I brought up the fact that atheists are the least popular minority in America to someone the other day and they replied with something along the lines of, “Perhaps, but it’s not like you guys are the victims of discrimination.”
I told him that it doesn’t happen as often as it does for other minorities mainly because unless someone tells you that they are an atheist then you’re unlikely to know about it in the first place, but that there are still examples of discrimination to be found:
The official reason for Cantwell’s firing in November 2006 was “poor job performance,” but the commission’s investigator, Barbara Lelli, said Cantwell received no written warnings about performance problems.
Cantwell, who was provided housing he shared with a non-married partner, two of his children and three of her children, said he was criticized by DeCoster, a devout Christian, who didn’t approve of the living arrangement.
On another occasion, DeCoster brought up God in a conversation, and Cantwell responded by saying he was an atheist and didn’t believe in God.
Cantwell told the investigator that DeCoster put his hand on his shoulder and told him: “I can’t have someone like you here. We might need to part ways.”
What’s he afraid of? That some freethinking cooties will rub off on him? Be a real shame if he suddenly developed an ability for reasoned thought.