Quoted: We were frozen in shock and incredulity! What to do? To continue to stand and observe this prayer would represent a betrayal of our own faith and imply the honoring of a pagan deity that was anathema to our beliefs. To sit would be an act of extreme rudeness and disrespect in the eyes of our Japanese hosts and neighbors, who value above all other things deference and respect in their social interactions. I am sorry to say that in the confusion of the moment we chose the easier path and elected to continue to stand in silence so as not to create a scene or ill will among those who were seated nearby...This young man needs a lesson in humility and good manners. Nothing more can be taken from this anecdote.He "chose the easier path" - so he exhibited good manners (in much the same way as Christians expect others to fake it through their prayers). What else would you have expected him to do?
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