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24-03-2014, 02:33 PM
A Conversation with my Boss
While at work on a Sunday, my boss and I spoke about scheduling and the difficulty of getting workers to be available on the Sabbath. I reassured him that I would always be available on Sundays, and added that I am not a Mormon like the majority of the workforce in my area. He laughed and said that I must be the only one on his staff who isn't.

After a short pause, he asked me if I was a Christian, as if that was the most likely alternative. I immediately felt my gut tighten, as it always does when I prepare the say the word "Atheist" out loud. It isn't that I am ashamed or without pride in who I am, but that I never know what reaction it will provoke. I am often afraid of an outburst of intolerance or hate, but I take the risk as often as it is appropriate.

I gathered my courage and said "No. I am an Atheist". I immediately regretted it, because of the look of utter shock on his face. Thoughts like "My job is fucked" went through my head, but I stood my ground to take the full brunt of his reaction.

Suddenly, he smiled and said. "So am I".

Big Grin

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24-03-2014, 02:34 PM
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(24-03-2014 02:33 PM)Dark Phoenix Wrote:  While at work on a Sunday, my boss and I spoke about scheduling and the difficulty of getting workers to be available on the Sabbath. I reassured him that I would always be available on Sundays, and added that I am not a Mormon like the majority of the workforce in my area. He laughed and said that I must be the only one on his staff who isn't.

After a short pause, he asked me if I was a Christian, as if that was the most likely alternative. I immediately felt my gut tighten, as it always does when I prepare the say the word "Atheist" out loud. It isn't that I am ashamed or without pride in who I am, but that I never know what reaction it will provoke. I am often afraid of an outburst of intolerance or hate, but I take the risk as often as it is appropriate.

I gathered my courage and said "No. I am an Atheist". I immediately regretted it, because of the look of utter shock on his face. Thoughts like "My job is fucked" went through my head, but I stood my ground to take the full brunt of his reaction.

Suddenly, he smiled and said. "So am I".

Big Grin

Haha, very awesome! Thumbsup
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24-03-2014, 02:37 PM
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Nice! I bet that felt pretty good.

You shoulda messed with him though and been like "....I was kidding....I'm a mormon too..."

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24-03-2014, 02:45 PM
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My boss is an athiest too. He thinks I am just a bad catholic.
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24-03-2014, 02:58 PM
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(24-03-2014 02:33 PM)Dark Phoenix Wrote:  While at work on a Sunday, my boss and I spoke about scheduling and the difficulty of getting workers to be available on the Sabbath. I reassured him that I would always be available on Sundays, and added that I am not a Mormon like the majority of the workforce in my area. He laughed and said that I must be the only one on his staff who isn't.

After a short pause, he asked me if I was a Christian, as if that was the most likely alternative. I immediately felt my gut tighten, as it always does when I prepare the say the word "Atheist" out loud. It isn't that I am ashamed or without pride in who I am, but that I never know what reaction it will provoke. I am often afraid of an outburst of intolerance or hate, but I take the risk as often as it is appropriate.

I gathered my courage and said "No. I am an Atheist". I immediately regretted it, because of the look of utter shock on his face. Thoughts like "My job is fucked" went through my head, but I stood my ground to take the full brunt of his reaction.

Suddenly, he smiled and said. "So am I".

Big Grin

Shoulda told him you were a Pastafarian.

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24-03-2014, 03:06 PM
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Man. Even I let out a sigh of relief when I got to the end of that story.

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Glad to hear it went well. You may have just become your boss's new favorite employee.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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24-03-2014, 05:45 PM
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When I cringe at the possible outcome of this story, it let's me know that we have a long ways to go before atheism is accepted as a choice that many people make in society instead of just a rare few.

I often get the feeling that people would rather hear that I was a nazi than an atheist.
I'm not a nazi by the way. Just using a term that christians can relate to more than they can relate to an atheist.

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24-03-2014, 06:05 PM
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Nice one!Thumbsup Coming to the end of your story I was convinced you were about to join the ranks of the unemployed.

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24-03-2014, 07:17 PM
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That had my stomach in knots.

Glad it went well.

Whew!


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24-03-2014, 07:28 PM
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(24-03-2014 02:33 PM)Dark Phoenix Wrote:  While at work on a Sunday, my boss and I spoke about scheduling and the difficulty of getting workers to be available on the Sabbath. I reassured him that I would always be available on Sundays, and added that I am not a Mormon like the majority of the workforce in my area. He laughed and said that I must be the only one on his staff who isn't.

After a short pause, he asked me if I was a Christian, as if that was the most likely alternative. I immediately felt my gut tighten, as it always does when I prepare the say the word "Atheist" out loud. It isn't that I am ashamed or without pride in who I am, but that I never know what reaction it will provoke. I am often afraid of an outburst of intolerance or hate, but I take the risk as often as it is appropriate.

I gathered my courage and said "No. I am an Atheist". I immediately regretted it, because of the look of utter shock on his face. Thoughts like "My job is fucked" went through my head, but I stood my ground to take the full brunt of his reaction.

Suddenly, he smiled and said. "So am I".

Big Grin

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