Monday, June 23, 2008

UCSD Graduation.

Yesterday evening was the event. It was a long proceedings and the lack of a decent stadium meant that it was hard to see what was going on. The most memorable part of the graduation was the commencement speaker, Amanda Roberts, visiting professor of psychology. She is a mentally disturbed dingbat who desecrated the proceedings with a pornographic speech. I guess it was an acknowledgment that depravity is the official, established state religion here in California and psychology professors are some of the high priests of this religion.

Putting that aside, it was good to see all of the young people graduating and to know that there were a lot of passionate Christians in this gathering.

12 comments:

Livingsword said...

Hi Looney;

Ok you perked my curiosity….

What kinds of things did she say?

Looney said...

Well, she started out by referring to her graduation at UC Santa Cruz. The main thing she remembered from the graduation was drinking from the champagne bottle and passing it along. Then there was the little thing that was smoking which, well, she was ambiguous about, and then passed on. For some reason she couldn't remember what the commencement speaker had said, so ...

Then she moved on into things related to the penis, the vagina, her ex-, and well, ... what sorts of things she learned that makes college kids horny. Certainly it was a memorable speech.

Of course I usually find secular graduations depressing. Without God at the center, it seems like it is all about reaching a transition point between one form of pointless activity to another. What is encouraging is knowing that there are many Christian kids that walked across the stage, collected their diplomas, and are now looking to see where God will lead them next.

Livingsword said...

Definitely sounds like a professor of psychology….

Sounds like she used the event as a form of self therapy…

I graduated before I became a Jesus follower and I believe that “depressing “ is an accurate description, it really was about partying so I of course did not find it depressing but all that chasing the wind…..

Anonymous said...

A graduation speech doesn't have to be about God to be good, in fact since it is a public school I believe it best not to be centered about God, maybe mention him at the beginning or end. Since there are so many people of different faiths at the school it is best not to preach to them about God--everyone who believes in God in the crowd should already understand how this is part of God's goal/plan-- since it is an accomplishment for them too and it would not be pleasant to be preached at during a graduation ceremony (a few references to God are fine). However, Amanda Roberts' speech was absolute trash and left only bad tastes.

Looney said...

Yes, Anonymous, I didn't expect it to be about God.

Another aspect of this is that there were quite a large number of psychology graduates. It left me wondering what was being taught in the classrooms and school projects. Perhaps the good part of it is that the parents in the audience got a better appreciation of what $100,000 of higher education buys.

Delirious said...

Thanks for reminding me why my kids attend a religious university. My daughter is on her way to BYU's Jerusalem center where she will spend the next 8 weeks studying everything related to the Holy Land...quite a difference from what she might be studying at a state college. Our neighbor attended UC Santa Cruz and spent most of her time with "Women's Studies"....you can surmise for yourself what her curriculum entailed

Looney said...

Delirious, I must agree with that. Unless the kids are taking technical degrees with a minimum of electives, they will just get their brains filled with garbage at a 'secular' university. Sadly, some of the worst are schools that were originally founded to train Christian pastors - like the Ivy League.

Anonymous said...

I heard about the "speech" from a number of family members who had attended. They were appalled and said that they felt many in the audience felt the same way. The speech was graphic to say the least; with details about all kinds of sexual acts thrown in for good measure.

What I don't get is that NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON WALKED OUT OR MADE NOISE! If someone started talking about Jesus they would most likely have been hackled by someone.

WOW, I was blown away that someone got away with that and no one spoke out. Brothers and Sisters -make noise for what is right!!

God bless you

Looney said...

Anonymous, thanks for that comment. I think everyone was in shock, not knowing how to respond, and praying it would end quickly. How do you walk out on your own children's graduation? In any case, it would have taken ten minutes of walking to get away from the speaker system.

There was a man in front of us who stood and waved to show his unhappiness.

Matt said...

you suck religous nutjobs

Looney said...

Matt, looks like you had a good visit to Yosemite. :-) Have a good evening.

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