I’ve been fortunate that when churches have invited me to speak with the pastor on stage, they’ve stuck to the script when it comes to the program. They talked about what they told me they wanted to talk about.
Atheist Jennifer wasn’t as lucky.
She was invited — along with her agnostic friend — to participate in a panel on religion for a Communicating Across Cultures class at her college. It wasn’t supposed to be complicated, she thought — she just had to be available for some Q & A.
All I was told is the class was discussing religious oppression on campus, and that needed a non-theist for a panel to answer questions from the audience. I said sure. I asked for more details about what specific questions were going to be asked, but they never replied. I shrugged it off, thinking it was just short notice, and along with my agnostic friend (who was the one who directed them to me), went to the panel this morning.
Unfortunately, I felt like I’d been duped.
You can check out her site to see why she feels that way.
It’s not certain whether this was done on purpose (Let’s shun the non-believers!) or whether it was just a lapse in communication (which would be very ironic indeed).
Have any of you ever been duped in a similar way after agreeing to do a talk or be part of a panel/debate about atheism?
Did you agree to discuss a certain topic only to have it change at the last second, leaving you unprepared?
What did you do in response?
(via Blag Hag)