Here in the UK we don’t generally have a huge problem with Christian groups exerting influence over school life. I definitely have it really good compared with schools I’ve heard about in other countries, where Christian student groups roam the halls loudly Jesus-lovin’ every lunchtime, or hold a lot of weight in school committees.
But my school does have a God club, which makes for equal parts of frustration and amusement. The amusement came, most memorably, on Valentine’s Day, when the club was handing out sweets along with a little slip of paper with a Bible verse on it. Obviously, God wasn’t watching over their actions too closely that day, because a typo meant that the little slip announced to the student population: “For God gave his only son, John”.
The frustration came when they invited a creationist “scientist” to give a talk about how the universe is too “irreducibly complex” to evolve, as well as the tired old refrain that “Darwin didn’t believe his own theory”. The only saving grace was that some of our Biology teachers also attended the talk, and made their distain abundantly clear. Another memorable frustrating experience was the time I attended their weekly open discussion when the topic was “What does God think about homosexuality?” Sure, let’s not think about what Tom, Janet or Pauline think about it (because they get their opinion from Jesus anyway, and couldn’t possibly generate one of their own), or – heaven forbid! - what science says about it. Instead, let’s call on invisible sky man. Urgh. An hour of homophobia and bigotry later, I came to a stunning realisation: I couldn't care less what God might think.
Does anyone else have tales of hilarity or frustration concerning the God clubs in their school?
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As I said before, I'm going away on holiday for the weekend, so next post won't be up until Monday.