I finally got hold of Ann Coates, the mastermind behind the Adult Academy in Eden Prairie.
First of all, let me say that Ann Coates is a woman of excellent literary taste. It took her a year and a half to read "The Da Vinci Code" because it was so stunningly boring. "I just didnt' think it was that good. And I am not interested in reading anything else by Dan Brown."
She decided to host the seminar anyway, though. "Between the movie and the book, I thought it would be good to offer a forum."
I asked her what it was about Opus Dei that was so frightening.
"Well," she said, " for one thing, nobody even knows if they exist or not!"
AlI I could do was try to break it to her gently.
"Are you Catholic?" she demanded.
"Well....that's why you know about it, then," she said. "I'm not Catholic so that's why I didn't know."
[Full disclosure: I am not a Buddhist. But I know who the Dalai Lama is. I'm not a Protestant, but I know what Campus Crusade is. I'm not Hasidic but I can tell you who Rabbi Schneerson was, I'm not a New Ager but... well, you get the idea.]
"Look," she went on, "I don't even know what Opus Dei is. All I know is from the novel. " And as to the "frightful" bit , "I just go with what the teacher write. I didn't question it."
Well. There's really only one word for it:
So I've decided to submit a few course proposals myself. You can sign on online at www.publiceducationiswortheverytaxpayersdimeIswear.com
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