Seriously, at a business meeting? In the U.S.? I'd be on the phone to HR before the end of the day.
When others around me are praying, I refrain from eating or doing anything similar, and instead just look around the room for the other heathens.
I'm still shocked at all the groupthink prayers that open sporting events, town hall/city counsel meetings, and public university commencements. Things got messed up last decade. It was hard enough to suffer through the rabid overtones of nationalism, but now public prayers for everything? I'll be in my room until things get uncrazy again.
I went to visit my Mormon family in Nauvoo IL to see them preform in the insanely FABULOUS outdoor musical theater telling of their imaginary, revisionist, history
. It was the perfect storm of my pet peeves; national anthem and pledge and Eagle Scout color guard accompanied to Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, followed by Mormon prayers, and more prayers for the health of George W. and a vanquishing of "America's" enemies here and abroad (no shit), and prayers for the victory of the soldiers and the wars, and prayers for the successful performance of the theatrical performance, followed by some kind of loyalty oath/testimony of some people on stage confirmed en masse by the
audience, followed by a speech where the idiot speaker un-ironically kept quoting Twain (Mormons love to quote Twain, they've obviously never read his writing)... My head exploded before the musical theater performance began.
When people start group praying around me, I just get real quiet and stare straight ahead, politely... Exactly the same way I'm polite about someone's public fart or something.
I do not bow my head. I do stand for the pledge but I do not put my hand on my heart or recite anything. I pay my respect to the flag and my country but the pledge is shear b.s.
Ditto. I may or may not remain standing for the anthem, usually not. Hell, I may not even stand for the pledge. It depends on how I feel, i.e. if the people behind me are a physical threat, but sometimes I welcome the threat.