Educated Prejudice

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In my morning internet wanderings today I came across two articles, shared by two different friends, both about prejudice in academia – one at the college level, “An Acceptable Prejudice?” and the other at the pre-school level, “LR Christian Academy rejects Mormon as pupil.”

Perhaps I’m lucky, but the only thing I’ve ever noticed is that I have to ask for water at department lunches (and then have to remind the wait staff to keep refilling the pitcher because everyone at the table decides that’s a better idea than the iced tea originally provided). But I’ve been doing something similar since fourth grade when I volunteered to bring Sprite to a class party because everyone else was bringing Coke (and the Sprite was always the first thing we ran out of too).

Mormonism has come up in a class discussion every so often. The last time I had the opportunity to clear up some misunderstandings a few classmates had about what the LDS Church teaches with regards to science. But I’ve never felt attacked for my beliefs by classmates or professors.

But I know prejudice is out there. Which is why I don’t blatantly advertise my beliefs, I let them percolate out. I talk about the year and a half I lived in Brasil and don’t mention I was there as an LDS missionary unless asked. I have photos of us on our wedding day in front of the Bountiful temple in my office, but I don’t go into details about why we got married there unless asked. I tell people I got my undergraduate degree from BYU and taught in Utah for six years, and it’s pretty easy to assume from that. Being LDS is part of everything I do and I am very proud (that seems like the wrong word) of who I am, but I don’t shove it in people’s faces. Because I know that there are people who would be more than happy to shove it right back.

3 shared thoughts about Educated Prejudice

  1. mama G says:

    I thought it was funnny that one lady said that Mormons should start their own school. I guess she has never heard of BYU. I guess University’s don’t count in her mind. :tractor:

  2. Brett says:

    Although I have been a bit lukewarm about the Romney candidacy, it’s possible that the dialog surrounding Mormonism will help clear up some misconceptions, at least among the few who prefer not to believe in misconceptions.

    You have me curious now: what *does* the LDS church teach with regard to science? :brett:

    • Giggles says:

      It was actually more a conversation about what it *doesn’t* teach, regardless of what some individuals choose to believe. :lisa:


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