Woman expects housemates to follow her strict ‘religious’ rules
On Reddit, a woman debates whether or not she should move in with a friend who tries to impose his own “strict” religious rules on everyone in the apartment.
The 23-year-old shared that she plans to move into a flat next year with her friends Harriet, 22, and Tommy, 23. Harriet is Muslim, while she and Tommy are non-religious.
“Harriet said that when we move in she only wants halal food in the house and I guess I can live with that. However, I can only eat certain textures and eat specific foods from certain places… If that changes I’m freaking out. Same goes for Tommy but he said he would be fine,” the woman wrote via Reddit.
The woman shared that Harriet also asked her and Tommy not to drink alcohol in the apartment, despite the OP [original poster] working as a mixologist.
“I work in a cocktail bar, so I like learning new drinks for my customers to try. I really like that. They want me to quit, which I get. I want to quit too, but I I like to smoke other things once in a while and I don’t want to quit that,” she continued.
However, Harriet also asked the wife and Tommy to pretend to be “married” whenever Harriet’s parents come to visit.
“I talked about how all these changes we’re making to make her feel comfortable make me feel uncomfortable. I said I didn’t feel like I was living the life I wanted and that I wanted to be able to do the things that I wanted to do. I didn’t choose this religion. Why should I follow the rules?” she wrote.
The woman noted that Tommy and Harriet were upset by her comment.
“Tommy was a little more understanding because he had to change [too] but he said I shouldn’t have said that. Harriet just got mad and started crying, now it’s pretty tense in the house,” she shared.
In the comments section, Reddit users backed up the frustrated woman, telling her that Harriet can’t expect her friends to follow her strict religious rules if they themselves aren’t part of her religion. .
“She can’t dictate how you live because of her religion. [If] she can only live with people who follow strict Muslim laws, so maybe she shouldn’t live with you,” one person wrote.
“Do not move in with Harriet. She takes these demands to an extreme. Muslims are not allowed to consume, carry or sell alcohol. The Koran says nothing about roommates who consume alcohol. It same goes for all her demands. forcing her religious beliefs on you, when she has no right to. Tell her to give up or find another roommate,” another commented.
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