I am an atheist teacher in America. Our school held a teacher training work day at a local church that was mandatory. I don't know if the school paid the church money to have the meeting there or not. The training speaker told at least one joke that pertained to Jesus humor that only theist would laugh at. There were two very large church posters on stage for all to see about how to be a good christian. There was much chatter about church topics by those who attend this church. How would you feel and what would you do? I was miserable and thought that I was going to lose my mind.

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Comment by Glen Rosenberg on October 13, 2010 at 11:24pm
perils of overidentification-mob rule
Comment by Sicile on October 13, 2010 at 11:21pm
uh, I think we teach in the same school system (west tennessee???)! Seriously - our school system does the same thing! (although I know we don't pay the church for it - maybe some attempt at winning over any of us heathens in the crowd - fat chance!) But I am seriously uncomfortable there. I sit the whole time thinking how much of all this money spent on those two large posters/banners could have gone to help people in the community. Well, that's another blog... anyhow, at my school I am the one and only atheist, so I'm used to hearing all the xtian chatter. I do want to fall through my rectum and hang myself though when our principal leads the prayer at our faculty meetings. UGH! best of luck getting through it....
Comment by Earther on October 13, 2010 at 10:28pm
Wouldn't it feel good if my school said "I am sorry for making a poor judgement and I am going to guarranty that we will never put you in that situation again."
Comment by Brian J Geisler on October 13, 2010 at 9:51am
In that situation, unfortunately you just grin and bear it. I had to go to church recently because I was in a wedding for one of my best friends. It was a full mass...something I haven't attended in who knows how long. The idiots that speak at the pulpit take themselves so damn seriously I just wanted to punch them. So, I found myself privately laughing at little things. I didn't sneer, but I also didn't receive the body and blood of christ (I had a little blood in the limo before it started, if you know what I mean). Anyway, I just looked around and remembered what it was like waste my precious youth in a big, mostly empty, unconversational house. I will say this...I've always enjoyed the architecture. But I DO NOT whisper--fuck that. Unless, of course, mass is in session, out of respect to my fellow humans. I frequent NYC, and I always make a stop at St. Pats. Everyone is usually roaming around with their six inch voices. If I have something to say or a question to ask one of the ushers (more like guards) then I say it. Isn't GOD supposed to hear me?
Comment by Suzie Sly on October 12, 2010 at 10:05pm
I don't see how that could be legal. Seperation of church and state, anyone?

I honestly don't know what I would do in a situation like that. I'd like to say that I'd refuse to go and tell them to stick it if they don't like it. BUT, people have to have jobs, and I'm sure they'd find a reason to fire you if you didn't go. So, I can't really give you any advice, but I feel for ya!

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