A few years ago, I took a Cultural Identity class (required) that was based on religions. The point of the class was to explore one's religious identity and compare it to others while urging tolerance. It was not an easy class for me because I was the only non-believer in the midst of quite a few clerics (including the professor). Needless to say, I got into quite a few heated debates.
Back to the point: The final consisted of interviewing someone outside of the student's religion before attending their church in order to interview members of the fold. Knowing that everyone at my doctor's office was religious (from the bibles, plagues, and such displayed), I asked one of the office staff if she would participate. This was after asking around five others but finding that they didn't attend church.
She accepted, acting thrilled and letting me know to bring my appetite since I would be invited to Sunday feast. I sent her the questions after getting them approved by my professor. The questions had to be specific, asking her about her opinion regarding other religions. I didn't phrase them with Atheists in mind. One of the questions was something like 'If a Muslim attended your church, would they be welcome?'.
Keep in mind that this class was about three years ago. I didn't receive a reply. No answers were forthcoming so I had to fall back on plan B. Of course, I didn't attend her church but I did (and still do) see her when I have to go to the doctor. Since that's every three months (blood work due to thyroid issue), it wasn't long after her failure to respond that I was back in their office.
I didn't point out her lack of response. I acted like we'd never set it up. Upon seeing me, she did a double-take with a sour expression so I know that she didn't approve of my questions. I ignored this. To this day, a wall seems to slam over the entire office's expression (including my doctor) when we have to visit them. Surrounded by all their religious paraphernalia, you'd think that professionalism would trump their personal opinions.
As my husband puts it; Are they secure in their beliefs? If they are, why preach so much? And why deem us a threat? After all, bias, prejudice, ignorance, etc. shouldn't be found in a doctor's office. They should treat all patients equally. I have discovered a deaf ear when it comes to my doctor. I recently had to go and ask that they increase the dosage of a non-addictive med for restless leg problems.
He made noise like it was okay. When I picked up the script, the dosage was cut in half with instructions to take it twice a day. That's not what was discussed within the office and this isn't the first time that communication inside the office didn't transfer.
Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of finding another doctor that lacks heavy religion.
So...what are your thoughts on this? Has anyone experienced intolerance from a professional which may have an impact on their health?