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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

no disrespect intended

i'm giggling, and i must preface this post with a "no disrespect intended" disclaimer, and end it with a "now don't get all ranty on me" admonishment.

first of all, my thanks to kelso for 3 guest posts that caused a number of you to spew coffee. you know they are good posts when that happens.

last night in my class, we were discussing this article from a few months ago that talked about would-be teachers who fake religion (specifically of the catholic genre) in order to get a job at a catholic school. because in general, there are more teachers than jobs, and so desperate times call for desperate measures.

discussion ensued. do i join the discussion or do i not? i wasn't going to. and then i did anyway. i was feeling saucy. i explained that i'm not catholic. not even a little bit. i'm certainly not against catholics, although recently, the Vatican put out this reminder that i'm a "serious canonical crime" and i'm thinking of getting that put on a t-shirt.

anyhoo, i put my two cents into the discussion, after explaining that i'm a (not catholic) protestant pastor who would probably be a little bit irritated at someone faking my faith in order to get a job. (recognizing that the public funding part of the discussion adds a whole new piece to that pie, and i wasn't going down that road.)

the whole discussion was fairly light-hearted and respectful, but i suspected it would come back to bite me. and it did.

at the break, i wandered down towards the vending machines, pondering the spiritual meaning of m&m's versus twix. or would i rather get an iced tea? hmmmmm. saw a fellow student coming down the hall, one who had differed in opinion from me. she paused, and then blurted out - "i'm not evil or anything! it's just that ... " and although i laughed, and reminded her that i'm not catholic, and i don't really care that she thinks differently than me, i'm pretty sure her guilt mechanism was in full force. i get that. we pentecostal-protestants have a fairly active guilt mechanism at times too.

i'm thinking of setting up a protestant confessional in between classes ... just for such times as this ... whaddaya think?

now don't get all ranty on me, ok?

5 comments:

chRistine said...

our church hires an HRDC student to help our children's pastor each summer. public money pays for that, and we have to have a "legal" interview - and yet we seem to be allowed to ask questions that leave room for spiritual discussion. and, interestingly enough, we've tended to hire people with a similar bent as our children's ministry team.

would I be annoyed if someone "faked it"? my first response is, "i suspect most do"... but seriously? i think an agnostic faking a walk with god would reflect a character attribute i wouldn't be interested in - but i also think public money means you shouldn't discriminate based on religion.

that would have been an AWESOME debate at school.

Brian said...

Sign me up for a T shirt so we can get the bulk rate . . . better yet I'll source them for you it'll be cheaper. ;-)

D_Morrison said...

I often wonder how many people "fake" being christian in general in order to work where I work Patti. I am not going to make and accusations nor will I make any guesses...still...it makes me wonder.

For the record I work for Christian Horizons. Inter-Faith ministry assisting people with excptional needs. I'm a DSW

Anonymous said...

I am happy God gets the last say on judging fakeness.

Sheepdog said...

I like the t-shirt idea.

I'm glad the woman came to speak to you at the vending machine and that you laughed. I think those little moments are bigger and more important than we think.

I love Anonymous' comment "I am happy God gets the last say on judging fakeness." I wholeheartedly agree.