The #ExposeChristianSchools Hashtag Gives Us a Devastating Look at “Christian Education”
Christian schools are, to no one's surprise, hotbeds of hypocrisy and discrimination.
Second Lady Karen Pence came under fire last week, after she announced that she would be resuming her post teaching art classes at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. Immanuel Christian School features a strict homophobic guideline for teachers and students alike, threatening firing and expulsion for “homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity”.
That Karen Pence would support this offensive and discriminatory policy comes as no surprise: the Pence family is notorious for their anti-LGBTQ views. But given their public position in society and the government, it is downright shameful for them to promote this kind of bigotry and hatred. Many have taken to Twitter to express their concerns, and to share their own experiences of discrimination and hatred at these supposedly “Christian” schools. The hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools quickly started trending, detailing appalling and offensive behavior straight of out The Handmaid’s Tale. Here are some of the most shocking tweets:
At the evangelical Christian High School I was forced to attend, girls could substitute Home Economics in place of a Science class. #ExposeChristianSchools
— Sunny (@Sunnygirl9) January 19, 2019
I went to a Christian school. A literal white supremacist wrote a new chapter of Revelation (complete with illustrations) about white people finally ending the native problem. Wrote it just for me. Showed me. The school didn’t care. #ExposeChristianSchools
— Wake’nikonhrè:ton (@benfromcanada) January 19, 2019
#ExposeChristianSchools My religion/p.e. teacher/assistant principal (who is Jeff Landry’s mother) would stand on a 2nd floor balcony and look down into girls’ shirts then yell @ us about wearing shirts that allowed the boys and priests to see our breasts.
— La Négresse (@cinnamean) January 19, 2019
7th grade science review question: fill in the blank. “Christians should avoid saying that different species are ___.” Answer was “related”, because that word implies evolution. Never saw inside of a lab. “Science class was for indoctrination. #ExposeChristianSchools
— B.N. “Glory to Bast” Harrison (@bnharrison) January 19, 2019
“once you find the right pizza for you, you’ll never want to add any new toppings or try a new place. Pizza is very personal”. The entire talk was P R O B L E M A T I C. Especially since some asshole invariably makes the “I love sausage pizza” ‘joke’ 🙄 #ExposeChristianSchools
— Ace (@BlueEarOtter) January 19, 2019
#ExposeChristianSchools i was taken out of class once because a “concerned friend” went to the principal about my sexuality. i was then compared to rapists and murders and told to consider conversion therapy. i was then kicked out of school. it was the middle of my junior year.
— jesse (@raplinewins) January 19, 2019
So I tracked down a copy of my old 5th grade “Heath” textbook. I’m going to upload a much larger thread with tons of pictures from this later, but I wanted to give you a sample of what using #ABeka christian school curriculum is like.#EmptyThePews #Exvangelical pic.twitter.com/oWU2qCO8Ry
— Braxton Bragg (@monolithimmort) November 15, 2018
My “sex education” teacher (the same under-qualified teacher who taught geography and biology) told us that sex creates an unbreakable blood bond, which is A) false and B) convinced me that I was forever bound to my abuser. #ExposeChristianSchools
— Melissa Stewart (@LissaStewartVB) January 19, 2019
There are countless more tweets that detail the legacy of discrimination, shaming, and straight up misinformation that students at these schools have experienced. And just today, another story of Christian schools went viral, after a group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Covington, Kentucky attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., where they surrounded and harassed a Native American protester and Vietnam veteran at the Indigenous Peoples March.
— Simar (@sahluwal) January 19, 2019
What Would Jesus Do? Likely none of this hateful and disgusting behavior. Did you go to a Christian school? Tell us about your experience in the comments.
(via Cincinnati.com, image: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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