posted on Apr, 2 2012 @ 07:30 PM
My husband was "forced to resign" today from an NRA call center for being an atheist. I'm pretty much only writing this because I'm quite mad
about this and needed to let off some steam. Thus, the call center/area where this happened will remain anonymous except for the fact that it was an
NRA call center.
I think some background information is necessary to understand why this is pretty absurd. My husband and I have recently moved to a different area of
the state. We've only been here for two weeks and we are still looking for employment. My husband has previously cold called for the Republican party
without issue some years ago and his previous job was a hymn and gospel host for two years for a local radio station. He really has no problem with
doing this kind of work (and none of his bosses ever had a problem with him being non-religions) because he respects other peoples religion/ideology
even if it conflicts with his own. To him its just a job and as long as hes getting paid, no issue.
When he applied for this job he didn't know he would be working for the NRA because the call center in question has three different divisions and the
NRA just happened to be the place that they ended up putting him. The person who interviewed him knew that he was non-religions and a liberal, and
they themselves admitted to him that they had the same views, so he felt confident that this would be a non-issue. The job required about a week of
full time job training, and today was actually his first day of training. This is where the story begins.
He sat in the class for 5 hours, and everything was going well until the old woman who was in charge of the class mentioned that they all had to
become members of the NRA in order to work for them. I feel that they probably should have told him this information before he agreed to take the job.
Anyway, my husband (admittedly, probably very stupidly) asked if there was any way he could "opt out" of having to do this. The old woman became
very mean and asked "Why would you ever want to do that." My husbands response was that the NRA was a lobbyist organization and while he had no
problem working in a call center for them, he really did not want to have to become member. She said "Yeah, so?" and pretty much told him that there
was no way out of having to become a member, and my husband conceded that he would do so if he must.
Later in the day, while they were on break, the old woman asked everyone to say what they did for Easter, and they all when around the room and told
their stories. When it came to my husbands turn, he simply said "I didn't really do anything." and the old woman walked up to him, put her face in
his face and said "Now, why is that?". My husband replied and said "Well, I am non-religious, and I don't really celebrate religious holidays."
The old woman's face turned very red and she stormed out of the room.
Here is where it gets interesting.
A while later they called him into the managers office to confront him about his beliefs. The old woman, still obviously angry was sitting in a chair
in the corner with her arms crossed, and the call center manager did the rest of the talking. My husband explained that he had previously worked for
the Republican party as fund raiser, and that he was a hymn and gospel host at his previous job and never let his own personal beliefs interfere with
his job. The manager explained that my husband may occasionally lead potential donors in prayer over the phone and my husband said that he wouldn't
have an issue with this if it was part of the job. The manager then said that they didn't want him walking around the call center spreading his
"radical" beliefs, and that they didn't appreciated the "lies" he said about the NRA in front of the other trainees, even though it was the old
woman trainer who had prompted him to answer in front of the class. Again, my husband explained that this would not be a problem. I really think they
were just trying to get him to quit before they resorted to what came next.
This back and forth when on for a while and they eventually presented him with a letter of resignation and asked him to sign it. My husband at this
point called them out and said "I know why you are doing this. You don't want me to sue you over firing me for being an atheist." The call center
manager simply asked him again to sign the resignation. They wouldn't let him leave. He sat in the office for over an hour after this point, trying
to be strong but eventually he decided that he would sign the paper and avoid dragging his family though the nightmare of trying to sue the NRA.
Personally, I was kind of mad about that, but after thinking it through, it was probably the best course of action.
So, there you have it. Religious prejudiced from an organization that claims to fight for the constitutional rights of all Americans.
Also, Mods, I put this into "The Gray Area" because this is a personal story, and I do believe there was an conspiracy exposed here, but if you need
to you may move it to the "Rant Forum".
Thanks for reading.