My older daughter is a senior. Apparently, Young Life is growing in popularity in her high school. At least as a place to see and be seen. She is broken up with her boyfriend now, but a few weeks ago when they were still together, he wanted her to come over after school. The relationship was on its last legs, and she declined. So that night, he went to Young Life instead, knowing she would be annoyed by this. Notice the sentence above: Young Life is known as a place to see and be seen. Kids go there to check out the opposite sex.
The story could end right there. But unfortunately, it doesn’t. The boyfriend’s mother decided to use this opportunity to unfriend me on Facebook. Her reason? I had the audacity to wonder -in print, right there on social media for our tiny little world to see- if there were any Secular Student Alliances in the area. Because just posting this question, and I quote my simple status, “Are there any Secular Student Alliances in the area?” is a reflection of how I am “antagonistic and hostile toward religion.”
We live in a world of Sacred Cows. Where just wondering if an alternative to Hormone-Enriched Youth Indoctrination is a heinous act. Where attending a religious function to pick up babes is considered leverage in teen relationships. Where being out as an atheist is a perfect reason to no longer being Facebook Friends.