“The United States is the greatest country in the world.”
Is that true, false, or just something that a lot of people believe even though they can’t prove it?
Or, to put it in the language of a middle school reading class, is it fact, opinion, or a “commonplace assertion”?
The answer is obvious: It’s a commonplace assertion. People can give you their reasons for why the U.S. is or isn’t the best, but it’s not something either side can prove.
What if I gave you the statement “God exists”? Fact, opinion, or a commonplace assertion?
Once again, it’s a commonplace assertion. You can’t prove it either way, but a lot of people sure as hell believe it. (For what it’s worth, saying God doesn’t exist would be in the same category.)
There’s a controversy currently brewing in Katy, Texas, because that question about God’s existence is being used as evidence for Christian persecution.
That accusation is being made by seventh-grader Jordan Wooley, who said the statement about God was a fact. Her teacher correctly told her that was the wrong answer. Now, Wooley claims she is being forced to choose between her grades and her faith.
Wooley told the Katy Independent School District board about her dilemma on Monday night: