Last night, I attended an event designed to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding. This one was titled the Ramadan Experience and was held at a prominent Presbyterian church downtown. The event was as follows: We were in a church auditorium; the minister said a few words, then introduced an imam. The imam spoke, gave some details about better understanding Ramadan. We then saw some traditional Islamic art, listened to Islamic music, and then adjourned for a traditional Islamic dinner where we met people of all faiths. I give these details so you understand the context.
I attended with 3 older women - my mother and two friends of hers, so women in their mid-70's. We were sitting in this order: Me, my mother, woman A, woman B. As the imam was speaking, woman B pulled out her cell phone and started silently playing on it - checking FB, texting and the like. These were open chairs, placed far apart, and we were in the second row, very visible to the speakers, event organizers and anyone else in the first few rows. My mother tried to motion with her hand to put that away, but B didn't pay any attention. She must have done this for 10 minutes of the speech.
We were really livid and had steam coming out of our ears. This was just completely rude behavior as far as we were concerned. Where were her manners?
There was no emergency. I'm married to an obstetrician who IS on call and needs to keep his cell phone on vibrate and he would absolutely have quietly left the room if he needed to talk to the hospital.
If it had been my kid, I would have given him the Eye of Death and told him to cut it out. Heck, I would have given my mother the Eye of Death if she'd pulled out her phone :-)
What should we have done? What would you all have done?