You can be skeptical and friendly at the same time.
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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Hemant, you would be welcome to do an exchange semester or exchange year.
What a lovely gesture from the college . Very impressive.
Cheaper than giving her a larger scholarship.
Who knows? Maybe that’s in the works. It doesn’t happen on someone’s whim.
That brightened my evening.
And one big “Fuck you” is issued by Wellesley to the religious principal who thinks abstinence works.
The principal never got around to making “the call”? Good school, good student, good fit. Congrats to all!
Nice!! I Love it!
Awesome. This made my night.
Poor principal Don Quixote. He will have to go and battle other knights with his inept bluffery.
“Put ‘em up, put ‘em up! Which one of you first? I’ll fight you both together if you want. I’ll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I’ll fight you standing on one foot. I’ll fight you with my eyes closed… ” –The Cowardly Lion right before Dorothy scares the crap out of him
Ha ha, excellent! Good on Wellesley!
I think a copy of the 30+ welcome messages on the college website need to be sent to the principal. Even one of the instructors posted a nice note. That institution really came through with a positive message to an incoming student. I’m impressed.
Aulenbacher: “Hey, Wellesley! Did you hear what this rotten little back-stabber said about our recent assembly speaker?”
Wellesley: “Awww, weally? Did the mean widdle girl hurt your pwecious fewwings? Well tough shit! Suck it up and stop being such a crybaby!”
here is his email
Not all of us are as friendly as Hemant, but thanks just the same. Still, if I find myself in a mood to rein in my assholery I might shoot him an email.
Ha, kudos to Wellesley. A small gesture perhaps, but I’m sure Katelyn appreciates any support she can get at the moment. Keep up the good fight, it can only get better from here!
see? i told you admissions people are the Coolest.
fwiw: the pastor did not answer my letter (which was posted on the previous thread). oh well, chalk it up to (fill in your favorite description of his kind here).
Principal got owned on a legendary scale.
Win ! The college comes across as clued-in and awesome, which can’t be a bad thing for them. Katelyn gets backing, and we all get too belly-laugh at the antics of conservative religious nutcases. Win all around.
Wonderful! If you haven’t already, “like” Wellesley’s status update to show support for both the school and Katelyn. And e-mail her douchebag principal to let him have a piece of your mind. (I did yesterday — his e-mail is easy to find online.)
“Dammit, I want to go to Wellesly Now”
I know! Do they accept men? It just sounds so awesome. Just my luck to be done with the college part of my life.
Reading through some of the outpouring of support for Katelyn from the Wellesley community makes me downright weepy.
I don’t know if Katelyn is an Atheist or not but she has guts. I admire her.
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