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Topic: Vote/Voted off the Island (05/29/14)
TITLE: Truth vs Theory
By Rachel Jamerson
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Evan was a member of the Island Committee. The Committee's name had been chosen to remind everyone of the rules concerning decisions. All decisions were to be made without outside influence, prejudice, or personal bias. Projects presented for evaluation were to be judged solely on their own merit.
Mary slid into a parking place, snatched her backpack from the back seat and stormed up the sidewalk. “How can he be unbiased,” she fumed out loud. “We have to do something! An Atheist will never approve a project challenging Evolution.”
“Hey there, what’s your hurry?” Matthew was on his way to the library and almost collided with Mary.
“Oh Matthew, I just found out that Evan is on the Island Committee and he is an Atheist!” Mary’s hands were trembling. “We worked so hard for this opportunity we can’t give up now. Go find Betsy & Ron we need to brainstorm for a solution to this problem,” Mary pleaded. “Give me five minutes to call Harold and we will meet you all at the library.”
The Island Committee had been formed several years ago by the students at Westridge Community College. It had been a great success. Seven members of the upcoming student body were chosen each year, to sit as judges on the Committee. They were responsible for evaluating projects presented by various groups on campus that challenged established theory.
Ron pushed his way through a group of students in front of the library and rushed over to where Matthew and Betsy were waiting. “What is going on?” demanded Ron, “You sounded desperate on the phone.”
“We are desperate!” yelled Mary, as she and Harold entered the building. “Our project is about to be sabotaged, we need a plan!”
“That’s right, we just learned that Evan is a member of the Island Committee, and that means sure death for our project.” The tone of Mathew’s voice revealed his great discouragement.
“Well there is only one thing we can do,” Betsy’s mind was spinning. She was dubbed the brains of the group so everyone waited patiently for her suggestion.
“As students we have the right to protest any member we feel could not abide by the rules, and request a vote concerning their removal.”
“But you know how prejudiced everyone is concerning God, do you really think they would vote him off?” Ron’s voice wavered with indecision. Any mention of God has been removed from academics for twenty-five years.”
“That is true,” replied Mary, “but you forget these judges must be unbiased. Why do you think there are no Christians on the committee?”
“Do you really think the rest of the students will see him as biased?” asked Harold.
“We have God on our side, so what do we have to lose?” replied Mary.
Two weeks later:
Mary was running down the sidewalk waving something in her hand. “What is she yelling about?” asked Ron. He and the rest of the group were having lunch in the cafeteria.
Mary bursts through the double doors and made a beeline for their table. “They voted,” she screamed, “Evan was voted off the Island!” “Our God is good!”
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