No matter how carefully you teach ABOUT religion…

…someone (guess who?) will feel persecuted:

…. One student objected that I was singling out Christianity. Another objected to what I was implying about the religion. I’m not sure I even used the word “Christian” in my description of the above examples, but I certainly wouldn’t argue it. But I found it fascinating that connecting Islam with 9/11 was acceptable, but for certain students (both born-agains), the idea of connecting Christianity with bad behavior was unacceptable. I also found it interesting that despite accusations of insulting Christianity, I never made a value judgment. I stated what certain people had done and presented evidence pertaining to the factualness of their claims. If a listener comes to the conclusion that these people were behaving badly, that would be their judgment, not mine.

…and it is hard to teach a person who does not live in a world of facts and reality:

He’s a continuing source of frustration because he cannot objectify anything. He turns every writing assignment into a propaganda and/or evangelizing piece (including random Bible quotes) at the expense of the actual assignment. I’m always super-defensive about being able to justify every single point I take away from him so that he can’t cry religious persecution.

One response to “No matter how carefully you teach ABOUT religion…

  1. Keep teaching this anyway. It seems like it falls on deaf ears, but you don’t know which students can’t stop your lecture from replaying in their heads over and over again in the middle of the night. Many times the born again Christians who have the most violent reaction against criticism or information that doesn’t fit in with their worldview, are the ones that are already having serious doubts. It may take years, but reality can break through the facade. I was a born again Christian for over a decade (raised that way, but not a serious believer until my teens and 20s), and I was finally able to break out of the self-imposed prison. In fact, when I went to church regularly, sometimes the pastor would call for people to raise their hands to see how long they’d been born again. There were always a lot of hands for 1 and 2 years. A smattering for 5 years, and 2 or 3 hands for 10 years+. So anecdotally, at least, it seems to me that many, many people fall away after the honeymoon is over and they realize that the “Jesus loves everyone and so do we” front is just that, a front, and that once you get inside, you are subject to the judgmentalism and pressure to conform that doesn’t look so much like unconditional love any more. It’s an interesting phenomena. I don’t know if it still is happening or if the mega churches have found a way to keep people active for a longer time.
    Well, I’ve babbled enough.