We've had an interesting discussion in our household this morning.
We have a fundamentalist Christian relative staying with us for the weekend. Now, let me preface this by saying he is terminally ill and I am not in a position to cause a fuss over anything he says or does, so I have spent the last couple of days painfully biting my tongue. ;-)
But, it has got us to thinking about double standards.
Yesterday, he sat down in the lounge room and rather ostentatiously drew out a Christian book and proceeded to tell us what a great read it was.
Last night he decided he wanted to go to church today, so he asked me to find out what time the service was.
This morning, I got up early, drove him to church and arranged to pick him up again when it is finished.
Back home, Mum and I got to discussing what would have been the reaction if the tables had been turned.
I turn up at my relative's Christian house and ostentatiously draw out my copy of Hitchens' "God is Not Great" and begin expounding on how wonderful it is.
Then I say, "Oh, by the way, there's an atheist meeting happening somewhere nearby tomorrow. Can you find out when and where it is for me and drop me off and pick me up?"
Of course, I would never do that - but it seems perfectly acceptable for Christians to do this in atheist households.
I must admit I did crack a little this morning when we were met at the door by a church full of smiling Christians who, when told I would not be attending, reached out their hands and started repeating, "Join us, join us, join us!" Honestly, it was creepier than the Annual Brisbane Zombie Walk! My reply, "Not in a million years!" was probably a little less than tactful, but hey, I'm human! ;-)