Here’s Cindy Lou Why‘s Story:
And here’s Conner’s:
I was brought up in a conservative christian school in Texas. At first I believed my parents when I went to church every Sunday and prayed before dinner. growing up I was bullied by the masculine culture of that school because of my interests in art, dancing, and poetry rather than football, camping, or hunting. I was viewed as too feminine by my classmates. The school had plenty of students from wealthy christian families but I was not one of them. I was enrolled through an education voucher at the wishes of my family who didn’t want to see me in a secular public school and didn’t have time to home-school me. I received a 2nd class treatment in high school by the staff whenever I approached the school faculty with a problem that I was being harassed or verbally abused by another student they would feign advice on how to help me cope with it (such as the good lord doesn’t see you that way or you shouldn’t be so sensitive). Never once were those bullies punished (they had wealthy families who donated countless amounts of money to the school). Everyday I would pray to God for justice or an escape until I realized that there isn’t anyone listening. I realized that people can use the bible to justify any behavior. I gradually became distrustful of christianity to the point now three years after my high school graduation I realized its all delusion bullshit. I found comfort in my academic pursuits in college where I was introduced to scientific concepts such as evolution and astrophysics which gave me a perspective of the world that made so much more sense. Here am now, shunned by people I grew up with in school, mistrusted by my fundamentally christian family, and I couldn’t feel more alive and more sane!