I, like many, used to be a conservative Christian. I attended a small, Southern Baptist college. And now, I am thinking WHY? I wrote a blog post on my public-everyone-can-read-it blog, Redheaded Skeptic
, and de-Conversion
picked it up. It sure did create a stir on my Facebook inbox!
Not only did I receive a few odd responses (and one crazy, come back to Jesus book of an email), but I am realizing I should be worried about letters of recommendation. Everyone knows I divorced my youth minister husband and became an atheist. That is quite the scandal in my alma mater! I want to apply to a graduate program this fall, but don't even know where to begin. When I left my husband, I effectively cut off any letter of recommendation I could get from faculty and supervisors (all my work was done in the church under the supervision of the pastor). I really had nothing of my own except school. Now I am realizing that my work belonged to my husband, whom I left, and my schooling belonged to Jesus, which I also left. Finding a job has been close to impossible. (I did find one that I was WAY overqualified for. Even working full time wasn't paying several of my bills, and it was actually more cost-effective to go to school picking up some undergrad pre-med classes that I didn't need letters of recommendation to get into.)
Further proof that religion harms!