Interview on April 4, 2023 with Juan, who is studying biology, outside Cal Poly University Library at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Do you consider yourself religious?

Juan: I do. I was raised Christian. I’ve become more open-minded. Before, I would just accept my views and reject any other opinions that would go against it. But now I’m more open to other opinions, even opinions that contradict my own religion, and am more open-minded to change my own opinions or alter my own views on religion.

If someone asked you who Jesus is, what would you say?

Juan: I would say Jesus is just someone who is looking out for you at all times, who only wants the best for people, and who sets out rules and guidelines for people to live their lives the best way possible.

Why do you think there is a God?

Juan: I think there’s a God because I feel like everything that we see has a certain order and a certain structure to it and I feel like that couldn’t have come from nothing or from something spontaneous. I think there has to be something greater to it, the design of everything.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Juan: I believe in certain ways there is a life after this one. I’m not sure if my views are consistent with what is in the Bible, but I do believe there is life after.

How do you decide what is good and what is bad?

Juan: I would say it’s a combination of gut instinct – I feel like that’s there for a reason, it’s not just there spontaneously, it’s there for a reason – and there’s information you get from the Bible, information you get from other people. Certain people gravitate into your life to teach you things for a certain reason. I feel that that could be Jesus manifesting in those people.

How do you decide if abortion is right or wrong?

Juan: I feel like that depends on the situation and the circumstances regarding what led to that. In general I think it depends on the person who’s doing the abortion and what circumstances led up to them getting pregnant and them deciding to end that. It depends on the person, not on my own opinion on it.

If a biological male identifies as a woman, is it true to say that that person is a woman?

Juan: I think it depends on their own opinion on it. Since I have no experience in that myself, I don’t have any say in the matter. I don’t have the right to tell them no you can’t do this, you can’t do that. At the end of the day we’re in a free country, so I guess they can do whatever they want.

But is it true that a biological male can be a woman?

Juan: Biologically, in the sense of chromosomes and all this, I would say no. But that’s just my opinion.