I don’t know where to start on this one. I have spoken to some of my friends about the dangers of Christian nationalism, but they think my fears are exaggerated. But it’s events like this that demonstrate the threat that the rest of us will fade due to a small, but very determined, minority.
The Daily Beast and Newsweek reported that high school students in the East Baton Rouge school district were lured into a fake “college fair,” which turned out to be some kind of twisted religious event that was fraught with transphobia.
After being separated by gender, the male students were asked to leave the hall while the girls were presented with a series of lectures by three guests, which traumatized the students as follows:
[T]he first speaker was a female pastor, who gave a talk about staying true to yourself and not trying to fit in with the crowd. “One of the examples she used for this was how she kept her virginity in high school and college,” Budyach wrote. “After announcing this proudly, she expected applause. She mentioned that everyone knew her as “the good Christian girl” and that she was proud of it. »
The second speaker, Budyach added, “was involved in the education sector in some way” and explained “how a guy she met on a dating app ended up trying to kill her by strangling her”. The woman allegedly told the students that she was keeping their romance a secret, so no one would know if he murdered her. “She used this to finally make the case that if something is to be kept secret, it shouldn’t be happening at all,” Budyach wrote.
After this warning about domestic violence, Budyach says, the woman “also pointed out that if she had waited for the man God intended for her, it wouldn’t have happened. She uses this to shame the concept of “dating” and has taken a soulmate approach to the situation.
“Furthermore,” Budyach wrote, “she explained that she forgave her ex-boyfriend for his attempted murder, even though he was not sorry. Again, there could be a valuable message, but it’s lost in the traumatic storytelling and religious imagery.
The third speaker was a nurse with a doctorate, Budyach continued, and “gave an extremely detailed description of the morning she found her son’s body after he hanged himself.”
“She explained that it happened because her son had been bullied,” Budyach said. “She used this story to say that people these days are too mean to each other and we need to stick together. For the third time, a possibly useful message hidden behind an extremely traumatic account of a day we had no warning or idea we were going to learn from.
When it was the male students’ turn to be inside, the boys were apparently not subjected to the same kind of moral posturing, but instead engaged in macho games, such as prizes for who could do the more pumps. Trans students were openly intimidated at this event, without any intervention from adults.
And although students were promised free food for attending this college fair, it apparently came with a big catch – that they had to register to vote.
Of course, in the face of this flagrant violation of the separation of church and state, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System initially refused to admit any wrongdoing, claiming that:
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has partnered with 29:11 Mentoring Families to provide additional support services to students in our district. One of these initiatives is the “Day of Hope” event. The event was structured to help students explore options available after high school, while allowing students to participate in small group sessions and student-initiated activities and projects. By providing entertaining activities focused on education, this event was an elevation of a traditional college and career fair. Students received a lunch and a rare opportunity to mingle with their peers from other high schools in the same setting. We look forward to seeing what our more than 2,100 participating students will continue to accomplish with the resources and knowledge gained from this event.
Since this obvious bait and switch involves minors, I wonder if this amounts to kidnapping.