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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Students In College Bible Class Get Trigger Warning, Permission To Skip Studying Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ

TWCNational Review, If You Are Too Triggered by Lessons About the Crucifixion, You Cannot Be a Religious Scholar:

Students in a Bible course at the University of Glasgow are being given trigger warnings before being shown images of the crucifixion — and permission to skip those lessons altogether if they are worried they’ll feel too uncomfortable.

Predictably, much of the conversation surrounding this has been focused on the cultural implications of the policy, and how it contributes to creating a generation of weak little snowflakes. ... But the problems with this policy go far beyond the abstract cultural implications. It’s also objectively, indisputably wrong on a logical level — because receiving credits for a class signifies that you have learned enough about the subject matter to earn those credits, and no student in an introductory Bible course could meet that qualification without having learned about the crucifixion.

The crucifixion may be a traumatic Biblical event, but it is also arguably the most monumental one. The crucifixion and corresponding resurrection of Jesus Christ are the entire foundation of the Christian religion, and yet somehow we have an institution willing to give students credit for a class about that religion’s holy book without them having to learn anything about the book’s most consequential event?

I would have no problem with professors offering warnings before displaying graphic images — giving the squeamish ones time to cover their eyes — but giving students the opportunity to opt out of crucifixion-related lessons entirely? Sorry, but . . . nope. Giving a student who did not learn class material about the crucifixion credit for a Bible class is like giving a student who did not learn to do a cartwheel a spot on the gymnastics team, and Glasgow University should be ashamed of itself.

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With trigger warnings, how can history student study history? It's filled with wars, plagues, deaths and dying. How can medical and nursing student study disease? It's not pleasant either. Art often takes up unpleasant themes, as does music. Engineers have to think about planes crashing and bridges falling down.

Unless we add a major in Kitty and Puppy Studies, I'm not sure what these people can study.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jan 8, 2017 4:50:04 PM

I weep for the future.

Posted by: Tom N. | Jan 8, 2017 6:20:25 PM

For Christ's sake, defund Prog Ed! (And replace -- not with six-day Creationism and Jesus-returns-physically-to-spank-the-remaing -- replace with Western Enlightenment, served neat.)

Charter schools aren't the permanent fix, because zombies graduated from Prog Ed will eat the lives out of the unbeknownst Charter school grads. The only mercy is to do away with public Prog Ed, then no more Borg-Drone-Hives nor their rat-ugly-Queens... will torture the sane. Simply defund Prog Ed. It fixes all! (Let's put ax to the root!)

Posted by: Robert Winkler Burke | Jan 9, 2017 1:11:36 PM
What would Lincoln say? Fourth of July 2016 Speech (Proposed) Lincoln-like, if you will... Lyceum, the pattern.

Posted by: Robert Winkler Burke | Jan 9, 2017 1:13:13 PM

And why couldn't Progressive Education be defunded? Is the idea banished?

Posted by: Robert Winkler Burke | Jan 9, 2017 1:14:03 PM

we preach Christ euthanized: a microaggression to Jews and a trigger to Gentiles,

Posted by: Stephen Feher | Jan 9, 2017 2:15:58 PM

There's a crucifix in every Catholic grammar school classroom. A crucifix is present when infants are baptized Catholic. And there's always an especially gory crucifix in the sanctuary of Hispanic parish churches.

Little kids are tougher than these U of Glasgow pansies.

Posted by: Micha Elyi | Jan 9, 2017 2:54:42 PM

"Unless we add a major in Kitty and Puppy Studies, I'm not sure what these people can study."
Even in kitty and puppy studies, you may have a scene where the kitty or puppy gets sick or injured.

Posted by: richard40 | Jan 9, 2017 3:00:19 PM

Wait until they get to Revelation!

Posted by: Joseph | Jan 9, 2017 4:21:58 PM

Child care centres should not be permitted to call themselves "universities".

Posted by: Grandma | Jan 9, 2017 5:43:07 PM

Wait till they find out about the Temple sacrifices of lambs and calves, and doves!

Posted by: AnneG | Jan 9, 2017 7:00:47 PM

Why do these communist re-education camps even bother having "theology" classes? Since they have no belief in God, no ideas that are relevant to the study of God, nor any moral spine to actually present anything vaguely approaching the truth about God.

Posted by: Jeff H | Jan 10, 2017 6:32:05 AM