Buggy turned 8 this past Friday and wanted to have some of the girls from class over for a slumber party. A couple parents called last week to decline their invitations due to previous engagements. However, one of the girls' fathers called yesterday (the day of the event) to "clarify" something Buggy had mentioned. This guy's daughter told him that Em and I were pagans. Em said that she was, but I was not. When asked, Em told him I was not a Christian either. That's when this kid's father told Em that his daughter would not be coming and promptly hung up.
I guess the fact that my kid is one of the best-behaved and smartest in class (according to her teacher and her test scores) is not indicative of her parentage whatsoever. This guy didn't even bother getting to know us, instead electing to base his decision on prejudice. Did he think there was going to be an animal sacrifice (Em has never done that sort of thing ever) before cake and ice cream? Perhaps he thought we'd attempt to indoctrinate his daughter into our ever so seedy world of hard work and treating others how we'd like to be treated.
I'm more upset than angry about this. If this had been a case of Em and I being ostracized, the two of us can deal with it. However, this guy took out his prejudices on my kid and that sucks.