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I find it strange that people people I come across such as contractors tell me what their religion is. I certianly don't like prosletytzing and I think I come across as religiously neuteral.

Is it common for people to introduce themselves by their name shortly followed by their religious beliefs?

People are usually more discrete about their political viewpoints.

Do people think stating their religion is a door to further dialogue?

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Comment by Chris on January 19, 2017 at 4:46am

I remain polite and have learned mostly about how Jehova's Witnesses think.  As a group from what I've heard they seem to be open about their thoughts while being humble and willing to listen to me as a non-believer.

Some religious groups seem to be less secure in their belief system.  There are a lot of Mormon missionary kids around here. When I ask them what their fundamental beliefs are they tend to be quiet.  Ron Hubbard may have taken his playbook from the Mormons when he created Scientology.

I don't know much about Seventh Day Adventists, when I ask about their beliefs I don't get much of a reply.  The little I know about Seventh Day Adventists is that they are vegans. That's good.

I tend to think every most relgious  belief structures syatems have something to offer that's benificial.

Perhaps people introduce themselves with their religious belief as a method to open a door to further dialogue.

I tend to open the door to individuals, however slam it shut politically because religion seems to have too much power in governance.  Religion tends to have too much baggage.

Maybe some people rely on lables to identify themsleves to much.

That's easy. Talking about the complicated stuff and disecting religious beliefs gets complicated and has gotten me in trouble.

Not much is creepier than hearing someone say I believe in prayer.

The Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

ReligiousTolerance.org

Has one, if not the best indebth set of essays of world religions I've seen.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 16, 2017 at 3:27pm

People who tell me their religion open a door to being told I'm an atheist.

I say it and then pause. Most of them close the door and leave. A few leave it open and we chat. When they remain polite, I do the same.

Comment by Chris on January 15, 2017 at 11:27pm

Is this common for people to say Hello, my religion is such and such, or whatever in general conversation?

I don't walk around with any religious symbology - clothing with advertizements, pendence, sports names or a  Sign saying I want to know what your superstitious beliefs are.

I find it very strange that people seem to have a need to tell me what their religious beliefs are.  I don't ask, and don't care.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is subjected to this Stephen.

Is it common?

Comment by Stephen on January 15, 2017 at 4:38am

Chris I don't know why they do it but it pisses me off big time.

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