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Questions tagged [religion]

Questions pertaining to issues of understanding, respect, or tolerance of the faith-based practices of others. It also can address issues relating to the interaction of people of different spiritualities and belief systems.

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How to politely deal with strangers who aggressively hand out religious tracts or preach to you seemingly out of nowhere?

This question is not being posted to get into a religion or freedom of speech debate, but rather present the idea that regardless of religious beliefs, aggressive and pushy behavior wrapped in the ...
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Etiquette at communion for someone who is not religious

I'm an agnostic young adult living in America A few years ago my family and I were at a Lutheran church because my cousin was becoming a pastor. Throughout the whole ceremony I did what I saw others ...
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How can I approach my bipolar brother so that he would speak with me?

My brother has a serious problem affecting all of us. Around 15 years ago, he started showing a great interest in religions and theology. He wanted to find God, the true and only God. Now after ...
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How to suggest alternative music for my children to sing at my grandmother's religious funeral?

My religious maternal grandmother passed away recently and my mother is involved in planning the services which will be held at a chapel and presided over by the religious minister. My mother just ...
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How can I communicate I need to be told specific rules that they consider Christian values?

My lease is ending and I need to find a new place to live. After moving out of my parents' place I have always lived with roommates. I am not yet able to financially afford my own place by myself. For ...
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If someone you love wants sex, should you give it to them to make them happy? [closed]

I feel stupid for asking, but I need a third party. I have recently been looking back into the religion of my youth and I've decided it's something I want in my life. This would mean a few things, ...
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How to address a double standard where my religious colleagues consider it OK to discuss religion, but then ask me not to?

I'm working in a small office of about ten employees, all of whom are religious apart from myself. Although I'm open about my atheism and write about it on my blog, I am careful not to discuss ...
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How to help/advise a separated couple find an agreeable solution that does the least harm to their child during their turmoil?

I suppose this might be a tough one, but this community has proven to be able to come up with good answers far beyond my imagination, so I'll give it a try. The Problem Bob and Alice have been ...
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How to deal with someone who always feels treated disrespectfully?

I already asked this question before, and it was deleted for being off-topic (also because I did not check back for too long, and thus was unable to adjust my post according to the comments / the ...
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Saying “No” to my brother's demand without causing an argument

Bit of background on my relationship with my brother: ever since my teenage years, I could not bear him. I know it is common for siblings to have arguments and misunderstandings, and that's been the ...
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Tact and Diplomacy when speaking about religious beliefs

Disclaimer: I hope I am not offending anyone's religious beliefs We all face tough times and abnormal situations. Now, I asked God to come into our lives and fix our problems. Really, I don't know ...
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How can I encourage discussion of sensitive topics with my girlfriend?

Background I have been dating my girlfriend for about three months. We are both in our mid 20s, grew up in the mid-western United States, and now live in New York City. She has defined boundaries for ...
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How to peacefuly deal with a loud religious group

This problem mostly has to do with me and my family against another religious group. About a month ago a Pentecostal "church" opened about a mile from our house. We live in Uganda, a very ...
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How do I tell my mother that I'm an atheist?

I live with my mother, my grandmother and my cousin, who is also an atheist. I've had a feeling for a couple of years that I should let my mother and my family know that I no longer believe in God, ...
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How do I get someone to call me by the name I prefer?

Let's say my name is Fred. My family and friends call me that and when I introduce myself I use that name. Well, of course you can imagine that I'm registered as Frederick, but nobody calls me that. I ...
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How do I communicate with someone who addresses me in a more meaningful way than I'm comfortable with?

Lately, I've been going to a Middle Eastern restaurant a lot for dinner - the employees and customers are mostly Muslim and speak Arabic, while I speak only English and am not Muslim (not really ...
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How do I tell my parents “I don't want to go to church” over the holidays?

This is a little bit of a complicated problem. My mom and dad are both Catholic, and they have a tradition - every Easter and Christmas, they take the immediate family (themselves, me, and my sister) ...
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Best way to give coworker chance to share personal (religious) information with me that I already heard from someone else?

This is my first holiday season at my current company. I recently noticed that one of my team members, 'Alice', wasn't coming to any of the work sponsored events. When I asked a coworker, they ...
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How to have a religious discussion with someone when you're not religious? [closed]

I grew up in a very Catholic household. I'm agnostic now, but those closest to me believe in God, and I respect that. I have a friend who I'm very close to who is also very Christian. We haven't ...
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How to talk to my wife regarding educating children about religion?

I was raised Roman Catholic, however I don't really follow any organized religion. I have my own beliefs regarding Deity, but don't attend a recognized (or unrecognized for that matter) religious ...
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How to deal with highly superstitious and religious parents?

Here's my situation : I'm 16, I live with my parents. My parents are somewhat religious. That's completely fine with me, despite the fact that I am an agnostic atheist. My mother however, is ...
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How do I politely let a professor know she has offended me? [closed]

I am very seriously religious, but never mention it to others because I notice it makes them uncomfortable. Plus, I don't want anyone to feel that I am telling them my beliefs are more right than ...
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How do you avoid conflict with zealots?

I've been dealing with a rather uncomfortable situation for the last few days... To understand it best it's probably better to start from the beginning. I was raised in a very traditional, but rather ...
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How to explain/suggest epistemological incapability [closed]

Using the idea from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” how do you suggest a problem is a result of someone’s incapability to view the idea the same way you do, when they currently haven’t observed the ...
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How to ask someone to stop playing music without sounding religious? [duplicate]

Background Music is one of those things which are declared Haram (unlawful) by Islam, yet there are a lot of people here (and in other Islamic countries) who listen to it. So Music isn't considered a ...
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How to deal with a religious relative who keeps assuming that I am similarly religious?

I know a very similar question was asked only recently by @Bradley Wilson, and another similar question was asked by @Beofett over a week ago, but the specific situation and also the cultural context ...
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How to tell my friend I don't want to talk religion every chance he gets?

A close friend of mine has converted to Buddhism (a few months back), he's obviously very excited about the revelation he is having in his life (and it's a highly positive change). My feelings about ...
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What is the most respectful way to respond when invited into a prayer circle or other religious activity I don't believe in?

I live in a part of the United States where Christians are a strong majority. I frequently find myself in social situations that involve everyone being asked to join in prayer. I'm not religious, ...
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How to tell a non-muslim friend that “Inter-faith Marriage not gonna work”?

I had a pretty religious (Christian) friend from the UK (of the same age as me - late 20's) and we often used to talk about Quran and Gospel (she had knowledge of both and so did I) and it leads to ...
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How to tactfully ask if someone is from the same ethno-religious group as I am?

I am an ethnic and religious member of a certain ethno-religious group. (You can probably guess which one, but I thought the question might be broad enough to apply to other ethnic/religious groups ...
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My best friend has become increasingly xenophobic towards Muslims. What do I do?

My best friend (let's call him Bob for potential answerers) whom I have been friends with since childhood (around 15 years) has become increasingly xenophobic recently. He's a great person and ...
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How can I decline or redirect a religiously-objectionable community-service project without alienating people?

My large, international employer supports employees volunteering in our local communities, even allowing us to spend a certain amount of work time on such projects. My local office of about a dozen ...
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How to tell friends something goes against my religion?

I am currently in middle school, and as many of you know, profanity is thrown around in middle school like clothes in a dryer. My religion prohibits me from being profane, how can I tell my friends ...
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Is it impolite to not use a religious honorific when speaking to a religious leader?

There are occasions when I have discussions with religious leaders (clergy and otherwise) of various faith groups. Titles such as reverend and rabbi, are generally applied to such individuals. My ...
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How does one show respect when others pray?

If one is invited to a friend's or colleague's home for a meal, and they stop to pray before eating, it is generally accepted that as a guest you show a quiet respect to their action, even if not ...
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How to discourage missionaries?

There is a knock on the door, I answer it to find a missionary who wants to teach me about the "one true religion". It is obvious very early that we have differing views about what the real "one true ...