You guys have got to watch Religulous by Bill Maher; it's AWESOME!
To a patient asking if you're a Christian (actually happens more often than I thought it would): "I'd prefer that subject not to be the focus of our discussion today. Tell me more about why you're here so I can help you."
To a supervisor: "I'm really not that religious" or "I've got so much studying to do these days that I have a hard time fitting the church into my life."
To the Jim Jones Kool-Aid drinker that heckles you about religion every day: "Being a scientist makes it very difficult to believe in things that I can't prove and this is why I'm an atheist. This won't change the next time I see you." If this person is a patient, they will get referred to a physician, "more in line with your beliefs, sir."
If I have to sneak in my own thermos of coffee every day because I get sneered at by administration, I'll gladly thank them for my training and let another less religious institution get the benefit of the thousands of hours of training they invested in me.
I don't preach tolerance, I ask that all be respected if they are respectful. From what I know of the real-world definition, tolerance is a person not agreeing with another person or his views, but being forced to accept that they must work together. Many people have an incorrect view of what tolerance really is.
Gotta love Wikipedia:
Paradox of tolerance, the problem that a tolerant person is antagonistic toward intolerance, hence intolerant of it.
The Muslim and Hindi coworkers I admire the most are the ones that put that extra effort into looking absolutely professional with it, having their headpiece almost perfect every day, or their Hijab made from such beautiful fabrics and colors that you can't help but appreciate them. The ballers have the jewelry on their head match the belt and the shoes and I'm all for it. No problem with a Kippah worn on the head of a Jewish person or a surgical cap full of awesome colors and tribal designs. Well starched white shirts and black dress pants every day doesn't bother me at all. The ones that do the bare minimum and have the "I'm X, deal with it" attitude won't get much respect from an atheist like myself.
Yep I'm Catholic and loved religulus lol. Too many people are bitches nowadays. Who gives a **** if your prof talked about easter for 10 minutes at the end of lecture? My prof started a lecture talking about people being jerks on elevators in new york. Why do you care? Does it offend you? I watch Bill Maher and he talks trash about religion 24/7. I don't start whining about it. My PI in the summer thinks religion is for ****ing idiots. I wore a cross everyday and we got along fine. It's just that mentality nowadays that people really can't take ****. My best buddy in med school is an atheist and he talks **** about religion to me often. I don't crap myself and talk to the admin about this very offending language. Is it difficult for you to just ignore it and move on?
Some guy thought it was crazy that there's prayer groups before exams. I don't do that myself, but does it really matter to you? If 100 students in the exam room professed their hatred of religion in plain sight of everyone I wouldn't really care either. Do little things like this offend you? Do you have hatred in your heart when you see muslims praying at a certain time of day? Just move on. You're an atheist, congratulations. Now stop being an attention *****.