Tuesday’s open line

This article about nurse practitioners studying diversity in care in rural North Carolina reminds me of something that happened to me a few years ago a nearby hospital:

Checking in for a routine outpatient procedure, the intake clerk asked me my religion.

“Jewish,” I replied.

She studied her computer screen for a moment.

“That’s not a choice,” she finally answered.

“I’m still Jewish,” I insisted, unwilling to choose another religion. I continue to be of the opinion that religion should be a matter of conscience rather than paperwork.

I think we finally compromised on “Other”.

I understand it’s a choice on the form now. Diversity in action.

The forum is yours. Shalom.