Columns / Discourse / February 11, 2015

Response to ‘Classroom politics from the right’

You have no idea how glad I am that someone finally said something regarding the gross discrimination faced by white Catholics on Knox’s “inclusive” campus. I, too, have gone toe-to-toe with some of the most prejudiced individuals you could imagine while fighting for my freedom of speech as a white Christian. We can no longer remain silent on these problems that thrive in the dark undercurrent of Knox’s community.

I’ve had anti-Catholic encounters before coming to Galesburg; on multiple occasions, I’ve been denied employment based upon my open devotion to Christ (and, I suspect, because of my masculinity and Caucasian heritage).

Even during my upbringing in the church, I witnessed hundreds of blasphemous incidents; much too often, my fellow “Catholic” classmates would denounce a spiritual connection to the Lord  as “glorified schizophrenia,” publicly show disdain for the taste of Communion wafers and spray obscene graffiti of the extremist, homosexual variety on the house of our kind, elderly, straight pastor.

My empathy for the Knox Conservatives overflows. It is exceedingly difficult to be on the unpopular end of the political table, especially when that side has been occupied by the same people that we have institutionally oppressed for decades while holding an overwhelmingly Christian rule over the entirety of the country through various forms of inequitable power structures that are both judicially and democratically mandated and maintained. What is a well-intended Republican to do in this time of hateful intolerance?

Anti-Catholic sentiments, indeed, are on an equivalent level of discrimination (surely, it should be an ism by now) as anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic sentiments. H*ck, I gotta agree that anti-any-religion-ist ideology is just as pervasive and toxic as racism and sexism in America. Just look at what’s going on at Knox: the Knox Conservatives were threatened by some wacko leftist who wanted to burn their table down to the ground, much like witches burnt at the stake back in the 17th century.

Not only that, but a good number of professors spread misinformation about Christianity and white folks. It went as far as a screening of the black, atheist propaganda film “Dear White People” this month. I never realized how intolerable Knox’s community was of white people until I went to see that movie: can you imagine how many of us left the film hurt and confused, with no place to voice our feelings?

Now, we Catholics generally might oppose women’s rights to bodily autonomy, and we might have concealed the most egregious variety of sexual harassment scandals in all of world history, as well as committed innumerable acts of violence in the name of our awesome God by waging destructive wars and persecuting groups of people who don’t believe exactly what we do. But that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to continue representing this great country, and it sure doesn’t mean that I should be forced to tolerate a professor telling me to read something other than my church’s biweekly newsletter. #StopAntiAnyReligionism


Timmy Connor

Tags:  Catholicism crusades Dear White People politics prejudice privilege Republican response

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