me to have a Merry Christmas, it bothers me. Why would you assume that everyone who walks by you, buys into your way of thinking. But I digress, because the purpose of this post, is to tell you all about a little incident that happened to me at work this afternoon.
I was sitting and eating lunch when a co-worker, who will remain anonymous, came over to me and asked me, “What Jewish holiday is on the 20th”. She, it is a woman, knows I am not a religious person, but I guess suspected I would still know the answer. Now, unless it is Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashannah or Chanukah; I do not know, I don’t even know how to properly spell them. So I told her, “I really don’t know”. Her response was, “Yeah you do, it is one of their crazy ones“.
It took every last inch of whatever will power I had in my body to remain civil, as this is a place of business. I could have easily stood up and said, “Oh yeah, the crazy one; is that where everyone hides eggs and worships rabbits?”, as I so wanted to. Or maybe, “Is that the crazy holiday based on a book where somebody lives inside a whale for a week?” It should be noted I chose those two examples as this person is Catholic.
I am a cynical bastard, I know it. But can you really fault me for being bothered by this? I mean, this is not the first run-in I have had with this person, dealing with many issues. But, I am always respectful and won’t let things get out of hand. But everyday, on a grander scale, the world is being devoured by religion and it has to stop.
I would keep writing, but you all know what I want to say already. I just wanted to relay this story to you all. Now that I got that out of my system, I think I am going to read a book, I heard this “Dianetics” thing is a good read.