You can visit the blog post here if you would like: Not So Polite Dinner Conversation-A Christian commenter comes slinking back, and a question; why believe one and not the others?
I enjoyed the post whether it was a true story or an invented one. I like how it was presented and the discussion it created. I had to stop commenting because I didn’t want to troll.
The comments reminded me about my time in college. I attended a small, private Baptist college in North West Georgia.
Growing up in Florida, my college life was a huge culture shock for me. But I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. It helped me grow as a person and see life from several different perspectives.
I attended school during the late 1990’s, but it felt more like the 1940’s. The town was extremely religious and very, very white.
The people in my college town were mostly Southern Baptist and very close-minded. Although the town had two colleges, a large segment of the population was largely uneducated and very simple-minded.
While out in public, it was not uncommon to hear people throwing around racial epithets like “nigger,” “spic,” “wetback,” etc in normal conversations. It was also not uncommon to watch people in public berate those who may have appeared homosexual. This was very normal and accepted there.
Creationism was the only way and if you believed in evolution, you might as well have walked around the city naked. These were “simple-minded” people. I would often hear conversations begin with a local saying, “Well, people round here……” I think you probably get the point.
They loved being white, they loved eating their biscuits, they loved being obese and they hated anything that was different. They hid behind their bibles to justify their bigotry. I witnessed that every day on some level. It was not pleasant, but it taught me a lot about people.
The comments on the above mentioned blog reminded me somewhat of my college experiences in that city.
Now, do I think all religious people are simple-minded? Absolutely not. There are plenty of good, intelligent religious people in this world. I know plenty. But there are also plenty of simple-minded religious people.
It always amazes me at how difficult it is for some religious people to handle criticism. Probably one of the most ironic things about this is that no matter what I say or write, religious people have to forgive me. HA