Originally Posted by leekohler
Really? I have no trouble being either gay or an atheist here in Chicago- talk about it all the time.
Maybe it's just a combination of the fact that I work in a more conservative industry and have an extreme distrust of religion. For example, I would never bring up my Atheism in a conversation with my manager. I don't know his religious beliefs, hell, for all I know, he could hate religion more than I do. But he could be a religious whacko. I don't know. We don't discuss it. But when me and someone else are both up for a promotion and only one of us can get it, I don't want him to choose the other guy because I'm Atheist. Not that I could prove that's why I didn't get it.
My friends know I'm an Atheist and don't care, they wouldn't be my friends if they did. My family knows and don't care. But I try to keep it out of the workplace or conversations with strangers.
Although it was refreshing - a few weeks ago someone moved to our team from another one and on his second day here, myself, him and a couple others went out to lunch and I don't even know how the conversation shifted in that direction, but he said he was a very liberal Atheist. Ex-military too, so a rare breed. Told him we're going to be good friends! Maybe I'll take that as a cue from him and make it my new years resolution - tell anybody and everybody that I'm an Atheist should religion come up, consequences be damned.