I am not usually that sensitive, but this post ticked me off. Michael Schaub over at Booslut takes a NYT story about a school wrestling with how to deal with student’s and parent’s complaints about the reading list and uses it to stereotype and mock Christians. Brittany Hunsicker didn’t like reading a book that contained passages about boys becoming sexually aroused and so complained to her teacher and, when her teacher was unwilling to help, the school board. This launched a process where the school board voted to take the book off the reading list, not ban in from the school, voted to put it back on, and eventually set up a system to let parents no what is on the reading list.
Because Brittany didn’t like the book and because she is a Christian Mr. Schaub makes a snide comment about how “lucky Brittany gets to tote her seven bitter children to Bible study class.” Now I realize that this is just a smart ass comment likely offered of the cuff, but is nonetheless indicative of the kind of sentiment one runs into frequently. Christians who object to aspects of popular cultures are stupid unenlightened hicks likely to end up with large “bitter” families. Christians, particularly southern ones, are one of the last remaining groups you can feel free to mock and stereotype.
And Mr. Schaub can take this kind of pot shot because he knows all of his liberal, hip, urban friends will laugh at it and nod in agreement: aren’t those Christians stupid (and dangerous). As I noted above, this post originally ticked me off. But in the big picture it isn’t that big of a deal. What I do find sad is that Schaub took a interesting story where a community is trying to work out these issues in a fair and democratic way and all he can do is mock a girl he doesn’t know because she thinks differently than him. Nice work.