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Open Thread: #BrexitDay and the impeachment fiasco oh and maybe also the coronavirus

There’s a lot going on, and most of it is terrible.

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Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy

The knock-on effects of the coronavirus handling continue. The Aust. govt has decreed that citizens travelling back from China have to self-isolate, while everyone else is just banned from entering. Because our university sector is now heavily dependent on international students, the ban is having a massive impact, with Trimester 1 due to start in about two weeks.
I think, as people here have also said, that there’s a bit of over-reaction and hysteria going on.

Universal Kami
Universal Kami
7 months ago

@Moggie

They’re a different sect of Christian, yes.

However I’ve seen a few reject calling themselves Christian so I’m not going to lump them in if they don’t want to be.

Why was THAT the only part you focused on?

Naglfar
Naglfar
7 months ago

@Universal Kami
I’m not Christian so I’m definitely not an expert, but in my limited experience I’ve mostly seen evangelical Protestants saying that Catholics aren’t Christians. I haven’t heard Catholics say about themselves that they aren’t Christians, but maybe elsewhere it’s different.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
7 months ago

@Mish:

Because our university sector is now heavily dependent on international students, the ban is having a massive impact, with Trimester 1 due to start in about two weeks.

Hold on a minute — your university is pregnant?

Naglfar
Naglfar
7 months ago

@Surplus
In some places schools and universities break the year into 3 parts which are referred to as trimesters, rather than having 2 semesters or 4 quarters. Where I live most primary and secondary schools operate on a quarter system and most universities on a semester system, but there are still a few that use trimesters. AFAICT the only thing it has in common with pregnancy is the terminology being related to the number 3.

Moggie
Moggie
7 months ago

@Universal Kami:

Why was THAT the only part you focused on?

Because that was the offensive part. Not intentionally, I’m sure, but intent is not magic. What would you think if someone said “Americans and New Yorkers”? Same energy: a group ejected from a larger group to which they very much belong, with the implication that they somehow do something which makes them ineligible to belong. Now imagine you’re an immigrant from Mexico, where more than four in five adults identify as Catholic. See the problem?

I’ve never heard a Catholic claim not to be Christian (other than in the “I was raised Catholic, but now I’m non-religious” sense). I’ve only heard the “Christians and Catholics” line from Protestants who want to make Catholics sound lesser.

Universal Kami
Universal Kami
7 months ago

@Naglfar

That’s true, I guess people in my town are different.

@Moggie

I apologise for my misunderstanding.