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    The Devil You Know

    | New York, USA | Religion, Top

    (I am getting ready to wash a resident’s open wound. While I am putting on my gloves, the resident sees that I am wearing a ring that marks me as a member of a certain Christian sect. It is a sect that many other Christians do not consider to be Christian, and there is a fair bit of prejudice towards us.)

    Resident: “Is there anyone else who could do this?”

    Me: “[Coworker] is the only other person on the unit today qualified to do this. Is something wrong?”

    Resident: “Your ring. I don’t want to be touched by one of you demons. You’re a sex-crazed cult.”

    Me: “I am sorry you feel that way, ma’am. If you’re uncomfortable with me, I can certainly get [coworker].”

    Resident: “I’m so glad you’re here. Her lifestyle is just so sex-crazed and evil. It’s frankly un-Christian!”

    Coworker: “You do know that she is a virgin who has never smoked or drank in her life and carries a picture of Christ in her wallet, right?”

    Resident: *speechless*

    Coworker: “Oh, and one more thing. I’m an atheist, I live with a man I’m not married to, and I have three kids.”