One of the many hats I wear to make extra money on occasion while I plod on through my second attempt at higher education is a purveyor of handcrafted caffeinated beverages (read: coffee). And at this particular location where people pay $5 for shredded, soaked beans coated in sugar and lactose there are a great deal of religious people. You see, there is a very expensive, very beautiful Christian private college next door and we are inundated with students wearing all kinds of Jeebus merchandise.
You know the drill. Intersection necklaces. Crown-o-thorn beanies. Random words from an ancient Jewish historical fiction book with military time stamps next to them. Or something.
Anyway, it occurred to me that there aren’t many “symbols” us non-religious folks can wear to indicate our distance from the brainwashed masses. After a bit of googling I found this merchant on Etsy who makes hand-made Atheist necklaces from silver. There are many different styles, and you could go with a slightly less blunt version; “skeptic” or “freethinker” or even “heathen.”
I received mine a couple of weeks ago and just had to share how happy I am with it. Gets the point a cross, eh?
The only question I have is if you, my readers, have any experience with wearing jewelry or clothing items which indicate your atheism. Surely people (especially employers) can’t balk at it, since people of other creeds wear their religious memorabilia all the time. Off the clock I wear this necklace all the time, but I’m curious how much crap I’ll get if I wear it on the job. What do you think?