So I’ve started my new job. I’m still in training but I want to get out there and make some money. However on my first day, this is what my boss said:
The two businesses I’m sending you two, breweries and churches. These are the people you know the best, I want you to sell them our security systems.
I literally can’t come out publicly without jeopardizing my ability to make a sale. I come out publicly as an atheist in this town, I’m sunk. This really tore me up for a few days. I wasn’t sure what to do. I want to use the word atheist out loud and on purpose to normalize the experience, but my entire business is based on trust. And since we all know atheists are baby eaters, there’s no way any church is going to trust me if I’m actively “promoting the atheist cause”. And what is this cause? ATHEIST ARE JUST PEOPLE, EVERY DAY PEOPLE.
So, for now, I’ve decided to be honest about my disbelief but not public. Does that make sense? Basically, everyone who asks me, I’ll tell them I’m an atheist. But I can’t broadcast it or appear to fight against the church, unless I want to write off the entire Christian community as customers.
This is my temporary position. I hope to change it. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the Accidental Atheist.
I’m pretty upset right now.