Being an atheist is bittersweet

I’ve recently read about how atheists are the least desirable candidates for positions in politics. Bill Maher and Jon Stewart had a conversation about this on one of the recent daily show episodes and I’ve seen several articles on the subject. But it seems that what’s true for politics isn’t the same for the business world.


The University of Connecticut sent out six thousand applications to various businesses, using no religious affiliation as the control set. The experimental applications and resume used several religions including Islam, Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Judaism, and a fake religion they called Wallonian. Also included was Atheism, the lack of a religion. The results were rather astounding as they showed that there was a continual preference for those who did not associate themselves with any religion to those who identified with a religion. Kyle Glatz, World Religions News (Source here).

Religious discrimination is going both ways in the US. Depending on the situation, your religion could be working with you or against you. It’ll be interesting to see how this changes within the next few years. As an atheist I dislike that my lack of religion would prevent me from pursuing politics, but it seems that I’ll have a much easier time finding a job.

It looks like our government isn’t very secular, and at the same time our business world isn’t very tolerant.




  1 comment for “Being an atheist is bittersweet

  1. June 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    It may be that we need new, positive, terms, not to hide nontheism but to keep a more inclusive and welcoming attitude. I usually say Freethinker. At a recent interfaith gathering this caused a few others to say, “I’m a freethinker too!” Though deeper conversation would no doubt reveal diff in belief, I took it as positive, with an interest in collaboration, rather than competition. Good, thoughtful posts here.

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