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Jul 11 2014

Another Faux Christian Persecution Story

I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines: Bank teller fired for saying ‘have a blessed day’! OMG! More persecution of Christians! They’ll be throwing us into concentration camps any day now! Hemant actually read the lawsuit and thoroughly debunks this nonsense.

But if you dig into the lawsuit a little further, you see that her Christian blessing was only the mildest form of pushing her faith in the workplace. Look at how she treated one of her customers, according to her employer’s warning (grammar unchanged):

On Saturday, July 30th, a customer came into the branch to cash a check and when you asked for his signature he exclaimed “Oh Christ!” and you asked him “Did you just take the Lord’s name in vain?” and he answered you with “Jesus”. You again asked him “Did you just take the Lord’s name in vain?” and advised him that you wouldn’t tolerate him doing so in your presence and then proceeded to talk to him about salvation and telling him that it would be the most important decision he would ever make. You also quoted bible verses for him to read.

Clearly not acceptable and she was told not to do this anymore, but she kept up the proselytizing of her co-workers and customers. That is why she was fired, not because she said “have a blessed day.” And as Hemant points out, this story is also almost a year old. I guess the conservative media was having a slow news week.

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  1. 1
    LightningRose

    My response:

    No, your feeble god’s name is Yeshua ben Yosef, or some such variation. “Christ” is his job title. Now get me a teller who’s not illiterate.

  2. 2
    Doc Bill

    When I worked retail there were certain people I could just tell were going to say “Have a blessed day.” Totally insincere and I don’t even know what it means. I guess it sounds churchy.

    I mean, what if Shiva blessed my day and I came home to find it filled with monkeys. What then, huh?

  3. 3
    Modusoperandi

    BUT WHAT ABOUT HER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY?!!! FREE EXERCISE?!!! ITS NOT FREEDOM FROM RELIGION!!! ETC!!!

  4. 4
    savagemutt

    I mean, what if Shiva blessed my day and I came home to find it filled with monkeys. What then, huh?

    Then you’d be the happiest person in the world. Everyone loves monkeys.

    You may need professional cleaning assistance though.

  5. 5
    matty1

    Isn’t Hanuman the one with the monkeys? Shiva has lots of arms and possibly a necklace of skulls.

  6. 6
    Squiddhartha

    Many Hindu gods have lots of arms. Necklace of skulls, you’re thinking Kali.

  7. 7
    dingojack

    Doc Bill – simple, call the Tripiṭaka Monkey Removal Service. ‘His Sutras Stop Monkey Shenanigans, Guaranteed. (Or you Karma back)’.
    ;) Dingo

  8. 8
    jefferylanam

    Some Hindus consider Hanuman an avatar of Shiva. You can’t tell the gods without a scorecard.

  9. 9
    democommie

    Maybe she can get a job at a currency exchange. I can see it now:

    “I can’t accept this money, it does not say, “In GOD we trust”, it’s demon cash!”.

    I used to work with a guy who reproved my use of “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!”, one day. I told him that I was also raised cath-o-lick (as was he) and that my religious training–which went over as well singing lessons for swine–had included that Sky Daddy got pissed when people were profane but that he and the RCC seemed especially upset when people who were not married were fucking each other like rabid mink on Viagra. He decided to go check on some back-up stock.

    “When I worked retail there were certain people I could just tell were going to say “Have a blessed day.” Totally insincere and I don’t even know what it means. I guess it sounds churchy.”

    I used to work a counter at an industrial supply and was always getting the “HowYadoin?” which wasn’t really a question. From time to time I would say, “My life fucking sucks; how your’s?”. They’d look at me and say, “What?” and I’d say, “You asked.”.

    @5:

    Be vewy, vewy careful about telling Shiva what he is. He makes YHWH look like a pisher.

  10. 10
    Crimson Clupeidae

    But where they flying monkeys?

    Last time someone said ‘have a blessed day’ to me. I smiled smugly and said I already had.

    The look of confusion and discomfort on their face was totally worth it. She clearly wanted to ask, but was also afraid of the details.

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