Monday, November 27, 2006

Bah-huh? Leprechauns? Atheism?

From the Portland Mercury:
Suspension of Disbelief
In the classroom that day, Averill says one young woman was talking about her belief in energy layers and astral beings.

"I jokingly asked her if she believed in leprechauns. It turns out, she does. They live on another energy layer," Averill wrote in notes to himself later that day. "In the interest of bringing my own view to the discussion, I began to ask her how she knew these things. Again I know all too well that people can be sensitive about their spiritual beliefs, so I was pretty much walking on glass as I did so."

Averill says he wasn't trying to disprove the other student's religious beliefs, but "to convince her not to insist that they were scientifically proven."

The student, apparently offended, complained to the teacher. Averill was called into a meeting that evening, he says, with the Art Institute's dean of education, associate dean, and the dean of student affairs.
For the record, he was expelled for more than not believing in leprechauns. Apparently, he's just a dick, and this was the last straw for the school.

Still, complaining to a teacher about someone challenging your belief in leprechauns?

Next thing you know, calling furries out will be considered to be hate speech.


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