I went in for jury duty yesterday. I was asked a bunch of questions and in the end, to my relief, wasn’t selected. Since then I’ve been trying to figure out what it was that I said that could have made them reject me. The case was some guy suing for damages sustained in a car accident. The information they got from me was more demographic than anything else. Is it because I was white (the accident happened in a black neighborhood)? Is it because of my job? My education? My marital status? Who knows.
Anyway, so I was talking to a co-worker about it this morning and she asked, “Did you tell them you were Mormon?” No, why would that matter? “Well, you guys make different judgements.”
What the hell is that? Because I’m a Mormon I will look at the evidence of a car accident differently than a non-Mormon? I don’t even know in what way a Mormon would see a car accident differently.
It’s funny, often when I’m reading in the bloggernacle about other people’s experiences I often think, “that’s to over-the-top to be true” or “ridiculous, nobody would actually say that, let alone think it.” But experiences like this really make me wonder what those around me are thinking. It’s amazing how judgemental the non-judgemental people are.