asks: I need a bit of advice - I'm an atheist with a Muslim friend. It's Ramadan now and she fasts, and I'm not sure how to go about eating in her presence. Normally I just eat whatever I want in front of Muslims because I have zero wish to willingly inconvenient myself because of someone else's bullshit religion. The problem with this particular friend is that she, when I first became a vegetarian, always used to ask if it's ok with me that she eats meat in my presence. My response was always - sure, I made my choice, you made yours, no reason why my choices should dictate your life. But, now I'm torn between really, really not wanting to cater to her delusions, and feeling like an inconsiderate douche of a friend for eating in front of her when she's hungry/thirsty. Any thougths?
Maybe you should start hanging out with her after sunset. Problem solved!!! LOL!!!
But seriously, it all depends. Can you eat somewhere else then meet her afterwards? Have you asked her if you could eat in her presence? What did she say?
Like you, I don’t think being a douche to make a point is productive. That being said there is no reason why you should suffer hunger or thirst in the name of someone else’s delusions. It is a call you need to make on your own based on the type of relationship you share and how you will fell afterwards with whatever decision you make.