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...creation-studies tests contain questions like "True or False: Noah's Ark was large enough to carry various kinds of dinosaurs." (If you're curious, the answer is True; according to my professor, since dinosaurs and humans cohabited the earth after the Flood, they would have had to find a way to squeeze onto the Ark. He suggested they might have been teenage dinosaurs so they'd have taken up less space.)

-- Kevin Roose, Brown '09, in his Brown Alumni Monthly article about his semester undercover at Liberty University (Falwell's so-called "Bible Boot Camp").

Apparently he actually found the students to be relatively "normal", but for my money, this professor is totally insane.

Note that I am usually very lazy and busy and thus don't actually have time or energy to read most of the articles in the BAM, I just skip to the Class Notes and skim for names I recognize. However, Yahoo had an abridged version of this same article, so I had to go read the whole original piece because it was the cover story this month.

My other favorite quote,

Even while interviewing Falwell, I remember thinking that complimenting the grandfathering skills of a guy who blamed 9/11 on feminists and homosexuals was a lot like complimenting the builders of the Death Star for their metalwork: even if true, it was sort of beside the point.

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:29 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] saifai.livejournal.com
Wow. Consider me stunned, and amused. It's just so ridiculous I can't help but laugh my ass off. Love the last quote there by the author. "...was a lot like complimenting the builders of the Death Star for their metalwork: even if true, it was sort of beside the point."

LOL

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
Yes, the Death Star thing is very funny, especially in light of Jon Stewart's constant Cheney/Vader comparisons.

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Date: 2009-04-23 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmcirvin.livejournal.com
They played intramural sports, gossiped about girls, and complained about their exams, much like every other group of college students in America. And that realization—that you could be both an extremely conservative Christian and a perfectly likeable human being—wreaked havoc on my secular worldview.
You know, to learn this it was hardly necessary to pretend to be an evangelical at Liberty University—he could have just gone to William and Mary as himself. Sometimes I forget how cloistered Northeastern liberals can actually be.

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
Actually, someone else made this point -- he got a reply on his home page or maybe in reply to the BAM article from an Evangelical Christian student AT BROWN who basically said the same thing, "come to such and such a dorm at blah o'clock and you can meet evangelicals on your very own campus!"

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Date: 2009-04-23 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicken-cem.livejournal.com
Pretending to be a student at a nutty evangelical school is hardly a new stunt, either -- Al Franken famously persuaded one of his Harvard students to do the same at Bob Jones University. They went as a fake dad/son pair seeking admission -- only they only played the caper for a day before they were found out, because someone in the drama department (finally) recognized Franken from SNL.

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