California Catholic Daily reporter, Mary Rose, visits a California college each week and asks students about God, good, and evil. Interviews with Caricia, who is pursuing general studies of women, outside the Acacia building, and with Alexandra, who is studying criminal justice, near the math and science building at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose on October 22, 2019.

Caricia

Do you consider yourself religious?

Caricia: Not really. I believe in God.

If an atheist ask you why you believe in god, what would you say?

Caricia: I would just say there has to be something out there that created us at some point. We’re here because something created us. God has created a purpose for us here.

How do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong?

Caricia: I decide what’s right based on if I want to be treated that way. So if something racist happens then I believe that that’s not right. I wouldn’t want to be treated that way. I always believe in the good stuff. I believe that there’s some good in every people. Even though they might have some tough times, they might have a reason for why they act bad.

What do you think about abortion?

Caricia: I believe that women should do whatever they want with their bodies. It’s not born yet, it’s not fully created. The baby is not fully created so I feel like if the woman doesn’t want the baby then she should have that choice, not anybody else. They don’t know what’s going on, they don’t know her situation.

Should a woman in difficult circumstances be able to kill her newborn?

Caricia: No. She should be able to set up something like adoption or ask a family member if they can take care of it rather than kill the baby.

Why should she be able to make that decision before birth but not after birth?

Caricia: Well, it depends. Say it’s like seven months into the pregnancy, I’d say she shouldn’t. But when it’s earlier then she should have the choice. I feel like it’s that kind of time where the baby is actually growing, it’s actually there in a way.

What does General Studies of women mean?

Caricia: Studying women’s rights. It also involves the LGBT community. Basically, the history of women, the women’s suffrage movement, basically anything, what’s right and what’s wrong, how women have struggled all the time.

What do you mean by “what’s right and what’s wrong?”

Caricia: Men thinking they have all the power and that women are useless. They think that they’re housewives and they’re not capable of anything else.

Why are you taking general studies of women?

Caricia: I feel like it’s been too long that women aren’t seen as capable as men and it’s time to do something. Also, if a woman were to be sexually harassed, police and law enforcement don’t really do anything about that, so it’s the men that get away with it. So it’s time to do something about it. 

Alexandra

Do you consider yourself religious?

Alexandra: A little bit. I believe in God but I just don’t go to church as much anymore. Growing up, we would go to church with my little brothers and my sister. We would listen to what the pastor was saying and it would be things they would tell us, like, “oh, because of this, God did that,” or “God this and God that” so I grew up believing in God my whole life and I still do.

If an atheist asked you why you believe in god, what would you say?

Alexandra: It’s just what I grew up believing.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Alexandra: Yeah, I think people come back in a different form or something.

Does it depend on if they’re good or bad?

Alexandra: No. I think they always come back.

How do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong?

Alexandra: You should just know what’s right or wrong.

What do you think about abortion?

Alexandra: I’m on the borderline, so it’s in between. It depends on the situation. 

What do you think about assisted suicide? In California someone with a terminal illness can ask a doctor to help him commit suicide.

Alexandra: It’s their life. If that’s what they want to do, then by all means.

If you were walking across the Golden Gate Bridge and you saw someone about to jump would you say, “oh well, it’s their life”?

Alexandra: I mean don’t do it, but if they want to do it, go ahead. 

Could they be wanting the wrong thing?

Alexandra: Yeah. Why would you want to do that, can’t you do something else. There’s alternatives that they don’t think about because they’re like, “I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this” and then they’re there for hours and I’m like, “you shouldn’t have done this in the first place.”

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