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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Catholicism is the DEVIL!!

I found this in the local Downingtown/Lionville/Exton newspaper the other day.

Wow.

I went to a Presbyterian school for eleven years. Sure, some anti-Catholic sentiment was very occasionally expressed by the governing Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association board (we weren't allowed to sing "Hail Holy Queen" at the choral competition), but this is ridiculous.

Presbyterianism was invented to eradicate those dirty Catholics, but surely we've come a long way since the goddamn Reformation. I wonder if it bothers anyone at this church that there is an entire series of lectures about the faults of Catholicism. Isn't there anything else to your religion? And since when were the Catholics a supreme threat in America anyway? They hardly have the majority. If you really want to beat them worldwide, head to South America and Africa and compete with their missionaries.

School is hard. I don't have time to do anything. The worst thing about studying music is the amount of class/rehearsal time relative to the number of credits earned. I attend orchestra for four hours a week, and rehearse like mad in my own time, for all of half a credit. String ensemble takes up another hour and a half, plus practice time, for the same. I don't think I'm even getting any credit for string quartet, which is two-plus hours a week. Factor in private music lessons and strings masterclass, and I'm involved in ten hours of face-to-face time plus hours of extra practice at home for a measly 4.5 credits.

These are the things I calculate as I stay up till two in the morning trying to organize my life while nursing a tension head/neckache from sight-reading Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances on an instrument I can't really play yet.

But, hey, I think I made some friends this week. Every day I come home like a new elementary schoolkid, and Mum Matt asks me, "Did you make any new friends today?" and I say, "No, I feel out of place and lonely," or "Someone talked to me in my Aurals class for a little bit!"
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