(1000+ posts) Sat Dec-25-10 08:50 AM
Original message I don't get REALLY upset often...BUT
yesterday, Christmas Eve, a conversation took place in my presence which was just so awful, so gut-wrenchingly, head-shakingly, viscerally mangling, that even I, the cynic, can't really get past it. This comes on the heels of the conversation I had with the Teabagger which I posted the other day.
A young lady came to see me professionally - she's about 22 and extremely sweet and charming African-American gal, whom I've known since she was a toddler. One of my employees, also AA and who's been with me for over 20 years, said, "Merry Christmas" to the young lady on her way out. The patient replied, "You know I don't celebrate Christmas." Now I must add that many times, my staff have 'private' conversations with patients about personal matters or families which are connected in the neighborhood or church or whatever, so it did not surprise me that my staff member might know something which I did not. So my employee asked, "Are yo a Jehovah's Witness?" And the reply was, "No, I became a Muslim. My mother curses my religion." My staff member replied, "Well, I love your mother. You need to come back to Christianity. All roads lead to Jesus."
The young lady was a bit taken aback at this...so I leaned over to her when we were alone and said, "Don't you ever let anyone tell you what religion you 'need' to believe in. And I apologize if you're upset. And you know what? I'm Jewish, and as far as I'm concerned, I'm not on any path to Jesus - now or ever." she seemed appreciative...