He Wanted a Beer While Dining With His Religious In-Laws, but When They Took Offense, He Told Them About Themselves

A man recently asked for some advice about an awkward situation that took place after he and his wife went to dinner with her parents. Here’s what happened.

They Were Mormons

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The man’s wife’s family were all Mormons, but his wife had decided she no longer wanted to be part of the religion for various reasons.

He Was Catholic

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The man himself had been raised a Catholic but said, “I pretty much lost interest in most organized religions by the time I was 17.”

They Didn’t Do Religion

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The man and his wife had told her parents that they wouldn’t talk about religion when they met up. In fact, his wife said that if they tried, she’d cut off contact with them.

They Had Lots of Beliefs

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The man felt his in-laws had a lot of strange beliefs, not because they were Mormon but because of how seriously they took their religion.

It Was All Very Personal

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One thing that made the man uncomfortable was just how personally his in-laws took any comments about their religion. He said, “They take their faith way too seriously, acting far too self-righteous for their own good, and they seem to take any criticism of Mormonism way too personally.”

There Was a Big Argument About a Tattoo

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When the man’s wife wanted to get a tattoo from his sister, a professional tattoo artist, her parents took it as a personal slight, and it caused a huge argument.

They Went to Dinner

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The man’s in-laws invited him and his wife out to dinner as usual. They usually met twice a month.

He Ordered a Beer

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Although drinking alcohol is forbidden in Mormonism, the man decided to order a beer to have with his lunch. He and his wife always paid for their share of the meal, so he didn’t see a problem.

They Didn’t Speak to Him

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He got his drink and sat down at the table, but he could sense a chill in the air, and no one was talking to him. In fact, once the meal was over, his in-laws left without saying a word.

He Got a Text

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Later that day, the man heard from his father-in-law: “I got a text from my father-in-law saying he’s super disappointed I would disrespect them and their faith like that at lunch.”

He Was Confused

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The man asked for clarification, which led to an argument where the father-in-law implied that he thought the man had ordered the beer solely to make him and his wife feel uncomfortable.

He Told Him What He Really Thought

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Angry at being accused in this way, the man told his father-in-law what he thought about how he treated anyone who wasn’t a Mormon, explaining that there was nothing personal about it.

His Wife Laughed

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When she found out what had happened, the man’s wife laughed, but he was worried he’d gone too far, not to mention the fact that his in-laws were no longer speaking to him.

Was He Wrong?

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Was the man wrong to order a beer at lunch with his Mormon in-laws, or should it not matter?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “Respect goes both ways, and they shouldn’t force their religious rules on you.”

Another commented, “Their faith forbids them from drinking. Great. It does not forbid you from drinking.”

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