[Chad] Farnan recorded his teacher telling students in class: “What country has the highest murder rate? The South! What part of the country has the highest rape rate? The South! What part of the country has the highest rate of church attendance? The South!”
The school administration declined to take action against the teacher. The fact that the teacher refers to “The South” as a “country” should be reason enough for discipline but none was forthcoming. Apparently the school is not troubled by generalizations in which correlation is seen to be evidence of causation… at least when Christians are the target of the baseless vitriol. Attacking Christians is not politically incorrect.
Let’s try a thought experiment where we make an identical error in assuming of correlation equals causality and imagine this was the teacher’s rant: “What country has the highest murder rate? The South! What part of the country has the highest rape rate? The South! What part of the country has the highest percentage of black people? The South!”
It would be exactly the same logical fallacy as the teacher’s actual comment about Christians. There is no more or no less basis for blaming crime on Christians than on black people. Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine that the reaction of the school would not have been very different than in the actual case above.
That raises a few questions… How would the reaction of the school administration been different if the teacher had ranted to his class that the crime rate in the American South was because of its high percentage of black people? Why would the reaction be any different?
Discuss among yourselves.