Discrimination When People Google Your Name & Find You On This Forum?

Hello, I just joined Atheist Nexus. I'm grateful to have found a safe environment of like-minded peoples :)

In this age of Internet Surfing... have any of you suffered negative effects when others 'google' your name (for whatever reason) and see that you are a member of this forum? This Yuma AZ is a good-ole-boy small town and I've already encountered bigotry from being an 'out' Lesbian. 

If anyone has experienced such, can you please suggest how one might handle negativity/hate? I'm well known here due to my former Fire Dept PR position & professional community involvement. I also just included my photo. I'm certainly not afraid, but want to be prepared as I am judged more for speaking out as non-religious, than speaking out as gay, ha.

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Comment by LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist on September 13, 2012 at 3:12pm

Matthew Greenberg: Matthew, per your post.... my name also comes up on Atheist blog sites as I used my real name early on. I have been unemployed for months and I''m sure HR God-promoters are discriminating against me. I suggest you start putting your name on 'professional' sites like LinkedIn etc and hope that when people Google you, those sites will pop up first and people won't continue to read. List the things you WANT people to know, your assets. Good luck to you!

Comment by matthew greenberg on November 12, 2011 at 11:45am

update on this:  i was surprised to find that while at a friend's house, i again googled my name.  the 2nd page of google searches turned up my profile here.  no need to sign in to atheist nexus or anything, my whole page is available for anyone to view.  this is dissappointing, and i'm wondering if there is anything that can be done about it.

Comment by Earther on November 9, 2011 at 8:35pm

That is why my name is Earther.

Comment by Ted E Bear on November 9, 2011 at 5:24pm
Welcome to the internets, everything is public.. This is why I never take naked pictures of myself, that, and there is no market for hobbit porn.
Comment by Pat on November 9, 2011 at 3:43pm

Welcome Adele and Matthew.  Glad you're here.  

To be honest, I don't have a clue how you should handle it.  However, all I can say is welcome to the most distrusted and despised minority in the US - atheists. 


As for me, my attitude is, "If you want to have a rational discussion, great.  I'll even spring for the first coffee, beer, drink, whatever.  If you're going to try and convert me, or tell me I'm going to burn for all eternity, then pick a body cavity and do what come unnatural to you."

As I get older, I get more crusty and outspoken about this. But, I'm in a business where I too have clients.  Most know I'm an atheist, but there are a few that would probably drop me if they knew.  I don't go out of my way to discuss it, but then again, I don't hide it, either. My attitude is, if they drop me, they drop me.  On the other hand, my business is not dependent on a single, or only a few, clients.  I can see where that would be problematic.

Again, Welcome!



Comment by matthew greenberg on November 9, 2011 at 2:21pm

Adele, I too am new here and what you described was a concern of mine as well.  The first thing I did after joining was to google my name and see what turned up.  Fortunately, it was very little, nothing in fact, regarding anything I have or had put on this site.  Somehow, my name was linked through someone else's discussion, but when I clicked on the provided link, I was nowhere to be found. 


My concern is a very specific one - I work closely and rely on income from a client that is Orthodox in their faith.  I specifically avoid Atheist themes in my Facebook account, only delving into the Biology of Evolution as a "risque" topic.  I do this for fear that my client may be disconcerted by my beliefs and would cease doing business with me in the future.  I don't know whether my fears are well founded, only that I do not wish to find out. 


That is the reason I joined this forum, and I certainly hope that it provides just the kind of anonymity which I require.  I am not ashamed in any way, but I don't want to risk my business by being overly public. 


I can't recommend how to handle situations that you encounter, but I'm sure others here will be helpful with sound advice.  My general rule of thumb is to answer polite queeries with thoughtful and intelligent answers, and avoid conversations with those whose minds are not open and full of well ingrained doctrinal beliefs.  There is no conversing with those types, so avoidence is usually the best policy. 



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