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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Misdirected by Ali Berman
Ben's family is not religious but he has always attended a Catholic school because his parents believe he will get a better education there. When they have to relocate for work he is enrolled at a Christian Academy. Everyone at his former school was accepting of people from different religions but Ben finds that it is not at all acceptable to be anything other than Christian at his new school, especially not an atheist like Ben. Already facing some bullying for his lack of beliefs, Ben is dismayed by the curriculum at his school which completely disregards science. Although he is trying to not make waves, Ben refuses to compromise his beliefs and writes a well-documented paper about evolution which receives an F. Ben goes on a public rant filled with expletives and ends up in more trouble than ever.
Misdirected approaches prejudice from an interesting angle which is not actually anti-Christian. Ben's girlfriend Tess is tolerant of his beliefs - more than he is of hers - and others at school support him as well. While I liked the subject and the idea of reverse discrimination, I wasn't caught up in Ben's story.