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#1 Jul 01 2007 at 8:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ok, so I have an anecdote to recount. But to make it more interesting, I'm pulling a Tarantino or a Dane Cook and I've given you the punchline first. Now let's travel back, back to the beginning of the story, so that you'll understand why I threw a bible at her.

I work in a bookstore. Books-A-Million. If you're fortunate enough to live in a location where B-A-M has not metastasized, basically it's the K-Mart of bookstores (cheap, ghetto and not at all fun) whereas Borders is the Target (overpriced but hip and trendy) and Barnes & Noble is the Wal-Mart (everywhere, literally everywhere). Not only do I work at Books-A-Million in a soul-leeching job as a part-time clerk, but I live in Georgia. Conservative "Middle Georgia". And today was Sunday, and I had to work today.

So I'm up at the store drinking a cup of coffee and straightening books when the "her" from the topic title came in. Weighing in at approximately 240 lbs, she was an impressive specimen of good, church-going, God-fearing woman. She had the prerequisite huge black hat and the gaudy faux pearls and the "dear god, what did they use for the stitching?" dress. And she wanted a bible.

"Welcome to Books-A-Million, can I help you find anything today?" I asked, smiling to belie my abject hatred of my current role in life.

"I need a bible. I want one that's in extra large print, with a leather binding, and it needs to be an NIV version. I want the words of Christ our Lord God In Heaven in red, and I want index tabs up the side of it to mark the books."

After trying for a moment to wrap my head around exactly what it was she wanted, I attempted to use our primitive computer system to see if we had any such bibles. As the infernal beast (the PC, not the woman) did its work, I attempted to engage my customer in polite conversation.

"Just coming in from church?" I asked.

"Oh yes, Reverend gave a WONDERFUL sermon on the evils of the sin of homosexuality."

"Oh. I see... Let's see if we have that bible for you."

I then escorted her to the section of the store where we keep the two-toned leather-bound modern translation bibles for the blind. As we're walking to the ridiculously oversized Christian section, she regales me with choice samples of her minister's sermon. I nod politely and grunt in the affirmative from time to time, trying desperately to drown out the cow by focusing on the bad classical music being piped in and played overhead.

I began searching the bible shelves for anything labelled "Extra Large Print" or "Gargantuan Print" or the like, still just vaguely listening to my customer. I think it was at this point that she realized I'd more or less tuned her out. She looked at me, then at my name badge.

"Jason, you aren't a homosexual are you?"

What was I to say? That's not the kind of thing that often comes up at work, and I didn't want to offend my customer (more on the grounds that, as much as I hate my job, I still need the income; the ***** had already offended me as it was).

"Ma'am, I really would rather not answer that question. I don't think that's the kind of thing to be discussed at work. Now here are a few bibles that I think might..."

She interrupted me by putting her giant, meaty hand on my shoulder. "Oh Jason, say you aren't a heathen homosexual. Do you not know what God has to say about ********* In the book of blah blah in the gospel of blah..."

"Ma'am, I really don't want to discuss this with you. My sexual orientation is my decision and my business, not yours. Yes, I'm ***. And that's not likely to change no matter what you say, so I would appreciate it if we could drop the issue now. I'd be happy to resume helping you find a bible, or if you aren't comfortable working with me I can get another associate."

Of course, she didn't hear a word I'd said after I'd admitted to being ***. "Oh God in Heaven, please bless this young man and save him from evil and temptation. Jason here is a good soul and he has lost the light of Your way, he longs to walk Your path and...."

Now she was praying for me. In the middle of the bookstore. Holding my shoulder and doing that ridiculous swaying thing that fat women tend to do when they pray.

"Ma'am!" I yelped as I pulled away from her. "I really don't appreciate that. My sexual orientation NOT your concern, and I don't give a **** what the bible has to say about it either. I am done here, if you need any more help you'll have to find another employee." I turned to walk off.

She grabbed my shoulder from behind as I was walking away and resumed praying. "Lord Jesus, sweet savior of souls, bless this young man and lead him back to..."

I whirled around, still clutching the bible I'd pulled off the shelf, the New International Version with the leather binding and the giant print. "THAT IS ENOUGH!" I shouted. "You can take your religious babbling nonsense and get out of this store right now!"

And then I threw a bible at her. Somehow, surely by the grace of her God, I managed to miss her girth and it hit the floor instead. She shrieked and went waddling down the aisle to the front door at a blistering, break-neck amble.

Somehow, I still have my crappy job. If it were a good job, I'm sure I'd be unemployed right now. But it's a job I hate, so of course not even hurling merchandise at customers can get me fired. Obviously, there is a god. And obviously, he does hate ****. =(
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#2 Jul 01 2007 at 8:54 PM Rating: Good
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So, is this the new Saturday Night Live animated sketch? *** Gbaji?
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#3 Jul 01 2007 at 8:56 PM Rating: Good
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MoebiusLord the Irrelevant wrote:
So, is this the new Saturday Night Live animated sketch? *** Gbaji?


*** Gbaji, that's utterly terrifying. Sorry Moe, I know your people don't want to claim him, but you had him first. You're not going to ninja him off on us.

Also, I know I've been busy lately and haven't been around much, but what the **** is with your sig? That's one of those universe-destroying paradoxes, like *** Gbaji or White Totem or Homely Flea. It's just wrong. It hurts my eyes.

Edited, Jul 2nd 2007 12:57am by Saboruto
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#4 Jul 01 2007 at 8:58 PM Rating: Decent
Ok, I gotta give ya props for that bud. I would guess it's enough of a pain in the *** dealing with homophobic people on a daily basis as it is but to have some religious zealot assault you with their belief in your place of business because of your personal preference had to be hard.

While I don't know that I would have reacted as you did, I think every person who has to deal with one of these zealous types for whatever reason secretly wishes they could do exactly that. ****, I have 2 ladies who seem to have this belief that I am interested in converting over to their faith and show up at my house every Sunday expecting me to invite them in, even though I tell them every week politely that I am just NOT interested and thank you. And every week they try to push this Watchtower magazine on me, convinced that they can "save me" from whatever they think my malfunction is. I'm about ready to tell them I am a follower of Set just to freak them out...

I don't mind religion or faith, but ffs, if someone tells you they are not interested or do not believe as you do, leave them the **** alone and stop pushing your views on them already. If they were really that interested in it, they probably would have told you or invited you to continue your ranting but since they didn't, go the **** away and leave them alone, m'kay?
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#5 Jul 01 2007 at 8:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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I worked in a barnes and noble during college in prescott, AZ. As you may or may not know, prescott is a hotbed for fundamentalist christians AND new age spiritualists. I.E. The wackjobs that think Tim Lehey is the next best thing to some sort of prophet, and or the ones that read that psychic silvia brown crap and think that shoving a crystal up your left nostril will cure ailments.

So one time I was in the store, and this lady comes in. I swear she was either high on something, or insane. She wandered around the store for a good 2 hours before she decided to pick a staff person and talk them to death. I unfortunatly got picked. It literally got so bad that I was wandering around the store clearing up shelves and restocking items completly ignoring her after about a half hour of her babbling. She finally left, and apperently my manager at the time had encountered her before because she actually thanked me for keeping the crazy one occupied and away from the paying customers.

I definitly would have thrown a book at the crazy lady though if I thought i could have gotten away with it.

I did drop an entire stack of Dianne Giabaldon hardcovers on my foot once. I don't think that counts though.
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#6 Jul 01 2007 at 9:05 PM Rating: Good
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What is it about working in bookstores? >_<
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#7 Jul 01 2007 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
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It's really too bad you missed.
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#8 Jul 02 2007 at 2:57 AM Rating: Good
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We've missed you Sabo!
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Good on you for standing up to her, sucks it had to come to that though. Is it that hard for people to just clam up and mind their own business?

Now you just have to work on your aim, she'll be back with some church friends.
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#10 Jul 02 2007 at 4:00 AM Rating: Good
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Pffft, those nutty Christians. Good to see you, Sabo.
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#11 Jul 02 2007 at 4:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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she was that large and you missed her???
Truly, props to you for being level headed enough to hold out for as long as you did. The moment she grabbed your shoulder, if it were me, I would have had no hesitation throwing her large, sweaty paws off the merchandise, so to speak.And yes, good to see you back, Sabo.
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#12 Jul 02 2007 at 4:40 AM Rating: Good
That sucks man, you handled it rather well overall. Hopefully the next time you encounter someone like that you'll get fired like you wanted...or something like that.

Nice to see you're back by the way.
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#13 Jul 02 2007 at 4:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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she was that large and you missed her???


Bah, everyone knows **** suck at sports.

He would have been better off giving her a REALLY tragic haircut.

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#14 Jul 02 2007 at 4:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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We've missed you Sabo!


Indeed! As for this:

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*** Gbaji, that's utterly terrifying. Sorry Moe, I know your people don't want to claim him, but you had him first. You're not going to ninja him off on us.


I heard almost the same thing from a *** friend about Tom Cruise. We were discussing the burning "Will he ever come out of the closet?" question.
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#15 Jul 02 2007 at 5:22 AM Rating: Decent
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you should have hit on her. whould have stoped her in her tracks.......or gotten you a stalker. hehehe

looked her in the eyes, and say something like "God has surely blessed you with the most stunning eyes ever given to women, and your body is singing to me spirituially." "please, place your hand not just upon my sholder, the passion flowing from it is setting the rest of my body on fire...."

two things might have happened. she would "pretend" to be insulted and winked at you on the way out the door and bought books there every sunday for the rest of her life, or, she would have thrown you to the floor right then and screwed you to within an inch of your life.

its a win win. either your boss is happy and gives you a raise, or you finally get to poke something that doesnt have teeth in it or smell like a sewer when your done.

silly ******. crap is for toliets, not loving.
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#16 Jul 02 2007 at 5:55 AM Rating: Good
Problem is, the whole idea of modern religion (mostly Christian-based religions) is a double-edged sword for those who aren't of the faith. If you're not of the faith, you need to be saved, and if you ask politely that you'd rather not discuss the issue for whatever reason, that just means that you're further under the influence of evil's power. And, of course, needing to be saved even more.

People like the one you encountered usually just need to be brushed off with a simple, "Gee, you're right," and move along. There's simply no point in wasting your energy trying to convince them otherwise. As much as you don't want to hear what they have to say about what their book says, they don't want to hear what you have to say about your personal beliefs. Everyone goes into the argument already having a solid belief structure that they won't bend for anything, so there's really no point in trying.

Such a crazy world we're living in.

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#17 Jul 02 2007 at 5:57 AM Rating: Good
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Nah, everyone should just mind their own fucking business.
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Sabo! I'm sorry you had to put up with trash like her. I think I would have been sorely tempted to turn around when she grabbed your shoulder and tell her, "You realize it's contagious, right?".


On a better note. I'm glad to see you back! We've missed you!
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#19 Jul 02 2007 at 6:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sabo! I'm sorry you had to put up with trash like her. I think I would have been sorely tempted to turn around when she grabbed your shoulder and tell her, "You realize it's contagious, right?".


On a better note. I'm glad to see you back! We've missed you!


Or hiss at her, "Join us. You will, you know. It's only a matter of time...."
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#20 Jul 02 2007 at 7:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Sabo! I'm sorry you had to put up with trash like her. I think I would have been sorely tempted to turn around when she grabbed your shoulder and tell her, "You realize it's contagious, right?".


On a better note. I'm glad to see you back! We've missed you!


Or hiss at her, "Join us. You will, you know. It's only a matter of time...."


LOL
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Perhaps it is the fact that you throw like a sissy, I am sure tonnes of fun is more likely to attribute your inability to hit the broadside of a barn on divine favour.
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#22 Jul 02 2007 at 7:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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I come from a very religious background. I have attended seminary and was, at one point, an ordained minister ("at one point" indicating yeah, not any more. Long story I will save for another day). I know enough about the Bible, religion in general and the Christian faith specifically to argue the valid points on either side of most religious discussions with ease.

The basic problem you run in to with "Christians" is that they really and truly have no idea what it is that their religion teaches. Sure, most of them can tell you in very rough paraphrase what the 10 commandments are, and if you ask them to tell you the articles of faith they can muddle through them, but getting past the store-front window display assertions of dogmatic tradition is really a very tough ordeal.

Most "Christians" cling to Levitical law like a security blanket even though it was their savior himself who said let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone. They pick out their little tidbits about the minutia of legalism with such a self-righteous fervor that one could only draw the conclusion that their are a whole host of perfect people in the world. Their idea of conversion is Holy Roman in nature, and they completely miss the fact that their ideas for state controls over issues of morality gives them more in common with fundamentalist Muslim terror states than they could possibly imagine.

That you happen to live in the section of America that would certainly produce the most zealous "Christian" suicide bombers is unfortunate. That you have to deal with such people in daily life is unfortunate. Just remember, though, that you will never be free of small-minded ignorance, from any side. If I'm wrong, correct me please (though I'm not, and protesting won't change that), but I would be willing to bet you look on her and her beliefs with almost as much disdain as she looks on you and your sexual orientation. You and your friends have likely laughed at "Christians" and the re-f'ucking-tarded things that they say from time to time, wondering to yourselves how someone could be so delusional or completely misguided. You probably have the good sense not to grab their shoulders and perform the *** Prayer of Conversion©, but making them the **** of a joke is probably not beyond believability.

We're all prejudiced. We're all jaundiced by whatever it is we believe in, and as tolerant as some of us like to pretend we are, all of us have people who we belittle and look down on or worse in the quiet sanctuary of our own homes. All I'm saying is hate the ***** because she has a lousy sense of acceptable public behavior, not for her beliefs.
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#23 Jul 02 2007 at 7:33 AM Rating: Good
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Sabo! Don't wait for another Bible-throwing incident to come visit. How are the weddinig plans?
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Some good stuff.


I had no idea that you were ordained, what made you give up the cloth?
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I had no idea that you were ordained, what made you give up the cloth?

Long story, but I didn't. My post, my usual rants against the individual and collective ignorance of church-goers and churches themselves along with a hint that I may have been outspoken regarding the bastardization of the message and Pavlovian attention to dogmatic tradition without regard to the intent of Christ in his teachings (regardless of how you view his divinity) may go some distance to suggesting why the ordaining church may have rescinded my ordination.
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