Thursday, December 01, 2005

Geographical survey

For context, read this article on CNN. There is a movement to start teaching the Bible in a literary/historical context (as opposed to a religious context) in public schools. Thing is, I went to high school in California and remember a high school english section called The Bible As In Literature (subtitle: It Says Literature. Relax. Don't Sue Us.) It covered the Old Testament so that we'd understand where half of Western literature comes from. So now I'm wondering if my school was rare and most don't teach the Bible for fear of lawsuits, or if it's a slow news day and CNN needed to fill the headline bar.

So I ask you, the jiggsblog readers: (a) where did you go to high school, and (b) did they teach the Bible in a literary/historical context there?

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

That dumb whore on that blog we attacked yesterday deleted all her comments. Takes all the fun out of it. I say we should attack attack attack! Gun Ho! Kamikaze sytle!

TastyMcJ said...

Maybe you should just go fuck yourself, anonymous.

TastyMcJ said...

...and the anonymous horse you rode in on.

Knitty Kitty said...

I went to high school in three different schools in two different countries.
In Toronto they never taught the bible historical or otherwise, but I was only there for grade 9 so whose to say they wouldn't have.

In Alabama (yes, Alabama) I went to a private school that had a "religion" class that all the parents were all excited for their children to take, until they realized it would mean their kids would learn about many religions including the Muslim and Jewish faiths.
So many kids were pulled out of that class, since the southern baptist pastor had taught these people that "all other religions = going to hell" and they didn't want to risk it.


I think from a historical context its pretty important to know about the stories within the bible since most texts in the literary canon reference it some way.

Anonymous said...

I wont leave till my duty is fullfield. Requiring every blog to stop anonymous posting! Go ahead I dare you!

Anonymous said...

tastymcj rhymes with gay!

slappy said...

I asked some of my friends out here in Boston and my school seems to be in the minority, even though I hail from Crazy Hippie Land. That makes me happy.

Kitty of the Knitty Type: Interesting. I don't think there are many Toronto/Alabama data points. The comparative religion class story is awesome. Personally I think that's the real Establishment Clause test - if you're cool with a Muslim student kneeling to Mecca, then you can have school prayer.

Anonymous: You overestimate our concern for negative comments and underestimate our love of irony. Jiggs is crapping his pants with joy that we are the target of haters. It pleases me too, but not to the pants-crapping level.

TastyMcJ: He is right. Your name does rhyme with gay.

TastyMcJ said...

yeah, and anonymous rhymes with androgynous, big fuckin' deal.

TastyMcJ said...

Sorry slappy, the latent hate in my previous post was directed at anonymous.

not you.

jamwall said...

move on, i say..

Booty J Patrol said...

I too studied the Bible as literature in 10th grade english. As you know, but most of our readers don't, I went to High School in Southern California. We also only studied the Old Testament so they could say, "See, it's not religion because we're only doing the Old Testament!!".

I found it interesting however that my teacher was an ex-nun...

And to the anonymous poster: Thank you for reading. We feel that any comment is a good comment, much like any publicity is good publicity.

Egan said...

Could Anonymous be an insider?

jiggs said...

Tasty, chill out dude! We love comments. Only interact with anonymous posters when the goal is to bait them into making more posts.

Anonymous is at least three people, where at least one is a local person.

Egan, don't get too into pointing fingers about anonymous. I also saw your name in the list of deleted blog posts yesterday before the young lady deleted all the comments.

While I'm fairly certain that coops or somebody like that jumped onto the anonymous commenting train soon after it got started, my gut tells me that you and that todd guy probably have something to do with it.

TastyMcJ said...

Sorry Jiggs,

It's been a shitty week.

My buckets of impotent rage are overflowing.

Anyway.

fuck it.

Egan said...

Sure, sounds logical to me. I definitely checked out what you guys/gals were up to. It's fun to see it take off, but I wasn't involved. Who's Todd?

Anonymous said...

See how easy it is for anyone to comment as Anonymous. This is just prove a point Jiggs. Anybody could be Anonymous if they wanted to be.

Egan

Egan said...

By the way, I went to high school in the Seattle suburbs and no we didn't have a class that taught about the bible. Was this a public or private school you attended Slappy?

slappy said...

Public. Apparently, Bible as in Lit is a common California public school program since I'm Northern CA and Booty is Southern CA and we both had the course.

Egan said...

Interesting that you would study the bible in public school. I guess for a lit class it could make sense. Then you have folks that are up in arms about Harry Potter books. I don't get it.

TastyMcJ said...

south texas.

no bible in a historical context,

but creationism was breifly mentioned as an 'alternative to evolution' in my AP biology class.

jiggs said...

Was it Shakespeare or Dick Van Patten that said "The lady doth protest too much, methinks"

Don't get too defensive Egan. (also I don't think you're a woman, just to be clear)

But your response does make me think that you were more of a bit player and that Todd (yournamehere) guy was more of the star.

Just to be clear, I'm not mad, I just want to know who my penis should be visiting. Certainly Todd is a funny guy and would love regular visits from my penis. Perhaps his penis and my spleen could have a conversation...

Egan said...

Have you tried docking that foreskin of yours? If you aren't familiar with the term, just search on the net for it. It will please you very much.

Calzone said...

I'm kind of confused why anyone would care who anonymous is. If someone wants to make fun of me making fun of someone else its all the same.

My blog sucks.

jiggs said...

It's the detective part of me that wants to solve it. I can make it a game. For example, I take the slim evidence I have and accuse people to see how they react. Then I judge their reactions based upon my prior belief of their behavior and formulate a new hypothesis.

Don't you see how fun that is?

jiggs said...

Also, if I can make a good guess about who it is, I can then be an even bigger douchebag to that person. So there's a prize in it for me too.

Calzone said...

Well you are quite good at it I must admit.

jiggs said...

You're right Zone. I am good at being a douchebag. I'm simultaneously patting myself on the back as I write this.

Monkey said...

Jiggs his wearing his foreskin in a cute little Sherlock Holmes cap?

Let's see... I went to a horrible, and I do mean horrible high school in Florida, so they didn't teach anything. Because the universe has a sense of humor, I got obscenely good scores on the SAT and my essay was HOT. As in erotic. So, I got into a fancy college up north.

It was there that the bible was taught as literature.

God my throat hurts. When will this plague end?

Monkey's Human

P.S. Monkey is only in first grade.

jamwall said...

how does jigg's member feel about wearing the sherlock holmes forekin cap?

Charles (Jiggs' Member) said...

First off people, I don't have a foreskin. I left that filthy piece of skin a long time ago. These days I only miss it when it's raining.

Although perhaps a Sherlock Holmes style hat would be just the kind of head covering that would make me completely forget about that cheating foreskin.