It’s hard being a white Christian in Kansas.

It’s hard being a white Christian in Kansas. December 12, 2013

Michaelyn alerted me to a column in the Kansas State college newspaper by Laura Meyers that must be read to be believed.  It’s titled “Being Christian conservative in college has its ups, downs.”  It opens with:

I am a minority. Not only am I left-handed and red-haired, but I am also a Christian conservative on a college campus. Do you know what that’s like? It’s like being Madonna in a monastery.

Does she imagine the majority of the people in Kansas are not conservative or Christians?  Kansas State is even the agriculture school where a lot of conservatives go.  Seriously, if a Christian in Kansas is a minority, who does she imagine the majority is?

Every year seems to have a special buzzword. In 2003, it was “Crocs.” In 2012, it was “gluten.” Now, it’s “diversity,” and you have to say it with a little sparkle in your voice. I love the real definition of diversity of a variety or discrepancy. However, I despise, I mean seriously don’t like, what the new definition of the word is developing into. As a disclaimer, my graduation speech was about how we’re all like a box of crayons, OK? I’m fruity.

What I mean by this new definition, though, is that the word “diversity” is becoming a blanket of hypersensitivity over select issues and groups. But I guess you’ve got to know people to get on the list, because not all minorities are on it. Mine isn’t.

The person complaining about how hard it is to be a Christian in Kansas accuses others of hypersensitivity.  Whatever high school she attended failed her.  It failed to teach her self-awareness as well as the meaning of irony.

I’ve never seen a diversity poster or presentation in which a person or text said, “No matter if a person is white, conservative or Christian … ” That just doesn’t happen, and honestly that’s how I like it. It doesn’t make sense to me why anyone would be OK with this buzzword that makes it seem like their demographic is asking for sympathy.

And what is the best explanation for this?  In the eyes of Meyers it’s because the nebulous majority (who is not white, conservative, or Christian in Kansas) has it in for her kind.  It certainly isn’t because she’s not a minority, or even close to a minority, if that’s what you’re thinking.

I go to class, and if I have the balls I may bring it up in discussion that I’m a Christian. At that point, I’m stripped naked and everyone is staring at me. I’m the freak. You love … Jesus? Or I’m tagged as a hypocritical, homophobic, anti-social, judgmental traditionalist that doesn’t understand basic science and how the “real world” works.

If you think being a conservative Christian in Kansas makes you a minority, guess what, you don’t understand how the real world works.

As for the rest, I don’t trust the self-reporting of somebody so eager to be martyr.

Scenario 2: Let’s say I’m in a class discussion and I announce that I’ve voted for a Republican. Once again, it’s like I just carelessly cut the cheese and everyone smells it. At this point, most people assume I run a puppy mill, steal from old ladies and selfishly smoke Cuban cigars in my multimillion dollar condominium. I’m the target, all because I don’t believe in socialized medicine and support fiscal responsibility and freedom.

Somebody disagreed with you in your political science class.  Truly, you have tasted oppression.  If only black people or atheists in Kansas could imagine what it must be like to be you and have to share the classroom with people who disagree with us.  I don’t know how we would cope.

As a Christian, when I’m being falsely accused or feel like I’m battling alone I remember that Jesus said that Christians would be hated just as He was hated. I’m proud of this. I don’t need a poster to say so; I can say it better with my own voice.

It’s funny though.  Does Laura think all Christians around her are hated?  Surely not.  Perhaps Laura gets the occasional sneer (which totally sets her apart from groups like atheists) because she is obnoxious and overly confident in ill-formed opinions, not because she’s a Christian.  Nah, the problem can’t be with her.

If I’m being jumped by a classroom full of liberals, I just think, “They’re just mad their health care website can’t function properly. They haven’t read the Constitution, they don’t know. If anything happens, at least I’m a part of the armed party.”

Yes, if people disagree with you in class, it must be because of residual anger about unrelated political scuffles and not because they just disagree with your spectacularly well-thought out opinions.  Their disagreement must be on account of their own ignorance in comparison to a brilliant mind like yours, and envy for the operational cleverness of a political party that shut down the government.

And the fact that somebody who could not be in a more majority position boasts of owning guns while thoroughly convinced the world is against them…that does not make me (a pro-gun, but pro sensible restrictions person) feel good about the present (lack of) gun control laws.

Seriously, if being a conservative, white Christian in Kansas isn’t comfortable enough for you, you’re going to live a very whiny, unsatisfied life.  There is some good news though: you’ll fit right in with the Republican party and never be alone, even as the GOP is becoming more and more a minority on the national level.  It’s probably because we’re all jealous.

This young woman did not acquire these thoughts out of thin air.  Whoever put them in her head, whoever fed her so full of this BS and shielded her from exposure to the real world which may have given her some perspective (even if those people are her parents), seriously failed her.

 

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