Hi - I'm writing an article for the BBC News website on workplace discrimination against atheists. I have seen a few stories on this site about people who felt excluded by their co-workers or even lost their job after expressing their beliefs. I would like to talk to people who have been through such an experience. You can contact me directly - my email is firstname.lastname@example.org - or share your stories in this forum.
BBC News, Washington
**Moderator's note: After our initial message of caution to all of you we've had an opportunity to confirm that Mr. Wheeler is indeed who he says he is. Knowing this, we'd like to encourage everyone to please share their stories of discrimination in the workplace with Mr. Wheeler. We shouldn't let the opportunity of a BBC News reporter telling the world the story of very real anti-atheist discrimination pass by! He is on a deadline so you must contact him as soon as you're able to.
This is a great place for like-minded people like us to share and when nothing else is possible commiserate and try everything we atheist folks can do to pump other from afar. I salute you sir and hope that nothing amiss comes your way.
I got to wondering, being in Texas, what the textbooks and study materials are like. The Texas State School Board even goes so far as to alter textbooks to include as much creationists garbage s possible and to exclude Americans when they think are not of acceptable standards, i.e. who think exactly, or as close as they can, as they do.
Even America needs more teachers of your caliber and quality. I wish you, as I'm certain others on this site do as well, every success in the future. Should you ever need a sponsor in the US lete me know, if I can't manage it myself I will find others who can and will.
Giovanni, . Atheism is a long, lonely & stony road, but it's the only road for people like you & us on this site. I wish you the very best of luck in your teaching career. Time is on our side. Hang tough
@ William Thank you Mr Walker. I couldn't agree with you more. Honestly, sometimes I wish I could find a shortcut to avoid the disconfort of the road you mention... but anyway I haven't seen such a thing.
We'll hang tougher then. Thanx.
@ Ken - Thank you sir. I am honored to be supported by people like you. Well, we need to keep it up, right? You're right. We require more people who are really interested in education. Very probably, it's there where we can find many key elements to make this world a better place. I'll keep doing my job with honor, intelligence and ethics as you guys expect. Thank you.
Spot-on about education being the crux of the matter regarding a progressive society. Why else would theists of every description make every attempt possible to hold sway over the standards and practice of education. The old saw, "Get 'em young and you'll have them forever". That's why they fight us tooth and nail at every opportunity, they're afraid we'll get them young.
The younger generation in the US is more secular and less religious than ever and it's all due to better education and i give this incredible medium that allows folks of our persuasion to communicate. Occupy Wall Street is a shining example of positive results. Google "Occupy Everywhere" or even "Occupy Wall street" and it's all there. They know we're coming.
Hang in there mate.
@ Lisa - Thank you so much. I knew there had to be many people who would agree with me and evidently I found a place to share and learn from smart people like you. Thanx.
When I was younger I worked at a firm that was known for being a "Mormon" firm. I ended up working at this firm for five years but during that time I think many just assumed that I was one of the members of the "CLUB" as the non LDS workers would refer to it. There were divisions in the firm where if you weren't LDS you would never get anywhere and in fact I found out that many people with less experience who happened to be LDS were paid more then their non LDS co-workers. Thankfully for me I worked in a division that was under one of the token non LDS partners for most of the time so it wasn't as bad but I would be asked all the time about what ward (local LDS church) I went to and where I went on my mission. I remember being given The Book of Mormon no less then six times as "gifts" from concerned co workers who would tell me I was already a moral person so I should just join up. I had an office mate who was very cute and she was sorta of rebel by LDS standards that I shared an office with for a year and she would always try to convert me still. She always tried to invite me to church things and I always suspected that she was trying to use her self as a carrot on a stick to join which was kind of funny. I remember once mentioning that life is most likely not limited to the Earth in the universe and suddenly I was being told about the Mormon Jesus being from another world and that I was closer then I knew to the TRUTH. Lots of people had Jesus stuff all over their desks so I eventally picked up a Buddha and put on my desk just to give some of the gossip prone something to talk about. For about a year I had several people convinced that I was a Buddhist and it was kind of an inside joke with a few of my friends there. In any case I got even more flyers and stuff about LDS scripture.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation offers a whole bunch of different NON-TRACTS that you could use to 'salt' the desks of those laying stuff on yours.. Can't help but wonder about their reaction to them. :-)
Yeah thankfully I don't have to worry about that at my firm I'm with now. Couple of my friends and I used to think of things we could leave in the break room since some people kept leaving stacks of The Book of Mormon around. It would always be funny to find books about witch craft or what not that were left in there in the garbage.
I have to wonder what they would have said if you guys dropped a few works of the LDS fiction and fantasy in the same container; it's all trash and garbage in the end.
It would be nice if someone would print in the book of Mormon, Mark Twain's opinion of it : Chloroform in print. Other than that, do what I did in Motel bibles : On the blank page at the beginning, I wrote : Once upon a time....:
@ Brian - Because some religious bafoons feel they have the right to walk around spouting their BS while on-the-job. It makes you want to blow and sometimes you do. I personally never "blew" at work but I came close.