Religion… In an English class – By Godless Teen

September 23, 2012 in General, School

I’ve never enjoyed my English classes all that much. Personally, I was always a math and science kid. So, walking into my English class this year, I didn’t expect to learn a whole lot from my teacher.

I was wrong. Apparently, my teacher wants to give us a full course on how to try to preach your religion to your English students.

Recently, we have been forced against our will required to study various sacred texts from across the globe. One of these sacred texts, of course, being the Bible. In the past few weeks, my English teacher has tried to use their ability to teach about the Bible in school as a license to proselytize to us. Now, don’t get me wrong: this isn’t the kind of hardcore, prayer banner, Jessica Ahlquist-type proselytization. This is a bit more subtle, but still an attack on rational thought, as well as historical and scientific accuracy.

I’ll give you more updates to the story as time goes on. However, just to give you a taste of things:

Last week, our teacher had us read the story of the Flood in the Bible. It was a terribly dull read (and one that I had made before), but I survived. Then we started discussing.

It started off innocently enough. Just a brief overview of the story, a few things here and there- nothing much. But then my teacher drops the bomb on us: apparently, that there was some kind of worldwide flood, at some point in history, is a fact!

….Riiiiggghhhtttt…

Of course, the question is asked: what evidence supports that a worldwide flood actually happened? My teacher gives a rather ambiguous response, saying that there’s “scientific and archaeological evidence” to support that one happened, and then, of course, goes on to mention one such piece of “evidence”: the existence of fish fossils on top of mountains (rebutted quite simply with this). I mention that there is another explanation for this occurence, and my teacher responds that sure, there are other explanations for it, it’s all based on perspective, etc, etc. And, to finish it all off, she ends with a comment about, well, how she isn’t a scientist, it’s not like she would know.

But it doesn’t end there.

While we were discussing the Flood story that day, my teacher brought up the question: what does the rainbow at the end of the Flood represent? Well, you’d figure that it would just end at something like “it represents the covenant between God and Noah”. But it didn’t. My teacher, along with the rest of my class, went into great detail about what the rainbow meant. Flip it over, and it looks like the bottom of Noah’s Ark! Flip it sideways, and it makes a “C” for “covenant”! My teacher spent an extra amount of time discussing how the rainbow might represent a bridge between the earth and heaven. At this point, I more or less drifted away from the conversation; there was some mention about the “streets of heaven being made of gold”, how one end of the rainbow represents the earth, while the other represents heaven, and suddenly I found myself closing my textbook and getting ready to leave class.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t learn about ancient sacred texts in school. I’m not saying that discussing religion is necessarily harmful. But when you put a person in a position of authority, like being a teacher in a public school, payed for with taxpayer money, you can’t allow them proselytize to their students and give them inaccurate information.

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