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Old 03-22-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm wondering what a "good" response is when asked in the Bible Belt: "What church do you go to?" When I mention a "good" response, I'm thinking that I would not like to offend the person asking the question. I am not a religious person at all, and in some situations, non-religious folks find themselves living or working or socializing with more religious folks. So, I'm wondering what a "good" response is, one that doesn't project any put-down or negativity of someone else's beliefs. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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Tell them it's a personal matter. In some parts of the US it's considered rude to ask about religious affiliation.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:27 AM
 
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Tell them it's a personal matter. In some parts of the US it's considered rude to ask about religious affiliation.
In South Africa it is not rude to ask "What church do you attentand?"

But, if you really dont know the person's regilion, then I would say, keep qiuet
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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Why don't you just say, "I really don't like to talk about religion b/c it's a personal choice. I hope you respect my wishes"
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Why don't you just say, "I really don't like to talk about religion b/c it's a personal choice. I hope you respect my wishes"
This is good option. In some areas in the US, it's a common question, What church do you attend? My preference is not to offend the questioner, since it may be part of the culture in some parts of the US and an invitation to be social. I like the idea of saying that I really don't talk about religion...
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Tell them you attend the church of the local grocery store. Or, maybe there is a bus stop at the corner of Peace & Quiet?
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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I'm wondering what a "good" response is when asked in the Bible Belt: "What church do you go to?" When I mention a "good" response, I'm thinking that I would not like to offend the person asking the question. I am not a religious person at all, and in some situations, non-religious folks find themselves living or working or socializing with more religious folks. So, I'm wondering what a "good" response is, one that doesn't project any put-down or negativity of someone else's beliefs. Any thoughts?

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Try telling them the truth. I used to live in the Bible Belt, and I was rabidly atheistic at the time. When people asked me where I went to church, I simply said, "I don't go to church", and changed the subject. Most people weren't offended. And the ones that were, I didn't care to know anyways. I just put it as a flat fact, no commentary included or intended.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Texas and I think I can count on one hand the number of times someone has asked me which church I go to.
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