In the place I work, or indeed anywhere I have ever worked, I’ve always assumed that I would be different, not differently treated, but just different from the rest of the staff because of my Atheism. I have never experienced this, ever, so this feeling is unfounded, but it’s there all the same.
The worst I’ve ever come across in my strange CV is when I was a student, and applied for the job of Christmas Santa in Clinton Cards store in Cardiff, and was asked in the interview they gave me AFTER I had already gotten the job what my religion was. Atheism, luckily, was first in an alphabetical list of choices, and the guy thought I was just picking the first one that came up. The only thing I thought at the time was, “ If it doesn’t matter what religion I am, why are they asking me?” This is literally the worst persecution I have ever had to go through, and it’s rubbish.
But still I feel different (which is a nice way of saying "better") then everyone else I work with, who I know to be religious. Why Is this? They’ve never done anything to me, and yet whenever the subject comes up I go into the discussion full on. I sometimes feel arrogant or elitist. Like I'm showing off and trying to look smarter then everyone. Is this a problem with anyone else? Is this an Atheist thing or just a me thing?