Do you have the patience to ignore it? I work and live in the Philippines, an extremely superstitious and religious Catholic/Christian country and everyday I get messages like those in my mail, phone and even facebook. There are "Jesus Saves" banners and signboards everywhere you look and preachers toting Bibles inside buses, 'spreading the word of their god', giving out envelopes to everyone and if you don't take it they shove it in between your lap. I say i'm atheist and I don't really give to a church whose activities I'm not sure of. They say it's ok. I donate to a Christian organization which works with children in this place beside a mountain (literally) of garbage/dumpsite by sending them to school, picking the kids up one by one, give them a bus ride to school and back. If not, these kids won't come to school or learn anything at all. The work they do is something I can't. I work for an international aid organization which sometimes partner with religious groups and organizations. They do great things but they never push their beliefs on others.
People know i'm atheist but they don't rub it on my face all the time by being persistently evangelical. Our office meetings start with prayers and I bow, I don't close my eyes, a form of respect to what others believe in. In some ways, I gained their respect. I let them do what they think is good for them. Most of us struggle to live a moral life, atheist or not. They find meaning in their faith, I find meaning in my readings on evolution.
This Christmas, a Christian friend gave me Jared Diamonds "Guns Germs and Steel' as a present. I thought it was the Bible before I unwrapped it. He told me he couldn't find Dawkins. I said I was not very keen on Dawkins.
I thought maybe all of us should learn a bit more of tolerance.
Our office meetings start with prayers and I bow
a) that's messed up.
b) I dunno what I'd do, probably fold my arms, look bored and wear my 'get on with it' frown...
Clearly, this is over the line. This is a challenge. As you are a "temp" they are likely to get rid of you than accept reality. These are folks that are out of touch with appropriate realities of the work place. As I live in the South-- I deal with this crap on a regular basis-- but not directly from the HR department or other "official" bosses-- I suggest that you begin a file and keep the e-mails. You could reply that you do not want to receive any of these "personal" emails in a work environment. If it continues-- keep a record and a copy of all of these on a personal flash drive so they cannot get into your computer and deleat it before you take any action. If the problem continues, repeat the polite request for them to quit or "leave you out" of such communications. If it still continues, submit an official complaint. Be concise, polite and professional. (Yes, we always need to be the grownups in this!) If it still continues, then get in touch with the ACLU in your state. Be prepared to be fired in the process and to get a lot of nasty looks. I know, I get them all the time (but they cannot fire me!). If you are willing to make a point of this-- you can. They are clearly violating the law. The problem is, that to get it redressed legally-- you will have to go through the court system which may take a long time. This is a hard thing to do in an economy where ready employment opportunities are lacking. It is, of course, unfair to put you and everyone in such a position. That's what pioneers have to do. Good luck!