I know exactly how you feel.
I work with an Orthodox woman. I was so thrilled when her "lab" joined ours. Now I had an Orthodox girl to befriend. What joy! What fun!
Oh my gosh! Sadly she is Orthodox in name only. ....and what's worse, she advertises very proudly that she's Orthodox.
She only goes to church for weddings and baptisms...and she's the godmother over and over and over. Her church is Old-calendar, however, while she tells everyone it's her Christmas....she doesn't take the day off. She doesn't want to waste her vacation time.
I visited her church for vespers and then when I asked her something about the priest...she didn't even know his name. When any theological topic comes up she never explains the Orthodox view, but, whatever is in fad at the moment. The world is ending 2012, because apparently the Aztec were always dead on and they knew the future....and aliens inhabited the planet....and....
She is always off at the casinos. She and her friends go to Canada to gamble and hit the strip joints. She comes back in to work and you get hear about their exploits....very explicitly. Her language is always F this and F that, and everyone and everything can go to H - worse than any sailor! It's just terrible. She's got 2 kids in college and yet she acts like a teenager herself.
The folks who work with her have to tolerate her, but, those who don't deal with her daily, just scowl when they hear her name and roll their eyes. She's a bad emissary for Orthodoxy. I wish she wouldn't tell everyone she's Orthodox....because then they think Orthodoxy is very lax and permits all this bad behavior. Even during Great Lent...she'll say that it's Lent....but, it's stupid...with all those restrictions and she doesn't feel the need to follow it.
Unfortunately, I was moved to her lab this week and for the next two. I have been "biting" my tongue this whole week.....I soooo want to say something....but, like others have said, it would be pointless.
Last time I worked in this lab, I had to go out and purchase an iPod in order to plug up my ears and not listen to the foul language. The iPod has been sitting in a drawer for months, and now that I am here, it again is getting a work out!
What's to be done? Cannot change the world....and it's work...you can't truly speak your mind.
I dread getting up in the morning and going in to the office. 2 weeks and 2 days left before I return to my own lab.
When I found out Friday that I would be working with her for the next 3 weeks, I cried the whole way home. Please pray for me that I don't say something stupid!