Category Archives: Question of Atheist Scruples

Question of Atheist Scruples – real life edition

An ex reaches out with this suggestion — what would you think of donating sperm? A bit of anonymous backstory — Relationships can be complicated and long lasting, even if the participants aren’t really in each other’s social circles anymore. … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – trust in the workplace

You think you are a trusted employee. But after a theft, you are asked to submit to a lie detector test. Do you? The point of a polygraph machine is to measure physiological changes. It’s not catching lies so much … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – family ties

When you had a baby out of wedlock, the father and his family cut you off. Later, the father died in an accident and now his mother wants to know her grandchild. Do you allow it? Was this a one … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – Teach your children well

You are an English teacher. A student who is failing your subject needs the credit to get into nursing. Do you pass the student? Of course not. I’d remind said student that if s/he approached the nursing courses with the … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – Walk on by?

Late for an important engagement, you spy an old acquaintance who is down on his luck and often drunk. Do you cross the street to avoid being detained? Yes. Next question? Am I heartless? Maybe a little. What kind of … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – student atheist edition

Nice! Your 15-year-old refuses to stand and repeat the Lord’s Prayer at school. She says she is an atheist. Do you support her right to refuse? Fuck yeah. I’m reminded of a news article from earlier this year here in … Continue reading

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Question of Atheist Scruples – how much does it cost to find yourself?

Your son wants to drop out of college for a year “to find himself.” He asks you to subsidize him. Do you? I think not. If he wants to go and work in some other country or travel the world … Continue reading

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