At North Carolina State University, a reformed criminal came to speak at a social deviance class to talk about his past and how religion, specifically
Jesus, helped him reform himself. The purpose for having him speak at the class was to have an actual person who exhibited the behavior the class was
studying to speak with them. He was a repeat thief, who would, in his words, "hit several houses right beside each other, just bam, bam, bam." His
life was in shambles, according to him, then one day he came to his mother's house and was greeted by several police. He spent a fair amount of time
in jail, and a lot happened.
He claims he found all the answers he was searching for in Jesus Christ -- this was, according to Kinlaw (the ex-con), the power that resuscitated
him. That was Kinlaw's story.
After the first time he presented his story, the professor of the class hurridly came to him and explained that there were people of different faiths
in his class, so he didn't want Kinlaw to say Jesus -- it might offend someone (you know, that someone was able to completely turn their lives around
is a good thing, but if the change involved Christ, don't tell us how you did it).
The class is on social deviance. They learn about diviant social behavior, and they learn about reformation of such behavior. However, this teacher
decided that one form of reformation that has been shown to work, should not be mentioned at all.
The fact is: Kinlaw's religious experience is a factor in his changed life.
He was telling his story, as he was asked by the professor to do. The class wanted to know what he was like and what caused him to change. However,
this professor has decided that his students will not be permitted to learn from an individual one effective way to change. Why? Because the professor
was worried that someone might disagree. Imagine, if you will, that this was an individual who had converted to Islam in jail and turned his life
around and the professor said the same thing to him. You'd be hearing about it on the news, not through a post here in the Current Events forum of
Above Top Secret.