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Re: [atheists-494] Working with the Reality-Challenged

From: Stuart
Sent on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:49 AM
You're missing an exceptional proselytizing opportunity.

I think you should reach out to him and let him know that you'd really like to work with him.  And if it's reciprocated, then I would bring up the Christmas card and the over-the-top Christian message, and discuss whether the clear difference in worldviews needs to be a problem in your working relationship.

If you're both OK with it, then there's no reason I can see to not move ahead with the working relationship.

-Stuart


> On Feb 26, 2013, at 11:50 AM, Reverend Stevo <[address removed]> wrote:
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>> Hello everyone, just wanted to reach out to my atheist support group with a quandary I've been puzzling over.
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>> Do you let a person's "religiosity" influence whether or not you're going to work with them?  This is not a legal question; this is an ethical/practical issue.
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>> I was approached by an individual who was interested in providing a professional service for a project I'm working on.  Initially, I was very impressed by his approach, expertise, and qualifications.  He was incredibly nice and helpful, and seemed like he'd be awesome to work with. I was pretty comfortable with the idea of offering some sort of partnership to him.
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>> Then I got a "Merry Christmas" mass email that he sent out to his friends & family.  It was sort of a "hey, heres what my family is doing" kind of thing, that is usually accomplished through a christmas card, covered with nauseatingly cute pictures of rosy-cheeked offspring.
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>> Turns out he's heavily involved with missionary activities in Africa, and is big into "the church life".  The religiosity worked itself up to a frenzy by the end, culminating with:
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>> """
>> Reckon his power to enable you to help continue telling the stories of God's amazing work in the world and helping equip and educate people for mission work.
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>> We are undertaking an impossible task made possible by God's will for his people. Join us in completing the task.
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>> Till Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation worships God,
>> (name withheld)
>> """
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>> By Odin's hairy pair!  This freaked me the fuck out.  That signoff felt like a THREAT.  I immediately decided that I didn't want to work with him.  I didn't tell him, I just never reached out to get him involved in the project.
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>> Several months later, and I'm looking for someone to provide the service that he does, and I'm having no success.  Out of a dozen or so possible candidates, he's the only one who really grokked the project and knew exactly what to do with it.  I'm now wondering if I made the right decision.  Am I being irrationally prejudiced?  By rejecting someone based on their irrational beliefs, am I any better than they are?  Is my concern that someone that crazy, can't be trusted to make sane business decisions, just a hollow rationalization?
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>> Have you had any experiences like this?  How did you deal with it?
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>> Till Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation worships Bacon,
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>> sd
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