So, here is the story.

The company we scraped together is registered in Sharjah and the country we ar operating in is mainly Christian.

1. If I had written atheist on the application in Sharjah the company would not have been registered
2. If I were to admit, here in the country we are working in that I am an atheist we would have no business
3. Some Internet researcher had found my name, my own name that I had posted with a few years ago and said straight – if he is an atheist we will not do any business with them…
4. The fact that I was concerned about the fate of Afghani women and the terrible life they are forced to live when I wrote was to the religious, no excuse. I was (and am) a nonbeliever.

Question is – am I selling out?

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Comment by Daniel W on May 18, 2013 at 11:32am

Here is definition of "selling out" on wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selling_out

"compromising of integrity, morality, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.[1] In terms of music or art, selling out is associated with attempts to tailor material to a mainstream or commercial audience"

Even though your organization is not music or art, I'm guessing, the definition can apply to other issues.

I don't know if you are selling out or not - you can define that.  Sometimes we have to compromise our principles to accomplish a higher principle.  It's up to you as to how you feel about it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 18, 2013 at 11:17am

No, I would do the same as you.

Comment by Steph S. on May 17, 2013 at 9:16pm

No you are just fine.

Comment by Rachel Riley on May 17, 2013 at 5:51pm

You have to do what you have to do. It's a shame you have to hide the fact that you don't buy into mythology, but after investing so much to start a company I understand that you don't want it to tank.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 17, 2013 at 3:59pm

You're cool. Don't worry about it.

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