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So am I.

This person may not be me, but he or she is not alone. It’s jarring to read my own secret (which is, admittedly, not much of a secret to my readers) on postsecret.com. Have you ever seen your secret(s) on that site? Do you have any secrets?

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Trapped in a Public Prayer

[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Photo by diamondmountain"]Photo by diamondmountain[/caption] We had another round of layoffs at my small Christian workplace this past week. Everyone was gobsmacked, feeling the sadness and stress of more jobs being vacated and our friends having to leave so suddenly. Even though I'm an outspoken atheist, I like the people I work for and do well at my job. I don't want to stay forever, but I'm so happy to still have a place here--no matter how much I disagree with the central mission of the company. It's my job and I appreciate it. After every instance of mass layoffs the entire company meets for a word from the CEO and a time of extended prayer. I usually try to make a discreet exit to the loo in order to avoid uncomfortable--even hypocritical--situations. I certainly don't want to pray, and I even moreso don't want to be a liar or a fake any more than I already may be as a closeted unbeliever. This time I couldn't avoid it. I was stuck. (more…)