I am currently a college student in the United States. Within the next year, it is my goal to be a sworn law enforcement officer, though that all depends on when and where I get that opportunity. I am also an atheist, a skeptic, and a humanist. For some reason, many of my fellow Americans appear to believe that this means that I lack morals, and am untrustworthy.
That leads into my next topic, what this blog will not be. It will not be a highly personal account of my experiences leading up to, and after my becoming a police officer. There are other bloggers equally qualified to write those stories, and I will be keeping this blog as anonymous as possible for the time being. While I am open about who I am and what I believe with my friends, I have no way of knowing how my beliefs will affect my ability to get the job I want, given that I live in one of the more conservative states in the bible belt. Other accounts on the Internet lead me to believe that I am being overly cautious, but I will be better able to assess that once I’m hired.
This blog also will not be an expert’s account on law enforcement. I claim no expertise in that area as yet. Any opinions I express are to be taken with a grain of salt, because I don’t have the training or the experience to be considered an expert. I will, however, do my best to live up to my skeptical ideals and not hold a position without some supporting evidence.
Now for what this blog will be. I hope to write about law enforcement from a skeptical perspective. I would like to combat the belief that atheists are necessarily immoral and less worthy than theists. I also would like to discuss topics of opportunity such as feminism, separation of church and state, and creationism/evolution. Hopefully the variety means you won’t get bored!