Hi! Im new here. Im in a Conservative Christian town so happy to have a safe space. If anyone else is in that situation, how do you deal with it? Especially at work.
I live in the bible belt Christians are the majority here. I don't socialize with anyone from work unless I know they are atheist or agnostic. I had problems before with someone finding out I'm an atheist and telling other co-workers. That quickly elevated to people not wanting to work with me because of various reasons. It turned into a huge case of discrimination and harassment with my employer because their policy is not to discriminate for race, religion, gender or orientation. Several people were fired many suspended with last warnings.
I live in washington state (East side) and some people are like okay you are an atheist and some get upset, and worst are the ones that follow me around walmart preaching the word of there invisible god. I just annoy them back by reminding them, you have the right to believe in what ever you want, just like me, same right gives me the right to not believe in your sky god or his so called zombie son. they usually start to leave me alone after a while.
Quiet subversion. One of my old students gave me a shout out on FB the other day for teaching Orlando in an elective. She didn't fully catch on to the full gist of the novel back then. I said I just covered the lower interpretation of female entrapment in a male world - allowed the kid's intelligence to catch on later.
I did have a student tell me I was going to Hell; she then took every elective I taught.
I live in Wenatchee, WA, a rural, Christian and conservative area.
Ignorant rednecks dump trash in gullies. With intelligent, educated Democrats, we clean it up. I pick up litter everywhere I go.
With bumper stickers, I am figuratively giving the finger to Republicans:
Keep your theology
Off my biology
Washington State Democrat
With educated liberals moving to Wenatchee from Seattle and California, the number of Democrats increases every year.
Happily, 46% of local voters voted for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. Hillary Clinton got 45% of the vote in 2016.
Even working in the downtown of a major world class city in a deep blue state and still regularly walk by cubicles with Bible verses and Christian memes posted for all passers by to read. I just stick to the work and don't discuss religion and not engage when people do. I even used to have a boss with a big crucifix on his desk as if he was clergy. The bright side is that people who push their religious beliefs front and center tend to not become executives (or even managers in most cases). Anyway, stay strong and vent outside of work as needed, it's all we can do sometimes. At least until you're the boss.
Because I live among people of my former religion I'm able to talk to them in ways that are supportive of their beliefs. I don't open up about my beliefs until I know someone well enough to know they won't judge me for them. It can be frustrating and difficult at times but it's also frequently rewarding. I'm much happier meeting them where they are at than I was as a religious person doing my best to determine who was "saved" and who wasn't. Work is actually a lot easier than my neighborhood since my neighbors all know I don't attend church.
Born in Portland, then 33 years in it’s rural anntithesis … hummm..
You will be pegged as ‘one of them,’ an ‘outsider’ having moved in to ‘change their way of life.’ So live & lead by example!
I was outspoken, with enough letters to editors to piss off the quadrant.. But, when they made sense ..they likely woke some. And, speaking up finds your kind.
Seek your kind, they’re there.. My children resented being raised amid right-wing red-neck gun-loving tobacco-spitting camo-waring ..punks. I hardly knew, because I’d long surrounded myself with the progressive elite.
So, children & school will add a degree of difficulty, even with some ‘home schooling.’
Find the Democrats … works every time! And those holding the party together are always best ...not necessarily those emerging from the woodwork during the heat of an election..
Turn to nature, the more you learn the more you’ll appreciate. And occasionally escape! I’d trek to Portland ..to attend monthly Atheist meetings, spending the night!
And remember - your rural brethren are mostly dumb, and will resent your education and inteligence. But - the ‘smart ones’ are dangerous; learn who to shut up around..
I’m still doing it, if 3K miles away … though with the same simpleton mentality as in rural OR.. I considered a city, grew up in P-town, but was spoiled by the country … so here I am, a-gin ~
I do not hide a thing, and in fact, I flaunt it . . . . I love it when they challenge me, because I know their whole system is a huge house of cards. Any who dare to venture into that conversation about religion do not last long when it comes to that . . . . like, where the fuck did they get the penguins, polar bears and kangaroos for the "Ark", and if their god is so great, loving and merciful, why would he do something that a parent would never do . . . condemn someone to eternal suffering . . . . I challenge them every time they open their mouths about it, I am free . . . . they are the slaves.
If the subject comes up, you simply reply that you're not religious. If they ask what that means, you explain that you follow none of the established religions. If they press further, you tell them that you've chosen a life that disavows religious faith and, as such, you practice no religion at all. If they continue to push beyond all that you tell them to step off or you'll f-ck them up so hard even god won't recognize them.
But say it nicely.
Welcome to the asylum. Enjoy your stay.
I've always been really defiant. I pretty much dare anyone to come at me because
I'm an atheist.
I've also been known to tell former co-workers to "keep that shit" to themselves.
What works for me doesn't work for everyone.
I really don't care if I piss people off.
I live in Kamas Utah where the vast majority of the population is LDS and it is difficult. Some of the members know and I am not invited to a lot of activities anymore which makes me resent my hometown. As far as my work place goes sometimes the conversation comes up and I always state my view and say I don't believe in God and they actually respect it at my work place. As far as your situation goes I would just be open, honest, and respectful if you are being picked on by Christians at your workplace. I hope this was helpful.
Welcome to the site. When at work stay focused on your work. It can get a bit dicey especially if the boss is religious and allows a lot of religion in the work place.
There are progressives and liberals out there and you'll find them. Good luck. Enjoy this site and come vent whenever you need to. Check out the various groups!!
I am in Texas and it is bad. People bring religion to work, play rosaries on radio, talk about prayers, we have Christmas (not holiday) parties. There is a church in front of the building and people go frequently together. If you talk about atheism at work, you are are a social outcast.