In a recent Reddit post, Ted recounted a tense encounter at a family reunion where his religious convictions collided with cultural practices, leading to a heated confrontation. Here’s what happened.
He Follows the Church of Christ
Jacob hails from the Philippines and follows the Church of Christ (INC) faith, which prohibits the consumption of animal blood.
He Doesn’t Eat Animal Blood
This prohibition starkly contrasts certain culinary delights, such as the popular Filipino street food “Dinuguan,” which contains pig’s blood.
The Family Gathering
The story begins with a family gathering. Relatives on Jacob’s mother’s side – who were predominantly Catholic – brought in the dish.
His Cousin Told Him to Try the Dish
Amidst the jovial atmosphere, one of Jacob’s cousins playfully encouraged him to try “Dinuguan,” saying, “You should give this a try, it’s really tasty.”
His Aunt and Uncle Joined In
Despite multiple attempts by his cousin, aunt, and uncle to persuade Jacob to try the dish, he staunchly refused, citing his religious convictions.
No One Will Know
The aunt and uncle said things like, “She’s right, you should try it, it’s really tasty and no one will know.”
Things Took a Turn
Tensions escalated when Jacob’s aunt and uncle decided to place a portion of “Dinuguan” onto his plate without consent.
He Reached His Boiling Point
Feeling frustrated by the attempts to compromise his religious beliefs, Jacob reached a boiling point.
Jacob’s refusal came out in a shout that drew the attention of other family members. This prompted Jacob’s parents to step in and inquire about the situation.
Mix of Reactions
Jacob faced a mix of reactions after explaining the situation to his parents.
Was It a Joke?
Jacob’s parents looked furious, while his aunt and uncle said “It was a joke! She’s taking it too seriously.”
Was He Overreacting?
A few of his relatives stood up in his defense, while others claimed he was overreacting. Jacob and his parents decided to leave.
Nobody Should Be Made to Eat Anything They Don’t Want To
He took to Reddit to ask whether he was wrong for what he did, and several Redditors sided with him, saying he was not in the wrong.
One Reddit user wrote, “Nobody should be made to eat anything they don’t want to. Religion or not. Your frustration is valid.”
Need to Respect Boundaries
Another Redditor commented, “Your relatives were persistent and didn’t respect boundaries. Very annoying people and by the way they weren’t joking.”
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