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.

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  1. Extremis is always wrong. Nothing good can come of someone who blindly believes in something without thinking about it and who imposes his thought in a violent way.

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  2. Cheryl

    I’m surprised she didn’t take them to the fair labor board.(had it in calif. Protect workers)
    I am Catholic,pro-life(mom to 3 miscarried little ones) . Please accept my apologies for those who hurt you.

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    • Texas is a “right to work” state. That quaint euphemism means your employer can fire you for any reason, or no reason at all- and firing someone for religions reasons is explicitly allowed. The law will not protect us.

      I’m not anti-Catholic or anti-Christian, and I hope I didn’t come across that way. I’m against Mean People, regardless of their rationale. 😉

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      • Cheryl

        👍😀

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  3. In my opinion all extremism is a form of violence

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  4. Don’t get caught doing it in anything but the missionary position there, either. Ol’ son. 🤪

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  5. Well, I really didn’t want to comment but can I just say that firstly your co worker was wrong. What the Bible teaches, what Jesus teaches is love and anyone who preaches the gospel in a judgemental way is not of Christ. I’m a Christian and I would never do that to anyone because that’s not who Christ is and I represent Christ on earth here. Please don’t let one bad experience make you think that that’s how all Christians are, the gospel of Christ grants grace and preaches freedom and most of all love. I’m sorry someone who claimed to represent God misrepresented him and judged you. No one has the right to judge another human being. I’m sorry your Co worker was put through that too.

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