Prayer in Restaurants'

United States
June 13, 2008 6:40pm CST
I was just wondering what is your views in reference to prayer in a restaurant. I personally believe there should be more of it and it should be respected. I was out with some friends a couple wks ago and we were in the middle of prayer and had our heads bowed and our waitress didnt acknowledge that and just was asking questions on our order like it was nothing...I was very offended by this as I feel she should have bowed her head with us in prayer or walked away for a couple of moments? What is your take on this?
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@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I'm an athiest so I probably shouldn't be posting here really BUT I agree with you, you should be able to do what you wish (within reason) and have your actions respected. If I was the waitress I would have waited, as long as the prayer isn't too long, I wouldn't mind, but if it lasted more than 2 minutes I would have to take your order or make you wait a bit longer. So it's always a yin and yang kinda thing, no one can have perfection. :)
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I don't have problems with private prayer. In fact, I kind of respect those that are that dedicated to their devotions they tend to it everywhere. I just don't like when people try to make their prayer a huge public thing and involve every one as not everyone is the same religion or prays the same way. I just think it's rude. I also think it was rude of your waitress. I do not think she should have bowed her head, I feel that's rude on your behalf to think that she should pray with you. You were in a public place, not a church, no one is obligated to bow their heads. She simply should have walked away or stepped a few feet away from your table until you were finished. Even then she should have given you a few extra seconds to come out of your prayer state before approaching you and asking questions.
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@k1tten (2320)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have no problem with people praying in restaurants. You do what you want to do. I do feel she was slightly disrespectful but she may not have realized what you where doing. Shouldn't force anyone to join into prayer if they are on the job really.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
Hi wanderingrose, There seems to be different opinions on this. Some people think that those who pray aloud in Restaurants are just showing off their religion. Others like you, agree with it and would like to see more of it. I don't agree with the waitress, I think she should have remained with you and waited until you had finished praying or walked away until you were ready to order. My opinion is that if a person wishes to pray, they can do it silently, God will still hear. I have been in the company of people who prayed and I have simply went along with them and said nothing. I think it's an individual choice, but I respect either way. Blessings.
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• Canada
14 Jun 08
Your table may want to pray, the next one may not. That is the choice of the indiidual, and I can respect that. As for the waitress. I think she was ery disrespectful. She should have looked at what you were doing, before she spoke.