The Editrix does point out that I place American egalitarianism high amongst my values and yet do spend much time with my Hindu relatives. I really never placed a high priority on religion. For me it was always a matter of keeping peace in the home
as opposed to something heartfelt. The reality is many people are like this albeit less honest about it. There are those who feel the pull of theology in their heart and I respect such people. In general people like AOW, TMW, Z, Junglemom and Rav Roov
are examples to be emulated.
I love my West Indian family, but am clear that while I respect their religious holidays and rules I am not bound by them. I explained to my daughter, I do eat beef but never at home. Nor do I eat it when I am around them. This is funny because the Guyanese have parties where some eat beef and a few do not eat alcohol. The Guyanese deal with this subject well, be yourself. I do not eat beef because my daughter will grab things from my plate and it would create problems. In general I prefer poultry anyhow with rare moments of a Romanian cut steak once or twice a year. I did well at the Federal Law Enforcent Training Center where Chicken is served all year and there is only steak on Fridays.
Interestingly, I have zero problem with Hindu vegetarians because they are cool about it. People who have religious diets usually grasp that others do not share their quirks. Nonreligious vegetarians or vegans are self righteous preachy people that are usually jerks. If that is your quirk ok now can you zip it and leave me in peace.
My love of country and Americanism is demonstrated by the way I lead my life. I show respect for store clerks, doctors and so forth. We celebrate American holidays together in a traditional sense without Commie spin. The subject of Communism and socialism has come up in passing. The subject of the Old Testament was brought up by
my step daughter. I explained the Exodus as the story of my people that has inspired others and has sometimes been twisted by evil types.