Texas, California, and Homosexuality

Got your attention, huh?

I figure you all are tired of me pissing and moaning–heck, I’M tired of my pissing and moaning, so I thought I’d pass on an something interesting I noted in class today.

I got my associate’s degree in CA, and I have to tell you, the California school system was quite a shock for this conservative former Marine who hadn’t been exposed to anything but your typical red-blooded Americans. I’ll admit there were times I was quite irritated with an instructor’s deliverance of ideas, as if there were no alternative to his/her liberal way of thinking, and I’d never experienced such a contempt for Christianity en masse. Now I’m not saying that there was discrimination or that I was persecuted for my beliefs or anything, but it was a very liberal environment and everyone was so worried about PC (christians obviously didn’t get that consideration), and things were said about the conservative crowd as if there were none in the room, and I was definitely the in the minority.

I will say because of that experience, though, I have become increasingly more tolerant. People are people regardless of religion, culture, beliefs, and as mentioned in the heading, sexual orientation, and I look more at individuals than at groups of people when forming opinions/drawing conclusions.

I’m now finishing my degree in Texas, and there is a marked difference in the two institutions–religion is discussed differently in my history classes-it was used prolifically in economics and political power, but in TX, it’s also discussed that people (populations) genuinely believed in what they practiced. It’s just another facet that wasn’t explored at my last school.

Anyway, I was way shocked today, and really saw how different the CA culture and the TX culture are.

I’m sitting in my History of Civilization class today and we’re learning about Greece. So, the Theban (sp?) army was made up of 150 homosexual couples called the Sacred Band; the philosophy being that each man would fight valiantly, both to impress his lover, but also to protect him. Well, immediately the laughter and the jokes began, and it didn’t come from a small section, It’s a big class, and pretty much the whole room was cracking one-liners and laughing.
Now, I have quite a few gay friends, and I’m pretty sure they would have been laughing, too, just knowing the type of people they are, but I was initially apalled. I mean in my PoliSci class in CA, there was a transgender person in my class, and no one thought anything about it–that NEVER would have happened in a classroom in California (I did always wonder which restroom he/she used, though). I was looking around the room to see if anyone was uncomfortable, but everyone was either smiling or laughing. Not to say that doesn’t mean someone wasn’t just going along w/it.
Now, my point in posting this is not to condemn or judge anyone or say one educational system is better than the other–the two cultures are just so different I had to comment.
We’re not done with Greece, and our instructor promises much more homosexuality–should be interesting!