"The Catholic Church says rape is better than homosexuality."
"The Catholic Church is about to allow condoms to be used."
"The Church doesn't like to openly discuss sex."
What should a college student do?
- Stay calm
- Politely ask your professor for a reference citation. This can be done after class. You can even avoid the appearance of confrontation if you want, just go for general inquiry: "You said the Catholic Church is [insert crazy claim like "burning homosexuals in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday"], I'd like to learn more about that?"
- If your professor gives you a citation, investigate and look into things to see what might be distorted. In the case of one comment a student brought to me, I knew the professor was deliberately distorting St. Thomas Aquinas- even without the source.
- In this case, if you find discrepancies and outright errors, assume goodwill on your professor's part. Bring a citation that helps and corrects the misconception.
- If goodwill isn't present and error is clear, then you want to see what your resources are in your University- such as the evaluations, letters to deans, etc.
- If your professor does not have a source or even refuses to give you a source, then you have a couple options.
- If you wanted to protect your anonymity, you could wait for evaluations and make a comment like: "professor made disparaging/negative claims against an ethno-religious group and did not provide sources when asked"
- You could privately and politely ask the professor about why they are making blanket claims without reliable sources.
- You could go all 1960s on them and plan a protest. Though it might be good to talk to a faculty advisor/dean/advocate in that case JUST to make sure your academic future is covered.