Some background: I’m at the Indiana Academy, a residential high school for the smartest teens in Indiana. (I’m not bragging, it’s important) Among my friends here are a Jainist, a Gnostic, a Reform Jew, an athiest and a Roman Catholic. I get along fine with people of all sorts of religious beliefs or lack there of.
But then there’s Beth. She is an evangelical athiest. The ARG220 of athiests. Violently angry that everyone doesn’t believe exactly what she does, and ready to argue at the drop of a hat. There are probably many good reasons why she feels she needs to be so vehement; I don’t give a damn. She’s in my social studies class and every discussion turns into a monologue by her about how the Christian Church is responsible for every bad thing that has happened in the past two thousand years. (no, really, that’s her viewpoint) She is has interrupted people in a debate and told them to shut up, because she doesn’t care about their opinions. Being here drives her crazy because people who disagree with her are well-reasoned and intelligent, and because she can’t intimidate them with superior intellect. She’s incredibly irritating and she never shuts up until the teacher makes her. But I did it.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been presenting group projects about utopias. And during everry presentation, she’s managed to take control of the class to argue with our professor about religious issues. Today she did it during mine. Twice. The second time, she was arguing that the Christian Coalition rules America as a theocracy.
The teacher finally calmed her down and said, “John, continue.” And I said-
“You know Beth, the teacher does have office hours posted. The next time you feel that the two of you need to a have a one-on-one argument, do it during office hours AND NOT DURING MY PRESENTATION. You did it to everyone else’s group and you’ve done it to mine twice and I’m sick of it.”
And she didn’t speak the rest of class.
God, it felt GOOD!
What about you folks? Any recent little victories over the bastards in your life?
Miskch’s Law- It’s better to have a horrible ending than horrors without end.