Post # 47
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: You have a drop down list for all the Christian branches? That sounds exhausting! Are you coding them back into smaller categories? Right now, we code back all the “other-specifies” that fall into one of the answer options.
People always find something to be upset about. Are you asking race? That is another one that gets people upset. “Martian” “Human”, “American” are all responses that I have seen. My favorite is “This should not matter!” Well, guess what? If you ask people about their perceptions and opinions on things like, I don’t know, diversity at a specific place, then you will on average get different perceptions from people of different racial backgrounds. And if there is no difference in opinion, then that is valuable information as well. We are not trying to discriminate people, we just want to know what people think!
End of rant and sorry for OT!
Post # 48
@AprilJo2011: We’re part of a consortium that asks that question on a shared form, but we don’t download the answer because it’s not a factor for us. Our system has room for the answers to be saved and it does have a table. I haven’t scrutainized the table in a few years, but if it doesn’t have every answer, we could tie a few answers from the form to the same code in our system.
Have you seen the government’s way of asking about ethnicity and race? It’s a two part question with the first being “Are you hispanic or latino?” The second then lists caucasian, asian, etc. It causes a lot of confusion.
Post # 49
@runsyellowlites: Religion is made-made if you are a Protestant. Jesus and the apostles started the Catholic Church. Martin Luther and others broke off (thus protest-ant) because they couldn’t / wouldn’t follow the rules of the Church! Maybe you should study some history with your scripture. Scripture is interpreted by many in many different ways. Often to their own needs. I have nothing against Protestants, Jews, etc. but I do feel offended when you call my church non-Christian or man-made.
Post # 50
@Corilee13: Um, wow. Sorry she was so mean to you…
I didn’t “grow up” in a Catholic Church. My parents only took us on holidays, and I never had my first communion. I felt like an oddball, being seven years older than the kids in my sunday school class because I hadn’t had the communion earlier. Then my mom started taking us to a Methodist church because she felt more comfortable there. I liked the youth group setting. Then, fast forward to a few years, and I move in with my dad. We attend a Baptist church. They were a little left field for Baptists though, and I honestly didn’t know they were Baptists until the preacher told me so. Well, the only reason I left that church was because I moved. I really loved it there. I am now a member at a Non-Denominational church, and the “family” has been such a blessing. My family would think they were hokey, or old fashioned because of the hymns and how small we are… but I love it. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Just like you like the way Catholic masses are held, doesn’t mean you believe in a different God than Christians. I think it’s sad that there’s so much infighting.
ANYWAY, the point is, she shouldn’t have been so hard on you, but it makes sense, given the history of the church she was a part of. I’ll pray for you, but I think things will work out on their own. I’m glad you found a place you feel comfortable in! Good luck!
ETA: Just read a few more replies. I do think it’s odd that people think Catholiscism is not Christianity… *facepalm* We all believe that Christ died for our sins, we just have different traditions, or ways to worship. That doesn’t mean that Baptists are psycho or that Catholics are uptight. 🙁