Anyone have to hide their religious views or lack thereof, at work for fear of reprisal/judgement?
I'm a born & bred Oklahoman (Tulsa & Grand Lake) and have experienced this not only at work but pretty much EVERYWHERE else in Oklahoma as well. Seriously, from work to a quick casual encounter with a stranger in a parking lot. Up until the last five years or so every time I was asked "So what church do you attend" (which EVERYONE asks almost IMMEDIATELY after meeting you here in OK) I would feel obligated, forced actually, to either lie and just say the name of any church or skirt the question somehow to avoid the inevitable dumbfounded look and subsequent judgment. Now when asked I confidently and without guilt, anxiety, etc say "I don't believe in God" and actually kinda enjoy the looks lol. I mean as far back as i can remember, even as a very young child, i have many vivid memories of being treated like i was an outcast or a deviant if i didn't want to attend church or vacation bible school.
I have some very religious customers that I also think are nice people, verbiage is often littered with the religious vernacular, my responses are secular with some acquiescence. I don’t overthink it in the moment, it’s not the point of the conversation. I sell some very high end instruments and if they want God to bless me I’ll deal with it by venting to you folks
Work is an inappropriate place to be having these types of conversations. You're there to work not socialize and if there is socializing it should be limited to simpler conversations. I've never discussed my political or social views at work and as a result never worried about reprisals or being judged.