Article: The Thaw, Evangelical Teens, and Persecution Complexes

Please read the article here and proceed to enjoy the comments – they are wonderful (as always).

Love this person’s comment:

“Why can’t I pray in school?”

You can. Go ahead. Bow your head in the classroom or cafeteria and start praying. As long as you’re not being loud and disruptive while you’re doing it, nobody will do anything to stop you.

“Why do I have to check my religion at the door?”

This is hilarious to me, given that nobody questions a child wearing crosses or T-shirts with Bible verses on them, but the second a kid comes into school wearing a pentacle, Om, or hijab, there’s a huge stink about it. Christians aren’t the ones who have to “check their religion at the door;” it’s everybody else.

“Why can’t I write about God in my school papers?”

I have never heard of anyone receiving even the slightest reprimand for writing about God. Writing about how your religion’s rules should apply to people who aren’t members of your religion is not “writing about God.”

“Why do I have to tolerate people cursing my God, but I am not allowed to talk about God and my faith?”

Cursing in general tends to be frowned upon in schools. As for talking, you should save that for after class, regardless of the subject. You’re supposed to be discussion the lesson when you’re in class, so you can learn. That’s kind of what schools are for.

“Why are they taking God out of my history books?”

Because it’s a history class, not a religion class. Religion is only relevant to history class insofar as people’s religious beliefs have led them to do certain things.

“Why do they teach every other theory in science except creation?”

See the above. Creation is an aspect of religion, not a scientific theory. Science class is for science, not religion.

Plus, there are multiple forms of creationism, because every religion in the world has its own creation story. Would you like students to be taught that the world was created by Odin All-Father from the bones of Ymir the Frost Giant? No? Then SHUT UP ABOUT CREATIONISM IN SCHOOLS, ALREADY.

“Why am i called names because I believe in marriage the way got designed it?”

Because marriage has changed dramatically since biblical times even before gay people got involved. Unless you believe that marriage is a property transfer of a woman/servant from her father to her husband (a purchase, if you will) and that a man is perfectly OK to “own” as many wives as he can afford, then yes, you believe in marriage the way it was originally designed in ancient times. The rest of us prefer to treat marriage as a partnership rather than a purchase, thankyouverymuch.

“Why can’t Tim Tebow praise God after making a touchdown without causing a national uproar?”

Hmm, let’s see what the Bible has to say about Tebow’s excessively-public displays of faith. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Gee, I wonder if that could be why we’re upset?

“In public school, dating is an obligation.”

That’s funny, because I went to a public high school and graduated without being on a single date. I was mocked, sure, but not for not dating. I was mocked because I acted like an annoying little shit.

“What we see in our health classes—“sex education” FOURTH grade and up—is pornography.”

Please explain to me how a diagram of the inside of a penis is in any way the same thing as a Playboy centerfold or a video clip of an actual sex act, because I’m not seeing it. Ditto for the diagrams of the female reproductive system, which could not possibly be any less erotic than they already are.

“People make fun of me because I don’t believe in abortion.”

No, people make fun of you because of the way that you express your opposition to abortion. There’s a difference.

Jesus said “blessed are you if you’re persecuted because of me,” not “blessed are you if people think you’re annoying” or “you are persecuted if people just disagree with you and aren’t forcing you to do anything.” ~ The_L1985  

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