About 2 months ago I participate in an examination for a governmental job there were many participant for position that I had booked fortunately I was successful in competition with 30 – 40 people. that examination included two parts : an specific questions which were computer related (my field)and general questions. This part were mostly religious and politic questions!!
My score in both parts were great. About one month ago they announced the result and I became glad until a few days ago that they invited me for an interview. It was a little weird for me because that position just needs one person and they had just announced my name.
when I went there for interview a long beard man asked me some religious questions like how do I pray and the Islamic laws praying laws and … (it s a common process in Iran to get a governmental job). I answer all his question very good except two very simple question about some Arabic sentences that Muslims say during praying. I knew these sentences very well because I was good Muslim and I used to pray 5 times a day but when he asked me I mixed them up however I corrected them at last but he found out that I don’t pray regularly!!!
When I left his room I was angry that why I had to answer those questions why I had to pretend to be a Muslim and … and also to reduce my chance to get that job. But for a moment I became a little happy for forgetting those bullshits.
I remembered when I left Islam I was thinking that weather I could live a day without mental existence called god. Because god attended in my mind for many years and got used to feel him observing me in all times . but this event proved me that from that god just a pale memory has remained and now I feel happy and pride for it.

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Comment by Clarence Dember on May 2, 2011 at 8:24pm
I stopped attending fraternal meetings with a similar result. Once I understood my judgment and volition was being traded away for duty in a deontological affiliation I removed myself from this obligation. Concepts are superior to ritual or instinct if they are properly derived from sensory data instead of "revelation & whim."
Comment by ObscureAtheist on May 25, 2009 at 1:58pm
Thank you all for your concerns i am careful.
Comment by unholyroller on May 25, 2009 at 2:59am
Daniel is correct. Your safety is of utmost importance. Do what you have to do to survive until you can leave.
All my best to you,
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 23, 2009 at 6:07pm
It's easy for those of us in nations like Australia and the U.S to go on about how our counties are secular in name but not in practice, however we must never forget how much more difficult life is for those who live in countries like Iran. For me personally I think I'd have to leave the country rather than fake belief. Of course for some people that simply isn't an option due to financial reasons or because it's easier to lie then to leave family behind etc.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 23, 2009 at 6:02pm
Almost forgot - about 12 years ago when I was interviewing for hospital jobs, one was in a Catholic-run hospital group. I thought that I did well in the interview. However, then they gave me a 100 question exam that was based on psychological testing, but at the same time they said that my job would not be based on it. It had questions like "Do you become emotional when watching ballet?" and questions related to obedience to authority. What liars. I was better off not to have had the job, but I still felt burned.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 23, 2009 at 5:58pm
I hope that you got the job anyway. There are some situations where you have to fake it, and yours is one. Your safety is important. So is your well being.

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