The Scarlet A
My worst experience with Christian extremism was at a little engineering company in East Texas. They’re out of business now.
In East Texas, politics and religion have merged into one unholy totem. They would listen to the Rush Limbaugh show on the radio, and turn the volume up loud enough that I couldn’t drown him out with my headphones.
I was a particular target, because I was neither Republican nor Baptist, and because my hair was long. There was one bully in particular that would say, loud enough for the whole room to hear, “You know, the bible says that long hair on men is an abomination before God!” Then he’d peer up over the side of his cubicle and give me the side-eye. He wanted to make sure I heard.
My boss was sitting right next to me. He didn’t care. He was one of them.
While I was there, they fired a girl for moving in with her boyfriend. She was excited to be taking a step forward with the man she loved, and made the mistake of telling her coworkers.
She was fired for adultery. Seriously. That’s legal here.
And I was out the door not too far behind her.