I was wondering the other day: what are the religious demographics of the Foundation? On some sites, of course, the staff has to be all of a certain faith, but at the major sites like 19, how does the Foundation handle faith? Are there churches, synagogues, mosques? Last rites for sick personnel?
I imagine that (343 notwithstanding) if you're working at the foundation you don't hold much faith in god after a while
I imagine that, along with mental illness, faith is allowed, but probably not indulged over much. If you're able to keep the faith after seeing 106 pull out someone's bones like a overcooked chicken, more power to you.
makes the staff barbeques awkward too
They're usually conducted with flamethrowers anyways, aren't they? Hard to get more awkward than realizing the co-worker you just immolated to prevent a Keter outbreak smells delicious.
Pretty much this. I've written a tale with a devout (converted) Hindu MTF Agent who prays before every mission, and one of my characters in Bright's new RP is a devout Christian, but generally speaking, I would assume that most employees of the Foundation who have any kind of direct interaction with Items (especially the weirder or more dangerous ones) tend to lose their faith after a while. They might maintain the form (praying, going to services, wearing a holy symbol, etc.), but they wouldn't really believe any more.
On the other hand, we do have several SCP Items that have containment procedures requiring (or forbidding) people who are devout believers in an appropriate religion, so I don't think that the Foundation completely ignores their employees' religious backgrounds and beliefs.
Giving bearhugs to the unsuspecting since 1872.
My headcanon is that while the majority of the Foundation is non-religious, most of the large Foundation sites have a nondenominational chapel or meditation garden or something along those lines, and some might even have nominal services and a few clerical staff.
The Foundation has a lot of staff with advanced science backgrounds, and so I imagine they'd be disproportionately non-religious compared to the general population. The site is written with a Western perspective, so in the minds of the writers I would say that those who are religious will tend to be of a Judeo-Christian flavor.
What could be interesting about this is what sort of things does a longtime, repeatedly traumatized Foundation employee come to believe? You would imagine that any visions of a just, benevolent god(s) are completely shredded in the first couple containment breaches. But you can't really be all "hmm, guess there's nothing then" after seeing some of the insane shit that the Foundation has locked up.
I picture some old, battle-scarred veteran of an MTF stopping before an operation commences and pouring out a bag of Reese's Pieces in honor of Flibwick, the Mad Five-Eyed Administrator of Doorknobs, the Broom Closet at Site-43 and Continued Kidney Function.
I was wondering if some members of the Foundation would dislike and distrust religious people simply because any religious person is essentially more loyal to a fricken' big, invisible SCP than to the Foundation.
I was toying with the idea about the Christian apocalypse arriving, and the more religious agents having second thoughts about whether they should be stopping it or going with it.
"How can you still…believe, after all this?”
“Are you kidding? How can you not?”
“What are you talking about?”
“Look around. Look at everything we do, everything we deal with. Tell me that it doesn't feel like, somewhere, somehow, some entity is sitting at a cosmic workbench going 'oh, they think they have a grasp on reality now? Wait 'till they see this'.”
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Seconded with great enthusiasm and bacon chocolate chip cookies.
I may have to work it in to a tale someday. Most staff are generally messed up people…but every so often, you get those people that just don't give a damn. It all just rolls off like water off a ducks back. I see these people sticking with the "God is real, and he's fucking with us" idea.