Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Interesting, aside from not waiting until the server had delivered all the plates and was on their way, it would not occur to me that to pray before a meal was rude. And I am not Christian! I agree that it is impolite, at best, to hold your server up while other people's food gets cold, etc.
I can't say that I've ever thought much of it when I've noticed that another table is blessing the food (or whatever you choose to call it) before eating. Them doing so is a good thing as I see it- faith is not a problem, and them doing isn't going to magically convert me or cause harm, so what's the issue? My people at my table just ignore other tables and carry on eating and conversing while those that care to do what they do at their own table continue on their merry way too. I don't see it as 'pushing their belief on me' at all.
Now, when the military has sanctioned prayers, food blessings and the like at mandatory events (I am active duty) that DOES make me a little uncomfortable as it is always a Christian blessing and I am not Christian, but I take the moment, stand quietly, and give thanks in my own way while they do so. I can't say anyone has ever cornered me/make note of the fact that I did not/do not pray with them when they do, and so long as it stays that way, live and let live. I do not hesitate to go out to dinner (or eat at the homes) with my religious friends. Everyone has a right to their faith, even if it is different from my own.