Well, it finally happened. I thought it would probably and eventually happen, especially here. Small town, religious zealots, all around "god is in my heart", kinda people. So, it happened.

I work at a local restaurant where we, (husband and I), made the decision to not let an employee return after bouts of insubordination and not showing up for work. Sounds cut and dry. You don't perform the job I pay you for, you don't work here anymore.
Nope. Not in this case.

Few days later I get ex-employee, mom and grandma all in my restaurant wanting apologies and explanations and demanding that they get them right now!
So, the husband and I, trying to do the right thing, try talking to them and explain to them why their precious little 22 year old daughter does not work for us anymore...

Then started the insults a'flyin'.

I was called a "black hearted evil bitch". These god fearing, god loving, love your neighbor kinda people were sitting in my place of business shouting insults at us. Telling us we were going to hell. Telling us we were liars and that we had no morals because we didn't believe in god, yadda yadda... I'm sure other atheists who have gone through this know the insults we hear. Just like we know all the ways that religious people TRY to rationalize with us why they believe and why they are right and we are wrong.

Nice christian family my ass!

I would have NEVER done this! I too have a 23 year old daughter, as well as two grown sons. I taught my kids that there were consequences for their actions. I would have never gone into a public place like that and have caused a scene and use profanity, (not that I don't, I do, all the time, just know when to control myself). What lesson is this that you teach your child. Shame on them! Hypochristians!

Perhaps it was my fault for being so open about my atheism. But so be it! I am not staying quiet about how I feel, and I will continue to mock religion and their silly believes. Why should I hide my thoughts when they are constantly bombarding me with literature and bible knowledge and just plain down nonsense!

I am just really sick of this way of thinking. It's so archaic and backwards and just plain cruel.
What a wonderful thing to be in control of ones own thoughts and have control of our lives.
It's liberating and, dare I say, almost spiritual :)

Thanks for listening.

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Comment by Atheist Ninja on May 27, 2009 at 1:03pm
People never cease to amaze me with their stupidity.
Comment by Dave G on May 27, 2009 at 1:15pm
I would not be surprised if their next act was to try to claim that you fired their precious little snowflake because she was too good of a Christian and your evil atheist-ness couldn't stand being around her.
Comment by Stacy B on May 27, 2009 at 1:23pm
That's very interesting that they went from their daughter's behavior on the job to your personal beliefs in your private life. What relevance, exactly, did they think that held?

Of course, the answer is that they didn't think. They only wanted to beat down that which didn't agree with them, which is rather common. I'm sure that's just how the world works for them. The satisfying thing, which is also the saddest thing, is that they have to receive that kind of treatment all the time to have been programmed that way.

Godspeed, I guess.
Comment by Reggie on May 27, 2009 at 1:24pm
Sadly, this sounds typical of Christians. I haven't had a run in like that because my lack of faith yet, but I am ever observant of people and I notice Christians tend to have these types of reactions to many things.
Comment by Laura on May 27, 2009 at 1:35pm
I love the term "hypochristians" here, really captures what many non-believers have to deal with when arguing with the religious lot.

Other than that, I'm sorry this happened to you. It really is a shame that not only are these christians acting so downright mean to you, but that they've raised their child not to understand that actions have consequences.
Comment by Gaytor on May 27, 2009 at 1:40pm
Why would they want their daughter to work for non-believers?
They funny part to me is that the behavior that they displayed is likely what caused their daughter to not take responsibility for herself in the first place.
In most states you couldn't legally talk to them about it anyways. My next question would be are you going to leave voluntarily or should I escalate it with the police?
Good for you for being open!
Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on May 27, 2009 at 1:45pm
Should of asked 'em "Did you want your hypocrisy for here or to go?"
Comment by Frink on May 27, 2009 at 7:23pm
Rev wins the best comment award.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 27, 2009 at 7:54pm

Comment by Rich Meredith on May 28, 2009 at 7:10am
Yep. Sad to hear thhat happened to you! It's the kind of thing I get quite often though over here as I am a bit of big mouth anyway and am quite happy to display my lack of belief up front. When I get the "You're going to Hell thing", I always meet it with dirisive laughter and if I get the chance, let them know that as threats go, it's about as meaningful to me as threatening that Santa isn't going to bring me anything this year. Idiots!


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