In a recent Reddit post, a user found himself in a complex situation concerning his wife’s family, who are all devout Mormons.
He and His Wife Left Their Religion
Having been raised Catholic, Bill had lost interest in organized religions by the time he was 17. His wife is an ex-Mormon, and this topic remains highly contentious in her family.
They Avoided Talking About Religion
To maintain peace, Bill and his wife have chosen to avoid any discussions on religion, with his wife making it clear that she would cut contact if her family attempts to convert her back to Mormonism.
His In-Laws Were Devout
Bill couldn’t help but notice some peculiarities in his in-laws’ behavior related to their faith. They take their religious beliefs extremely seriously, often displaying an air of self-righteousness that seems excessive.
They Took It Personally
Also, any criticism of Mormonism was taken personally, as if it were a direct attack on them.
The Tattoo Incident
This attitude perplexed Bill, especially when he recalled an incident involving his tattoo artist sister. Bill shared the incident where his wife had planned to get a tattoo from her, which goes against Mormon beliefs.
This decision caused a massive problem, dragging his sister into a situation she had no connection to.
The story began during a lunch outing organized by his wife’s parents. Having a beer with meals was a family tradition for Bill, but Mormons are strictly against alcohol.
He Got a Beer
As a result, he got a beer to go with his meals. However, during lunch, he sensed a shift in his in-laws’ demeanor, and they left shortly after finishing their food, giving him the cold shoulder.
Things Took a Turn
Initially, Bill didn’t think much of the situation. But later, he received a text from his father-in-law expressing disappointment at what he perceived as disrespect toward their faith during lunch.
He Lashed Out
Despite their heated exchange, Bill stood his ground, asserting that actions taken by someone who is not a Mormon should not be viewed as specific attacks on their faith.
He Shared His Thoughts
He also expressed his frustration with his father-in-law’s self-righteous attitude.
The Couple Decided to Distance Themselves
In the aftermath of the confrontation, Bill and his wife chose to distance themselves from her family to avoid further tensions. His wife found humor in Bill’s response, but it left him thinking about whether his actions were indeed disrespectful.
He Asked Reddit
So he took to Reddit to ask whether he was in the wrong, and more than two hundred comments came in saying that he was absolutely not at fault.
Respect Goes Both Ways
One Reddit user wrote, “If they don’t want to drink they don’t have to. No reason for you not to drink if you want to.”
Another Redditor commented, “Respect goes both ways, and they shouldn’t force their religious rules on you.”
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