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Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby holycow64 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:45 pm

Anyone have any thoughts on writing a diversity statement on how my religious beliefs could add to the intellectual diversity of the law school?

I'm definitely not a URM. I could talk about how I was the only practicing Christian on a 100 member football team in HS, went to a Christian college only to find that there is tremendous diversity within the term Christian, how my particular political philosophy has been developed out of my faith and how it could add to the pursuit of truth, etc. etc. etc.

My concerns are two fold: 1. I've already mentioned some of this stuff in my PS. and 2. It would seem to the adcomms that I'm forcing diversity where there isn't any.

IMO, I definitely think it's relevant (after all, religious beliefs greatly alter views of truth, justice, law, etc.), but I'm concerned that they wont.

Any thoughts are deeply appreciated.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby kalvano » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:56 pm

It won't make a bit of difference in whether or not you get accepted, and you run the risk of being "that guy" who submitted extra stuff and made them read it for no reason.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby RickyRoe » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:03 pm

Flame?

Writing a diversity statement about being Christian in America? It is the most popular religion worldwide. Why not write it about being white, or right handed? Maybe you could spin that into a diversity statement. Maybe if you were a Rastafarian, Scientologist, or something unique, but not a Christian.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby holycow64 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:13 pm

Au contraire. While the numbers suggest that Christians are everywhere, ask any kid trying to live out his faith in a public school in America (particularly in the North) and you'll find a very different story.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:50 pm

Write it first, then seek comments.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby goldenflash19 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:53 pm

holycow64 wrote:Au contraire. While the numbers suggest that Christians are everywhere, ask any kid trying to live out his faith in a public school in America (particularly in the North) and you'll find a very different story.


This might be your experience, but I don't see this addendum benefiting you at any but a few select schools (Pepperdine, ND if you're Catholic, etc.). Considering how popular Christianity is in the US, I fail to see how this addendum would show that, on the basis of your religion, you'll add "diversity" to the school.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby kalvano » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:49 pm

holycow64 wrote:IMO, I definitely think it's relevant (after all, religious beliefs greatly alter views of truth, justice, law, etc.)



Also, lol 0L's.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Cobretti » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:09 pm

holycow64 wrote:Anyone have any thoughts on writing a diversity statement on how my religious beliefs could add to the intellectual diversity of the law school?

I'm definitely not a URM. I could talk about how I was the only practicing Christian on a 100 member football team in HS, went to a Christian college only to find that there is tremendous diversity within the term Christian, how my particular political philosophy has been developed out of my faith and how it could add to the pursuit of truth, etc. etc. etc.

My concerns are two fold: 1. I've already mentioned some of this stuff in my PS. and 2. It would seem to the adcomms that I'm forcing diversity where there isn't any.

IMO, I definitely think it's relevant (after all, religious beliefs greatly alter views of truth, justice, law, etc.), but I'm concerned that they wont.

Any thoughts are deeply appreciated.


I think you should definitely write this. I would be particularly interested in hearing how your faith aligns with standard religious-right political philosophies. If the adcoms think you're trying to force diversity they are probably atheists and you shouldn't go to their school anyway.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby nick_scheu » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:15 pm

I'm planning on writing a diversity statement on my experience as a Republican at UC Berkeley. Good idea?

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:17 pm

mrizza wrote:
holycow64 wrote:Anyone have any thoughts on writing a diversity statement on how my religious beliefs could add to the intellectual diversity of the law school?

I'm definitely not a URM. I could talk about how I was the only practicing Christian on a 100 member football team in HS, went to a Christian college only to find that there is tremendous diversity within the term Christian, how my particular political philosophy has been developed out of my faith and how it could add to the pursuit of truth, etc. etc. etc.

My concerns are two fold: 1. I've already mentioned some of this stuff in my PS. and 2. It would seem to the adcomms that I'm forcing diversity where there isn't any.

IMO, I definitely think it's relevant (after all, religious beliefs greatly alter views of truth, justice, law, etc.), but I'm concerned that they wont.

Any thoughts are deeply appreciated.


I think you should definitely write this. I would be particularly interested in hearing how your faith aligns with standard religious-right political philosophies. If the adcoms think you're trying to force diversity they are probably atheists and you shouldn't go to their school anyway.


This. There aren't enough true Christians in the U.S. And as has been noted on many different occasions, the Christian community's number one concern is seeking out the truth, no matter the situation. Reinforcing your objectivity in truth's pursuit can only bolster your application.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby CorkBoard » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:22 pm

Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Cobretti » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:24 pm

CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:26 pm

mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby kalvano » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:27 pm

Lenahan3 wrote:
mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.



How's the air up there on your cross?

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:29 pm

kalvano wrote:
Lenahan3 wrote:
mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.



How's the air up there on your cross?


Heavy with the smog of unbelievers, but thank you for your concern.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:30 pm

Lenahan3 wrote:
mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.


Clearly not. You are everywhere. No one cares about your struggle, you aren't a real minority.

Look at me, I am not even from this country. People see my religion and think of bombings. You know nothing about struggle. You never faced a difficult situation in your life based on diversity and every ad-com already knows this.

I beg you, if you really think there is anything about being a devout CHRISTIAN (CMON NOW!) in America, please write this PS. But we all know that certainly isn't the case.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Cobretti » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:33 pm

sinfiery wrote:
Lenahan3 wrote:
mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.


Clearly not. You are everywhere. No one cares about your struggle, you aren't a real minority.

Look at me, I am not even from this country. People see my religion and think of bombings. You know nothing about struggle. You never faced a difficult situation in your life based on diversity and every ad-com already knows this.

I beg you, if you really think there is anything about being a devout CHRISTIAN (CMON NOW!) in America, please write this PS. But we all know that certainly isn't the case.


Sinfiery, like any good Christian I am turning the other cheek. Hopefully you realize the error of your ways and convert before you go to hell. god bless.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby heyunthebushes » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:33 pm

I blame Obama for this thread.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby bitsy » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:39 pm

OP i think you have to look no further than this thread for evidence that your DS is warranted. as a christian, you have to constantly defend your beliefs-- much like you will be doing as a lawyer. most of the adcoms are probably christian non-urms too, and they'll value your faith.

~*~Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:40 pm

sinfiery wrote:
Lenahan3 wrote:
mrizza wrote:
CorkBoard wrote:Wait, so you're diverse in the sense that you're like pretty much every WASP applying to law school? Is that how it works nowadays?


Typical atheist, don't belittle our struggle.


Us Christians are constantly struggling against the cynicism you're displaying towards our cause. For shame.
If anything, we are the minority.


Clearly not. You are everywhere. No one cares about your struggle, you aren't a real minority.

Look at me, I am not even from this country. People see my religion and think of bombings. You know nothing about struggle. You never faced a difficult situation in your life based on diversity and every ad-com already knows this.

I beg you, if you really think there is anything about being a devout CHRISTIAN (CMON NOW!) in America, please write this PS. But we all know that certainly isn't the case.


Sinfiery, I beg of you, consider your words. My God knows who is true among, and you as a blasphemous sinner have no right to say we don't have struggles. You haven't stepped in our shoes.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby 99.9luft » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:42 pm

I think OP should definitely write a diversity statement on being religious. Given that being religious is a mental illness, adcoms need to know if they are letting in a special kid.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Cobretti » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:42 pm

bitsy wrote:OP i think you have to look no further than this thread for evidence that your DS is warranted. as a christian, you have to constantly defend your beliefs-- much like you will be doing as a lawyer. most of the adcoms are probably christian non-urms too, and they'll value your faith.

~*~Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Amen, sister Bitsy

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:42 pm

mrizza wrote:
bitsy wrote:OP i think you have to look no further than this thread for evidence that your DS is warranted. as a christian, you have to constantly defend your beliefs-- much like you will be doing as a lawyer. most of the adcoms are probably christian non-urms too, and they'll value your faith.

~*~Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Amen, sister Bitsy

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:45 pm

mrizza wrote:Sinfiery, like any good Christian I am turning the other cheek. Hopefully you realize the error of your ways and convert before you go to hell. god bless.

I've heard that line before. From every single person ever. Strong example of diversity!

Lenahan3 wrote:Sinfiery, I beg of you, consider your words. My God knows who is true among, and you as a blasphemous sinner have no right to say we don't have struggles. You haven't stepped in our shoes.


Even your fellow brethern admit that are everywhere. You are the applicants, you are the ad-coms, you are work at LSAC, you are not special!


bitsy wrote:most of the adcoms are probably christian non-urms too, and they'll value your faith.

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Re: Religious Diversity Statement?

Postby Lenahan3 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:47 pm

Lenahan3 wrote:Sinfiery, I beg of you, consider your words. My God knows who is true among, and you as a blasphemous sinner have no right to say we don't have struggles. You haven't stepped in our shoes.


THe only examples of real struggles you need are us God-fearing Christians struggling against the overwhelming hatred of sinners like you.




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