Last week over at Friendly Atheist, HemantÂ posted a letter from one of his readers. The reader, Atheist Amy, is unemployed and behind on her mortgage. She had an interview coming up with a fundamentalist Christian organization, and was worried, if she did land the job, how she could function in an evangelical environment.
In the past I’ve asked if you guys would take on an anti-skeptical job, and the consensus was yes, you would, if it meant keeping your homes and keeping your children fed. Today I’m wondering how far you would go to get that job and keep it.
Atheist Amy said that on her cover letter she threw in a few Praise Jesuses for good measure. She would more than likely have to pass herself off as a Christian to keep the job. With the economy where it is right now, I can hardly blame her. I’m ready to start making my own homeopathic herbal remedies for baby cancer (and test it on puppies) just to make a few bucks… and my saint of a husband has been nice to Oprah on more than one occasion.
I don’t know if I could assist in psychic surgery or talk someone out of getting chemo or convince parents not to vaccinate or evangelize for Scientology as a full time job. But the possibility of getting a paycheck makes it tempting.
How far would you go to get or keep a job? Would you or could you live a lie at work? Could you do a job that required you to be an active participant in anti-skepticism?
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