I am not sure how to handle this situation, there is a gentleman who attends my church who has some REAL protestant baggage.
He likes to corner me during the coffee hour and rave on and on about WHY he left the Presbyterian church because "they were oh so liberal and treated church like a country club... The minister was cheating on his wife with 2 different parishioners.. blah blah blah... Then he raves on about how Rush Limbaugh is the best thing since sliced bread.... and how the Orthodox church is the answer to conservative America.... He also doesn't like that the Orthodox church doesn't "at least have an organ for the choir".
What nearly pushed me over the edge was his story about his new wife and family. His wife is Russian (Mail order- No kidding he admitted to this) He informed me that it makes him angry that her two children "don't speak American" in the house. And how he only wants "American" spoken at home because they know "American" and by golly they should speak it.
I do a lot of smiling, nodding and "uh huh-ing" I really want to say..
"Obviously you had a bad a experience with the Presbyterian church, please reconcile that before you "go shopping" for something else. Secondly, the Orthodox church is not free of contraversy. You will find bad priests and greedy parishioners too. It happens unfortunatley. May I add that not everyone who is conservative likes or agrees with Rush Limbaugh, He's a PIG! Finally, you should have respect for your new wife and her sons and allow them to speak thier native language as well as English!" You have baggage! Check it please!
I have thought about saying something to the priest, but I don't want to be a "tattle tale" or make me seem petty. Everyone else in the parish just oozes with love for this man and thinks he's just WONDERFUL.
I don't. I was fine with him when he spouted about the presbyterian church but I can't handle xenophobia.
Should I say something.. nicer than my stream of conciousness rant above of course. or Let it go?
Sorry about the rant :- It takes a great deal to push me to the anger stage, he did it.