April 28th, 2008



How do you tell students online that their preaching god at their fellow students is just plain not acceptable?

One student posted about how hard she was working to complete her degree because it's something she always wanted, and she got this reply:


I don't know whether the first student is a Christian or not, but that's exactly the point. What if this student was Jewish? Never mind, atheist? How do you get across to these people that this, however well-intentioned, might be potentially rude and insulting. If 77% of Americans are Christian that means 3 out of 4... but that also means 1 out of 4 AREN'T!

Further down, she adds this to her intro:

My youngest son was involved in a serious car accident on x/xx/08 [date redacted to protect the innocent] where he died at the scene and God restored him. So I'm dealing with that and the Frontal Lobe Traumatic Brain Injury as a result that has affected his short term memory, critical thinking and problem solving skills which he has to have 24/7 supervision until released from doctor's care(about 12 months).

I understand that she's talking here about her personal reaction -- never mind how irrational it is (god brought him back to life but left him with long-term brain damage... good job there) -- but why does everything have to be about god?

But really, what do you say? In person, I can use "the look", but online, I almost have to email her in private, and as much as a smart ass as I sometimes come across as, I'm not sure I'm ready to take that step unless it continues.

And then another student in my other class does pretty much the same kind of thing: My personal interests is God of which I am thankful every day for the daily bread.


Every time one of these sessions start I dread the religious intros. Why, oh why???