Hey, I'm the guy who blew up at you on Facebook. Listen, I don't expect you to read this post, but I just want to say that I'm sorry for the misogenist bullshit I said, I really crossed a line there. The real reason I got so mad at that post is that you took the killing of innocent children and twisted it to prove a point, or at least it seemed like that to me, and I just have no tolerance for someone who does things like that, especially if I think that they're above all of that, like I did with you.
I just really can't believe I said all that, in high school I beat a guy up for saying shit like that to a girl. I could make up excuse after excuse to try and explain it, but I'm not going to. I really don't care if your forgive me or not, I just did this so I could at least have a shot at looking at myself in the mirror again. So, if by chance you do forgive me, lt me know.
P.S. I didn't join this site just so I could give you this message, I actually found out about your Facebook page through the link on your profile here.
I wouldn't know about Catholic schools relative to public schools. I went to public schools down here, just not normal ones. The magnet schools in my county have all sorts of ridiculous electives and over-the-top AG programs.
It's not ignorant as much as regional. All of my info comes from people who attended, not movies.
There's a lot of variation between diocese, yes. The Chicago diocese was a lot bigger on blending Catholic dogma together with every possible subject. Math was probably pretty pure, but everything else was sort of up for grabs. The Chicago public school system was pretty crap, too, which is why most people with families who could afford it live out in the suburbs.
I imagine you had more diversity at your school because there simply weren't enough Catholics to support it by themselves. The Chicago area and New England area are full of them.
I know the stereotypes you see in movies are mostly fantasy, or at least 50 or 60 years out of date. I wasn't even thinking of that sort of thing. I was just focused on the instruction itself, which I know is kind of skewed in some areas ... or at least was, 20 years ago. You're not going to see Young-Earth Creationism or Geocentrism, because the Catholic church accepted most of modern science a long time ago. That's the fundie Protestants. The Catholic church just layers the God crap on top of real science, like you said.
Certainly, it's nothing compared to what the Southern Baptists do in their schools. At least the Catholics mostly accept modern science and are willing to turn huge swaths of the Bible into metaphor, when the Pope realizes that it's in complete contradiction to a solid scientific theory. I went to high school with a girl who had gone to 'Friendship' (a Southern Baptist name if I've ever heard one) for elementary school and middle school. Just ... holy crap.
And of course the Catholic church wants you to know all about reproduction. They're all for reproduction. It's contraception they're not so keen about.
True. I got almost no actual education from CCD, just the Catholic dogma and silliness layered upon my existing, secular education. I've just heard from a few others who went to Catholic school, who experienced extreme censure when they started questioning anything really basic to the faith.
Perhaps your school just had some teachers who were a bit more lax in their dogma than most? I even had a priest who told me there was nothing wrong with Dungeons & Dragons, as long as you remember it's all fantasy ... which is clearly not in line with the official church stance on the subject. Hmm.
The moment he defined agnostics as, "atheists without balls," a switch flipped on.
Heh, sweet. Go Stephen!
How did Catholic school teach you to think critically, though? I'm confused. I only ever got CCD. I went to public school. I never saw anything in CCD that specifically taught me to think critically, just additional silliness that made me realize how insane all of Christianity was.