I’m adding this sentence from a paper to my list of memorable student quotes,

The religious affiliations of the United States as a whole are that 77% of people are Christian (which includes Catholics, Baptists, Protestants, Methodists, Lutherans, Christians, Proletarians, Episcopalians, Mormons, and others), 1% are Jewish, 1% are Muslim, 1% are Buddhist, less than 1% are Hindu, 1% have other affiliations, 14% have no religious affiliation, and 5% refuse to disclose their affiliation.

I highlighted the mix-up for those who aren’t reading it closely enough to catch it. I’m sure Marx would roll over in his grade if “proletarians” were considered a religion, but, then again, maybe Proletarians would bring a much-needed focus on social stratification to religious practice.  The creed of the proletarian,

There is no god, but our masters, the bourgeoisie, are demon spawn from hell. 

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5 Replies to “Workers of the World Unite! (on Sunday… in Church?)”

  1. I look forward to hearing you say that once you’ve actually had to read a batch of student papers! Ugh! Sometimes they are really good and not a chore to read, but that is generally the exception rather than the rule… 🙁

    At least, that’s the case in Sociology. Maybe things are different if you’re in English (if you ever teach English 101, though, I’m guessing not).

  2. Please do. Actually, you should keep a list of funny student typos and faux pas on your blog. They are always good for a laugh.

  3. Actually, my first assignment this fall will be teaching English 106, freshman composition, and I hear that everyone has to take it. You’re probably right about the coming chore, however. I’ll check back with you in a few months once I get some real experience!

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