Originally Posted by Dude
Originally Posted by 22B
Was there a biblical/religious reason for this ("people aren't animals (and aren't related to them)") or was it just plain ignorance?

Only the teacher could answer that one. It sounds like a fun question to ask at an open house, though.

When I'm in a situation like this, I adopt a baffled expression and say something like, "Oh. I didn't know that. What are we then?"

Most of the time, the other person ignores me. Sometimes they give a goofy answer (which in this case might be something like "Well, we're people of course! smile "