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 Post subject: MY HALF-YEAR OF HELL WITH CHRISTIAN FUNDIES
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:05 pm 
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My Half-Year of Hell With Christian Fundamentalists

When Polish student Michael Gromek, 19, went to America on a student exchange, he found himself trapped in a host family of Christian fundamentalists. What followed was a six-month hell of dawn church visits and sex education talks as his new family tried to banish the devil from his soul.


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Then he returns home and tells everyone what nut cases Americans are! Just great.

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Why did his sponsors, his school, his parents, and/ or guardians not do a better job of checking those "host parents" out?

My husband and I hosted an exchange student from France in the summer of 1995 for three weeks. Just for that short period of time, we were checked out thoroughly and rigerously by the representative of the organization matching students with hosts. First, I was asked if I'd be interested in opening up my home to a French student for those three weeks. When I said I might be, and my husband agreed, we were shown a set of photographs and autobiographies. After we'd chosen the student we thought would be most compatible with us, he and his parents sent us letters of introduction.

We had to fill out a questionaire which asked our attitudes toward religion and certain social customs, such as alcohol consumption, church attendance, household rules, foods usually served in our home, our movie preferences, our recreational likes and dislikes, our educational levels, etc. We were apprised of what we were required to offer the student and what the student was required to do as a foreign representative of his school and of his country while in America. By the time it was all said and done, I felt like I knew our French student almost as well as I did my own son, who was a year younger.

The Polish student should never have had to go through what he did for such a long time. He should have some legal recourse against the organization that matched him with these fundies.

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The Fundies are the ones who support Bush full strength. All 30 per cent or so of them.

I know some of you guys are Christians and I am not. So, I think I will stop right there.

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Those types can fool anyone long enough to get accepted. They were probably picture perfect.

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what agency dares to say that a sponsoring family can't host an exchange student because they're too religious?

it would end up being a holy war for any that would dare to take that step.

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