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RE: [atheists-8] Christian Fundamentalism & The Current State of the Union

From: Abby
Sent on: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:22 PM
I'll add a P.S. here ... our beliefs ARE right, and theirs are wrong.  :-)
It's just impolitic to make a fuss about it and throw it in their faces, or
get nasty towards them.


-----Original Message-----
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Abby
Sent: Tuesday, October 14,[masked]:20 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [atheists-8] Christian Fundamentalism & The Current State of
the Union

What job field actually fired you because of your lack of religion???  Yeah,
that's illegal in this country.  It's no different from firing someone based
on their race or gender.  Your rights are in the Constitution: Separation of
Church and State.

I spent 5 years working at a company where the COO and Creative Director
(both my bosses) were hardcore Christian.  The owner of the company was
agnostic.  No one really discussed religion in the office.  Political
debates were also discouraged, as they can distract from work.  But everyone
pretty much got along.  The company in general was very mixed as far as
religion and race.

At one point, this company was asked to make a game based on Philip
Pullman's "The Golden Compass."  I was the only one in the office who'd read
the books.  So the COO and Creative Director asked me what the story was
about, and if it was rated PG for children.  I raised an eyebrow ...
realized they didn't know ... and gave them a summary.  Yes, the book has
daemons.  Yes, it's written by an outspoken atheist.  Yes, the Catholic
Church and many Christians find it offensive.  But I enjoyed it and think it
would make a fun game.  They took my summary in stride and in the end,
decided not to make the game, which sort of pissed me off at the time.  I
wanted to work on it.  But they cited the reasons as being financial, and
maybe they were.

In my roundabout way, I'm trying to say that hatred against Christians is no
better than Christians hating atheists.  They have their beliefs, and we
have ours.  The problems start when one party claims that my beliefs are
RIGHT and yours are WRONG.  I'd rather not see agnostics and atheists acting
that way.  It contributes to the negative stereotypes.

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