I work at a grocery store. a lady came up to me and told me I looked familiar and she said, "I know I've seen you at (name of her church.)" I said I had never heard of the church and she asked me if I'd like to come, I said, "No maam, I'm an atheist." She looked at me, horrified, and left. a while later my manager came and said a woman had complained that I had insulted her church. I was dumbfounded, and told him what happened. He said, "well from now on, keep your opinions to yourself."
Whaaat??? What should I have done? what would you have done?
Is it not okay for me to be open about my atheism?
I was on the closet all my life until college. Now I am out in the open and I don't hide it anymore. Why should I?
(also sorry if this is in the wrong forum.)
Geez, I would have been in your exact same predicament. I would have answered her the same way, without even thinking twice about it, and I live in Texas. Here's the kicker, I don't work with customers in that way, so I can say this without the fear of losing my job or getting into it with my boss.
I also know, I would have fretted and fumed about it, talked to my boss again, and probably would have quit my job. I'm a chickenshit like that. I have no job loyalty when it comes to my own feelings about being there.
I have noticed lately the more vocal I am about reason and lack of "faith", the fewer friends I have. I just don't give a shit anymore.
Peace and Good Luck!