Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I don't TRY to offend

In retrospect, when that ultra religious student came in a few minutes ago, I didn't really NEED to have Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" sitting out on my desk, and "Fuck This Town" by Robbie Fulks playing on my computer.

But I didn't see her coming, so what are you gonna do?


Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

It's all part of the market-place of ideas though, isn't it? I mean, being a university and all, an institute of learning and free discussion. She can handle it. After all God is on her side.

I have exactly the same impulses about not wanting to offend someone's deeply held beliefs but that road doesn't run both ways and, often, the religiously ardent will do their damndest to pour mindless scorn on any view than their own. I say we stop molly-coddling them and let them deal with the world as it is without the rest of us feeling we have to protect them from our ideas, lest we cause offense.

Where's me soap-box, now?

24 April, 2007 17:25  
Blogger Sassy Sundry said...

Hee hee. You should see where I work.

24 April, 2007 17:25  
Blogger Manuel said...

"so what are you gonna do?" turn it up and read aloud. She will forgive you...

24 April, 2007 19:24  
Blogger Andraste said...

Sam - you're right, of course. Plus, it's MY damn office, right? Good thing I wasn't channeling Alistair Crowley, and looking for someone to sacrifice, like I generally do on Tuesdays...

Sassy - I'm curious - where do you work? You don't have to say, of course...

Manuel - I'm afraid her head would explode. And I'd have to clean it up.

24 April, 2007 22:13  
Blogger Kieran said...

So long as you were wearing clothes. That's the mistake I always make in the presence of the ultra-religious.

25 April, 2007 07:00  
Blogger Fresh Hell said...

It's best to keep them on their toes so they don't operate under the mistaken assumption that, "of course all smart people share thier beliefs".

The God Squad is alive and well in my office. I put a red velvet Jesus piggy bank on my desk as a not so subtle challenge to thier comfort zone. Tacky, kitschy and irreverent... bwa-ha-ha.

25 April, 2007 07:14  
Blogger P1P said...

Hell yes. If she can't handle reality then she probably shouldn't be at a university. It's important to be able to critically look at all ideas not just the ones that oppose your own views.

25 April, 2007 10:25  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Your office your rules.

25 April, 2007 10:35  
Blogger Andraste said...

Kieran - Schwanz out for Jesus!

Fresh Hell - Contemplated a "Buddy Jesus" figurine at one point, but I don't like clutter.

P1P - I guess I should trust people to see things that way. Unfortunately...

FMC - You're right, of course, but unfortunately it's just her type of 'squeaky wheel' that will go and complain to someone, over just that type of triviality, and make an issue of nothing. They like attention, these types.

25 April, 2007 10:58  
Blogger The Hangar Queen said...

I work in a federal facility and all religous/sectarian shit is fucking well banned.
I'm a big fan.
Fucking students.
A good shag and some very illegal drugs should be mandatory in college.

26 April, 2007 03:00  
Blogger Old Knudsen said...

Won't I look smug when the Almighty starts the rupture, you lot had better repent and find God, I hear a lot of people find him in prison, the 3 strikes law is a real bitch.

28 April, 2007 01:16  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

I must send you that song I made "Jesus is a cunt and so are you" so you can play it next time she's around.

30 April, 2007 11:12  
Blogger Kav said...

I'm working on a short story called "Jesus - King of the Booze". You can leave that open on the desk while you play Twenty's song next time they arrive.

03 May, 2007 08:40  
Blogger Mary Witzl said...

I once answered the door for the fifth time in the morning, thinking it was one of my kids back for her lunch or P.E. kit or a form she'd forgotten or whatever. My face was a mask of rage and I was probably foaming at the mouth (I was trying to cook for five people at the time) -- and it was a neighbor collecting for Christian Aid. This has happened any number of times -- once it was a builder, another time it was the man fixing the water pipes. The builder and the pipe man forgave me, but that Christian Aid lady still has a most unfortunate opinion of me, I'm afraid.

04 May, 2007 06:31  

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