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One of the most painful topics I have found in the Black Nonbelievers Facebook group ts the people who feel ostracized at work by religious co-workers. This is a particular problem when you work with African-Americans. Co-workers share their religious experiences at length at break, during a crisis or just hanging out in the hallway. It can seem awkward not chiming out “bless you” automatically when someone sneezes. And people may ask to be kept in prayer during moments of crisis. One begins to feel a little strange

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If you look around everyone’s office, you find that classic sign assuring you that God is in charge of taking care of people’s problems. This may seem contradictory because people work very hard at working on solutions for their clients. In that effort, they use reason, evidence, empathy and compassion, the kind of things your garden variety humanist might do.

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In the climactic,moment of triumph and empowerment, a believer is most likely to exclaim “God is Good” before taking credit for their own good deeds. This seems contradictory and lazy in the sense, you’re throwing away all that hard work. But as Sherlock Holmes would say, the work is its own reward. That and an IRA.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 24, 2015 at 11:43am

Unicorn in your shoe is a great quote.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 24, 2015 at 11:43am

Felaine, I love your comment : ""God" is always busy watching sparrows drop dead."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 2:21am

Grinning Cat, it would not "embiggen" and that is OK. I Googled "Matthew Shults, shoe, unicorn" and got this: 

“You’re allowed to believe in a god. You’re allowed to believe unicorns live in your shoes for all I care. But the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don’t upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you. The day you start involving the unicorns in making decisions for this country, I have a BIG problem with you.”


― Matthew Shultz

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm

...Before i get started at this office i need to make it known that i do not acknowledge your bodily functions so if you want to bless yourself or ask another for a blessing it is okay with me...And I say this so none of you mistake my silence for rudeness...I interpret the blessing of coughs as a societal idiosyncracy and choose not to partake in it....

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 23, 2015 at 8:45pm

You're allowed to believe in a god. You're allowed to believe unicorns live in your shoes for all I care. But the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don't upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you. The day you start involving the unicorns in making decisions for this country, I have a BIG problem with you. --Matthew ShultzBertold, that's a perfect response, all right!

Amanda, that's a good rejoinder as well! A god that doesn't take requests is indistinguishable from a god that's imaginary. "Talking" to a personification of one's hopes and ideals is one thing, but when people try to restrict my life in the name of their god -- NO.

As Matthew Shultz said, when people involve the unicorns in their shoes in making decisions for the country, I have a big problem with that. (Click the image to embiggen it.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 23, 2015 at 8:08pm

I love Christopher Hitchens' response.

Annoying religionist: I'll pray for you.

C.H.: I'll think for you.

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 23, 2015 at 6:55pm

I had to watch myself. I used to always say "no thank you" when someone would bless me when sneezing... hahaha

Now I just say that God isn't taking requests.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2015 at 6:33pm

OH I hate having to look up these damnable acronyms and I can never remember them. STFU = Shut The Fuck Up! 

OK, I want simplicity, efficiency, effectiveness, ... I need a brain transplant! I can't remember any of the easiest ones. 

As to "Have a blessed day" I wonder if we could come up with one of those funny sayings, such as 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2015 at 9:22am

"God" is always busy watching sparrows drop dead.

Comment by Michael Penn on March 23, 2015 at 8:23am

I'm always hearing "have a blessed day" and I highly resent it. Driving at work daily I pass a sign put up by the Assemblies of God church that reads "God can do anything." The sign immediately makes me think of the many, many things that god never does and never did do.

Why do people (black or white) feel this way about god? They go to services, shout, dance around, and get the "tinglies" every week. That must make god real, huh.

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