I usually try to leave religion out of the topics I discuss, primarily because it is a hot-button issue for some people. For me, it’s usually not. I’m generally pretty open and easy-going about religious discussions.
That is, so long is no one is trying to convert me.
The odd reality is that I’m currently attending a Christian university for grad school. That is because they offered my major as online only, something that is hard to come by.
So far, the fact that I attend a Christian school as been a non-issue. In fact, many of my classes have had only minimal mention of religion at all. Which is excellent considering I’m studying government and criminal justice.
But the class I’m in now…
I’m about to blow up at this class. It’s a government class and so far 9/10’s of the course has been about Christianity and it’s influence on government policy.
…. I’m sorry. What?
By the end of this course, I’m supposed to be able to identify and critique government policy….yeah. No. That’s not happening. I haven’t learned squat about public policy. I’ve been too busy choking on the sheer amount of GOD being shoved down my throat.
And I don’t mean in the sense of “relate this topic to Scripture.” No, we’re talking full on “here’s this entire work I’ve composed on how Biblical principles apply to government it’s a mandatory resource for the next 5 assignments.”
I’m half-tempted to email the professor and tell him, in no uncertain terms, I’m agnostic-bordering-on-atheist. Not that it would help my case much considering how much of my assignments’ grades are resting upon my re-hashing of CHRISTIANITY in government.
But then I’m also instructed (in a presentation) that the idea of separation of church and state is actually a Christian idea. Um, ok? I really don’t care where the idea came from given that you’re making me learn government policy through the very CHRISTIAN lens of YOUR view. Not actually the material perhaps that I should be studying, like oh, I don’t know, government policy making?
It’s making me very frustrated. Me frustrated is not a good thing.