CHAPEL HILL, NC— Joanna Davis, sophomore philosophy major and active member of the University Presbyterian Church, has, according to her classmates, ceased to say anything of worth in her History of Ethics class since quoting The New Testament last week.
Contributing to a class conversation concerning virtue-based ethics on Tuesday, Davis offered Philippians 4:8 as an example of Christianity’s penchant for universal tenets of goodness. Since then, Davis’s classmates have found many of her comments in class “biased,” “stilted,” and “fanatical.”
“She’s clearly intelligent and her reference to scripture was spot on, analytically” said Ankita Paatni, classmate and sophomore. “I just wish she wouldn’t shove her Bible so far down my throat that I can’t breathe.”
Davis has not made any more comments related to Christianity since Tuesday, but, according to sources within the class, it is clear that she’s always itching to bring it up.
“She just loves making the rest of us feel bad,” said junior Benjamin Carulo. “When I mentioned John Elerick’s Huffington Post article about how sin doesn’t exist I saw her started scribbling down notes on her notebook. I get it, I’m going to hell. Fuck off.”
Davis, the daughter of accountant Todd Davis and nurse practitioner Linda Davis, grew up in a Christian home in Raleigh, attending church each Sunday. Her philosophy professor, Dr. Richard Reichart, has taken notice of her faith.
“Today Joanna made an astute observation regarding Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy,” said Dr. Reichart. “I was impressed by her restraint. We certainly didn’t need another outburst like last week’s.
“I suppose it’s good that someone like her is at least interested in taking a philosophy course,” he added.
Davis is considering dropping History of Ethics because of her discomfort in the class, though she is not sure what triggered her peers’ quiet derision.
“One day we were all discussing the Categorical Imperative; the next, people started rolling their eyes whenever I spoke up,” Davis said. “One guy scoffed because he thought my hand was raised while I was stretching.”
Davis’s classmates say they are disappointed that she might drop the course.
“I’ve enjoyed hearing Joanna’s perspective these past few weeks,” said sophomore Dylan French. “I also really like discussing with my friends whether we think Jesus girl has sex with her boyfriend. She totally does, right? You can tell. She is such a hypocrite.”