So, there's a kid in my English class that tries to test the boundaries of religious persecution by saying things like, "Jesus is a fictional hero just like Beowulf". Also, he pokes fun of Jesus when he can--in drawings and snide remarks, you know, the regular everyday rebellious teen who tries to rock the boat.
Today I finally said, "_________, you know that the students around you have all come to terms with the idea that religion might be a social construct. Some decided it is and some have not. Either way, you're disrespectful remarks are not going to change their minds." I then assured the class that I had religion and was in fact LDS. The kid then nodded, kind of knowingly. And 2 seconds later, another kid said, "I've never thought of religion as a social construct, but now I am."
I. am. so. stupid.
Why didn't I just give the regular "respect thy neighbor" speech? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.