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There are far worse things awaiting man than death...
So my workplace provides tuition reimbursement providing you work there for two years and are willing to continue working for them two years after you finish. It's in my plans, so it works. A co-worker of mine was already attending a school, so since it was already a school I knew would be approved by the county, I enrolled in that.

Needless to say, I probably didn't think that through, but I am having fun.

For example, when we are having a forum Q&A session about religion and everyone immediately responds with only Christianity, with some of them daring to touch on Mormonism and the such and getting the details wrong. Obviously, my approach is generally to answer with every other religion's perspective. As this is a school, I don't care if you are discussing your own religion: cite your sources. It's a fucking educational forum. Otherwise, I will politely point out some of your discrepancies and THEN ask you to cite your cites. ...yes, I do this politely. I can be amazingly polite, such as when my dad asked if I still claimed to be an atheist.

...in hindsight, that was very funny. I suggested to him before and after that comment to go to my religious and well educated uncle for thoughts on his conversion and probably not me. I did try very, very hard to be good, and I've learned how to very politely call someone a fucking uneducated idiot. I might never have picked up a degree regarding religion, but I've had an interest for years and discussions with an uncle who has several degrees in theology and a background in the priesthood. I don't think a newly converted Christian should look at me and make comments about me claiming to be an atheist.

It's very similar to this forum, really. Cite your sources or get the hell out.

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*cackles* Oh, religion. You're just so fun to poke with a stick.

It's not even that! If you're so damned religious, you should be able to make a better argument than I am so damned religious I love God! It's not like we don't have fucking centuries of philosophers and theologians covering the subject!

*facepalm* I know, right? The sheer amount of writing alone in the big three monotheistic religions could fill how many massive libraries?

Clearly a lot of people, even in academia, don't think of things like evidence, evaluating sources, logic, or the scientific method having any role to play in forming either their opinions or their world view. It may be a failing on my part, but I don't see any way to debate with these people, especially when many don't even seem to think there is such a thing as "right" or "correct", just "belief" and "opinion". You can't say their idea that (insert horrible religious-political belief here), because it's just their belief, but they'll still vote and campaign just like it's a fact...

I have the same problem with all followers of 'Arts' subjects and disciplines, though, which seems like most of the world sometimes ¬__¬

*flails* But they can't tell me, in either Religion or the Arts, that they can't find articles and books and countless papers on the subject. It's not like these are new subjects. In an educational environment, you should be able to check out the centuries' worth of thought and documentation to back your point. It's one thing in a non-educational environment, where the only thing people want to hear is how smart they are. In an educational environment, you should actually be required to cite your damned sources!

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