As previously mentioned, the weekly assignments in the PoliSci 202 course I’m currently taking is to pick one editorial and one news story, both from daily newspapers, both on the topic of national politics, and break each of them down. The information is then entered into the forum and each student has to comment on three other student’s choices.
Last week, one of my fellow students chose a story on Obamacare’s stepping on the toes of church groups in regards to contraception, taking the side of the government. One of the “facts” that she used in her description of the editorial was that “millions of American women will be denied their reproductive health care rights” if Obama caved in to the pressure from church groups. This figure was mentioned nowhere in the editorial, so she pulled out of the ether somewhere.
I made an objection. Not a huge one. I made no mention that there are no such thing as “reproductive health care rights” and that no one is denying them reproductive health care. Just like if I wanted to work somewhere that is union but don’t want to join the union, then I have to work somewhere else if my state is not a right-to-work state, if a woman wants to have her health insurance covered by her employer, working for a church may be the wrong choice for her.
No. Instead, I stated that the “millions of American women” phrase was hyperbole, because there are only tens of thousands of women who work for churches, but not “millions”.
I was immediately set up by her for “attacking the messenger”, something explicitly prohibited in the forum rules. She didn’t even attempt to say that maybe she had been misinformed or that she had some sort of evidence to prove her numbers.
Nope, I was the bad guy. I was attempting to bully her.
I have been contacted by the professor and warned to be careful in the future forums.
I explained that she was only offended because she got called out on a lie and that my comment was explicitly directed toward the information and not her. I have not yet heard back, but with my current 94% score in the class, I’ll let him dock me the points.
When I said wish me luck in my previous post on this course I didn’t know I’d need so much of it.