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Posted by: pollythinks ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 02:55PM

I usually put N/A, or 'Christian'.

(It is certain I am not going to put 'Mormon'.)

How about you?

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Posted by: cinda ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 02:57PM

I used to put 'Protestant' but now I put 'none'.

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Posted by: janis ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 03:00PM


Especially if i'm going into a hospital. I make sure they know that I don't want any religious nuts walking into my room.

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Posted by: scmd not logged in ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 03:13PM

I put Hare Krishna.

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 03:22PM

I think I put Unitarian on a hospital form decades ago. Then when I was admitted years later a steely-eyed holy roller pastor barged into my room and demanded to pray for me. Perhaps she didn't know that most UUs don't pray or she was hoping to convert me.

I had that information removed from my record and told the hospital to never let any pastoral care person in my room if I'm ever there again.

Last Monday I had to go to the emergency room and was admitted for a two day stay. DH reminded the nursing staff that I didn't want spiritual counseling and no one showed up this time, so I think the situation is under control.

Perhaps the military asks about religion? Insurance companies? I think it would be unlawful to include this question on most forms,

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Posted by: CateS ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 03:29PM

I don't think I've ever filled out a form that asked for "religion."

I would probably leave it blank or put "n/a."

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 03:34PM

I've only ever heard of the military asking that question or hospitals asking. Fill in your denomination or "Christian" only if you want pastoral care. If you want to be left alone, put N/A.

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 05:04PM

The only time I've seen this is on hospital forms. Put what you feel comfortable with. Many hospital chaplains are used to agnostics or "others" who just want to talk. If you just want to talk, gently mention that and the person should respect your wishes. Remember that many religious groups have clergy/clerics who are trained to help with grieving or palliative care. Very best wishes, Boner.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 05:29PM


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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 06:56PM

Excepting the sacrament of craft beer! Love you Ron! Boner

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 10:33PM

You are correct Bone....the only alter I worship at is at the foot of the blessed brewmasters of the world.

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Posted by: catnip ( )
Date: July 21, 2017 04:25AM

Technically, I'm a Presbyterian, but I haven't attended there in ages, and I wouldn't want to bother the kind young minister with having to visit me. I like the guy, but hey- I don't contribute anything to his church and we both know it. He has enough to worry about.

If I'm either ill enough to be in the hospital, or especially, if I'm post-operative and grouchy with pain, I don't want to have to put on party manners for anybody. My family understands this.

My son, bless his heart, was sitting in a chair at my bedside when I awoke after surgery. He said he had sent DH home, and was assuming duty. I was still pretty out of it from anesthesia, but tried to carry on a proper conversation. He finally put a hand on my arm and said, "Look, Mom - you don't have to entertain me. you've been through a pretty rough surgery, you're still pretty gronked-out on drugs, so just go back to sleep. I'll be here when you wake up." And he was.

Can you imagine the love of a son who is willing to sit and read, while you swim up from anesthesia? I was willing to sink back into sleep, waking up later much less foggy-brained, and yes, Son was still there. I am so grateful for my kids, the ones I can laugh with, cry with, and just enjoy BEING with.

Son told me later that the nurses had tried to shoo him out after "visiting hours." He explained, very politely, that he had promised, during my brief period of post-op wakefulness, that he had promised to be there the next time I woke up, and he intended to keep that promise, but he assured them that once I was fully awake, he would go home. But he wasn't about to let him Mom wake up to an empty room after making that promise.

The nurses were very understanding. Several of them told me I had a very sweet son, and I just smiled, saying, "Yeah, he has always been that way." Lucky, lucky me!!

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Posted by: gatorman ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 06:51PM

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 06:54PM

In other words, bring orange and blue depends. Mine will be Cougar Blue and White! The Boner.

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Posted by: yorkie ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 08:12PM

I just put "none".
I don't know about the US but in the UK it's asked on the census forms.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 08:16PM


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Posted by: perky ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 08:22PM

None - and it feels so good

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Posted by: dagny ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 09:03PM


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Posted by: baura ( )
Date: July 16, 2017 10:22PM

When I was recovering in the hospital from my emergency
appendectomy a hospital chaplain dropped by for a short visit.
It was very pleasant and religion was not mentioned by either of

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Posted by: lindy ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 12:16AM

This question is on census forms in Australia. OH and I just put " None".

The percentage who put " None" is getting higher with each census.

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Posted by: caffiend ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 12:23AM

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Posted by: Now a Gentile ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 01:37PM

Many years ago I was admitted to a hospital and was asked about my religious affiliation. I said I was an apadiest. Apparently they didn't have that check box so I said none.

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Posted by: L TOM PETTY ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 03:38PM

"A mormon boy, a mormon boy, I am a mormon boy."

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Posted by: rubi123 ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 03:39PM

Non-denominational Christian

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 03:40PM

"Nunya bizness"

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Posted by: desertman ( )
Date: July 17, 2017 04:43PM

The "wholly church uv nunna yer damnbzness"

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Posted by: Anon370855V ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 07:40AM

Believe it or not, when I had my heart attack 2 weeks ago, NO ONE anyplace asked me about religion. Not in the local ER or the farther-away hospital to which I was sent via helluva-copter, and not during my stay in the hospital. OK by me!

When they asked for my race, I put "Human"!

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Posted by: an exmo ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 09:13AM

I don't wear my religion on my sleeve. My freedom of conscience is a fundamental right well worth protecting.

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Posted by: Done & Done ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 10:22AM

I put "Self Employed."

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Posted by: druid ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 01:41PM


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Posted by: savagestarlight ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 02:02PM

I'm Christian now, but I don't go to a church. Still believe in God and the Bible so I just put Christian.

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Posted by: RRman6013 ( )
Date: July 22, 2017 03:02AM

savagestarlight Wrote:
> I'm Christian now, but I don't go to a church.
> Still believe in God and the Bible so I just put
> Christian.

The only time I've encountered this was on the preliminary paperwork at a doctor's office. I wrote "Christian" for the same reason you did.

Then again, I knew this lady who was high as a kite when she was admitted to a detox ward. She said she was a Druid.

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 04:36PM

Name of next thread: "Hot and Sweaty"

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Posted by: boilerluv ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 06:06PM

When I was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day a couple of years ago (bad pneumonia), on the "religion" line, I put Atheist U-U. My UU minister and his wife came up the next day. I was glad to see them--they were the only people who came that entire week except my best friend. (None of my kids/grandkids have cars...)

If I ever have to go again, I plan to put Satanist and see who shows up. LOL! :)

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Posted by: csuprovograd ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 06:18PM


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Posted by: Now a Gentile ( )
Date: July 19, 2017 02:18PM

May I use this please?

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Posted by: angela ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 07:47PM

Im honest. I put down the denomination that I practice, without feeling guilty.

Not embarrassed about in in the slightest.

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Posted by: Cold-Dodger ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 08:08PM

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Posted by: angela ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 08:16PM

Cold-Dodger Wrote:
> n/t

For one, when one is admitted to a hospital or other similar medical institution.

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Posted by: pollythinks ( )
Date: July 18, 2017 08:44PM

Posted by: L TOM PETTY "A mormon boy, a mormon boy, I am a mormon boy."


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Posted by: yeppers ( )
Date: July 19, 2017 02:28PM

Just make up a symbol like Prince did, and watch them try to figure it out.

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Posted by: cynful ( )
Date: July 21, 2017 10:41AM

yeppers Wrote:
> Just make up a symbol like Prince did, and watch
> them try to figure it out.

Awesome!!! Absolute perfection!!! :-)

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Posted by: donbagley ( )
Date: July 21, 2017 04:28PM

"Religion is no"

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Posted by: Tevai ( )
Date: July 21, 2017 05:32PM

If it is a hospital admission form (which is the only time I have ever encountered this request), I put "Jewish"...

...on the theory that whoever Jewish that stops by (be it a rabbi, or a rabbinical student, or whoever) is going to be a MUCH better conversationalist than most of the other hospital personnel I will encounter. (I will be able to, more or less, interview THEM, and learn some neat inside stuff I wouldn't have learned without them stopping by. Can't ever tell when that exact kind of info will be PRECISELY what I need for [including in] a book or whatever.)


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Posted by: dagny ( )
Date: July 22, 2017 03:13PM

Other suggestions for Religion:




Served time. Out on parole.


Not on any religious medications



Waste of Time

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