Pulling this out so we don't further hijack jsb's question.
When the topic came up of teachers who exhibit a bias against students who have differing religions or beliefs, I brought up this:
There are some people who honestly don't perceive their bias. My religious philosophy prof was a priest working on his PhD at Notre Dame. He was completely oblivious to the rampant Christian bent in our area, assuming that because it's a "college town", it was by default a very liberal, open area. To a slight degree, yes the town the universities are in (8 U's and colleges total) is slightly more liberal than the surrounding counties (where most of us, as students, lived), but even then, it's hardly a liberal bastion of open-mindedness.
If you don't see it, you can't make an effort not to do it (and to his credit, he did after he saw)
Is this where most of the conflict lies - not in people being rampantly bigoted or biased against other points of view, but being so settled into the idea that most people believe as they do, they literally do not see things happening right in front of them?
How often has it come up here that people find the use of words like "witch", "heathen" or "nonbeliever" as insults to be really offensive, and when it's explained to people WHY it's offensive, most of them (sadly, not all) immediately realize how it comes across and stop doing it? Those are all people who, if it hadn't ever been pointed out to them, would still be going around throwing those words around, all the while possibly insulting or offending people around them, and not even realizing the hostile environment they were a part of creating.
That's just one example, there are countless others, many of which have been brought up in all the "bashing" questions here and in R&B - some that probably seem benign (calling someone a witch) to some that are outright cruel (throwing rocks and stones at a non-Christian, or praying publicly for the Catholic to "see the error of her ways" and become a Protestant). Are things written off because they don't "see" them?Answer Question
Answer by soyousay at 12:40 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 12:41 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by popzaroo at 12:46 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by judimary at 2:55 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Yes, we have our own individual perceptions. If something is said that has a personal connection to you it's can easily come across differently to you. We are all capable of saying something that can be perceived as biased we just notice it more when it's directly connected to us. When people on here complain of Christian bashing, and others say no way, it's a difference in perception. Just like when people use terms like heathen, or nonbeliever.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:38 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by samurai_chica at 7:32 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
I think that's part of it.
As we were driving home from visiting my in-laws in Florida, I noticed several billboards with messages promoting Christianity, including ones with the stereotypical image of God pointing to the belly of a pregnant woman, with the biblical quote about knowing the baby before it's born. It made me think about other billboards and how some are accepted, no matter how outrageous the message - like the one with the boy pointing a gun with the message "If God doesn't matter to him, do you?", implying that Atheists are violent gun-toting murderers. . . but when billboards say, "Don't believe in God? You're not alone", they can be deemed so offensive that in some areas (like Cincinnati) they have had to move the billboards because some Christians threatened the life of the property owner where the billboard was located.
Answer by jsbenkert at 10:31 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Offense is often in the eye (and bias) of the beholder, and yes, sometimes people do get blinded by their bias and can't see when they are being offensive.
Answer by jsbenkert at 10:32 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by -Eilish- at 10:51 AM on Jun. 29, 2011
Answer by judimary at 6:12 PM on Jun. 29, 2011
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