Religious Freedom Is Great If You’re The One Persecuting

, , , , , | Right | October 31, 2018

(I am working at a Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch the week before Halloween. Since it is almost Halloween, people were wearing costumes.)

Attendee: *walks up to ticket booth and help center* “Excuse me, young lady. There’s a woman near the hayride that is wearing an extremely inappropriate costume.”

Me: “Okay, I’ll go check that out right away.”

(I walk over to the hayride with the man and don’t see anything “inappropriate.”)

Me: “Sir, all I see are people in costumes enjoying the Festival.”

Attendee: “No, look! By the hayride entrance!”

(I look over to the entrance and still don’t see anything.)

Me: “Sir, I have literally no idea what you’re talking about.”

Attendee: “Look! That girl over there!”

(I look over and see a teenage girl in a Demon/Devil costume talking to another girl.)

Me: “The one in the Devil costume? What’s wrong with her?”

Attendee: “She’s clearly a satanic worshipper!” *points to a preteen girl and a young boy* “My children are being raised in a Christian family, and they can’t be exposed to people like that!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but that’s just a costume. She paid to come here, so I can’t ask her to leave just because one person is offended by her costume.”

Attendee: “Whatever. You’re probably a satanic worshipper, too! What happened to religious freedom?!” *storms off while grumbling*

(A few minutes later, I see him at the petting zoo and walk up to him.)

Me: “Excuse me, sir, but religious freedom does not include making false assumptions about others’ religions. Also, I’m an atheist.”

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