Full disclosure: I wrote this yesterday at work because I just CAN NOT stand this certain employee, who not only goes on and on about religion, but also not-so-subtley throws massive amounts of shade my way in almost any way she can. She knows this irritates me and she also knows that there is nothing I can do about it.
I normally do not do this, because though I am an atheist, I do understand that people have the right to believe whatever the hell they want (I’m looking at you, Pastafarians), but I find it completely ridiculous and offensive (Yes, I know everyone in my generation is “offended” by basically everything, but this is actually offensive and not OK in the workplace) that some employees at my office just openly talk about religion, being saved, how they are a servant of god, and quote the bible on a daily basis. Now, I guess that would somewhat ok, if you did it privately or in someone’s office who shares the same sentiments as you, but DO NOT do it in front of desk..in the middle of the lobby..in front of guests–OR ME.
If I was to bring in, let’s say, a statuette of Baphomet, people would lost their shit. Complaints would be made, judgements passed–which isn’t very Christian of them–and I’d be told to take it down. And of course you can’t go to HR and complain about the Christians doing this because then it brings religious activist groups and the whole freedom of religion thing into play. The fucking double standard. I wish I didn’t have to basically hide what I “believe” or lack thereof in the workplace for fear of coworkers treating me differently.
Furthermore, since I am talking about how silly and somewhat “unfair” the workplace can be, having tattoos or wildly colored hair, this shouldn’t be an issue in this day and age. I don’t see how having, let’s say, purple hair would be deemed unprofessional as long as I do my job correctly? Along these same lines, I am not even allowed to wear a small, nostril-hugging hoop or I will be sent home. I fully understand that my septum piercing might be a little much for guests and I’m fine with wearing outside of work because that’s what I do normally, but my point remains that this is ridiculous. What SHOULD matter is my work ethic, if I’m polite to others, if I don’t come into work wearing clothes not meant for the work setting, if I look like am well put together, and am overall an easy person to work with. What doesn’t matter is my lack of religious beliefs, the fact that I have tattoos that are easily concealed, or what fucking color my hair may be.
Ok. I’ve said my piece. I’ll get off my soapbox, put my head down, and silently trudge through the day.
Rant over. Thanks for reading.