CHECK THAT PRIVILEGE at the door, folks — upper-class regressive leftists aren’t done berating you just yet. According to a new report published by The College Fix, the prestigious George Washington University are investing time and money into a new education workshop to teach students that America is entrenched in “Christian privilege” where people, particularly of the straight, white and male variety, are the recipients of “unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across [the] country.”
Just a week after the Easter holidays, the university’s Multicultural Student Services Center decided it was the perfect time not just to eat delicious chocolate bunnies, but to host an event investigating why members of one dogmatic faith (pesky Jesus worshippers) have it easier than members of other faiths whose problematic tendencies often go unaccounted for.
Based on the descriptions on their own website, the upcoming April 5th event,“Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!” will focus on a purely American context and discuss the “role of denial when it comes to white privilege” and make sure attendees walk away with “at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person.” Hosted by Timothy Kane, the university’s interim associate director for inclusion initiatives, the event will even be accompanied by a diversity powerpoint presentation and, to my knowledge, no refreshments to make the whole social justice pandering wash down smoother.
Though we won’t know the extent of the conversation’s far-left dogma until after the event, this is the first of 15 other “free training opportunities” offered through the center seeking to “equip students and staff with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments” — extending their program to tackle such dire champagne socialist issues such as “heteroesexual privilege,” “cisgender privilege,” “able-bodied privilege,” “socio-economic privilege,” “unconscious bias,” and many more to come, I’m sure.
Publications have tried to reach Mr. Kane, the center and a campus spokesperson for comment, sadly to no avail — to the shock of literally nobody.
After all, why would we expect members of the regressive left to comment on such matters? It’s not like we have a historical precedent of the far-left refusing conservations with those even slightly right of center. In fact, the record tends to show they prefer to shut down their opposition. One can’t help but see the irony in the far-left singling out a particular religious group for a conversation, yet should their opposition speak ill of Islam they will decide that event, even if it’s entirely unrelated to religion, is worthy of a deplatform moment.
Judeo-Christians are not without their moral failings, of course. Take their history when it comes to gay rights. Praised members of the religious right, from Shapiro to fellow Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh, still consider the supreme court’s ruling on equal marriage to be a “failure of conservatives” to “win the culture war.” Often they pussyfoot around the issue with a segregation compromise that straight couples should have marriage and that gays should have civil unions — unable to provide a non-dogmatic, non-authoritarian reason as to why two people can’t indulge their first amendment right and freely join in the union of marriage.
It’s undeniably an immoral opinion, but is it the establishment opinion? Sure, same-sex marriage is still relatively recent, but where’s the Christian privilege at play here? According to the polls, 47% of Republican voters supported the supreme court’s decision, in addition to the support coming from Democrats and Independents who still lean majority Christian. While religious loonies at The Daily Wire still complain about the legal reality, preaching the homophobic rhetoric consistent with their faith, they are not the establishment force here — even when Republican politicians hold the most office seats since the 1930s.
They’re not even powerful enough to overturn Roe v. Wade, the controversial supreme court decision that allows women to have abortion up to 24 weeks, sparing extenuating circumstances that result in late-term terminations.
One might also point out the fact that churches are popular targets for would-be mass shooters. Even regressive publications such as Everyday Feminism, who proudly declare America is just littered with “Christian privilege,” admit shootings of (black) churches are nothing new. Of course, they use this for Islamic apologetics through whataboutism — drawing your attention away from undeniable atrocities waged upon Christians to defend Muslim mosques. You won’t find such behavior here. And you won’t even find that behavior at Newsweek, known as a more left-wing publication, who ran a piece explaining the very real persecution that Christians experience in a global context.
“Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution,” the report said.
“The report examined the plight of Christians in China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkey over the period lasting from 2015 until 2017. The research showed that in that time, Christians suffered crimes against humanity, and some were hanged or crucified. The report found that Saudi Arabia was the only country where the situation for Christians did not get worse, and that was only because the situation couldn’t get any worse than it already was.”
You may argue that this global framing misses the point in the American context. Sure, Westerners do have significantly more privileges than third word residing counterparts — but is this something unique to western Christians? I would bet my life on churches AND mosques being safer in the west than the eastern counterparts, and notably much more bomb-free no matter what your level of analysis.
The point is that yes, privilege exists in the western world, but it is in no great sense enjoyed more thoroughly by Christians to warrant workshops about it. There are legitimate criticisms of modern Christianity to be made (as there are every religion), but beating the drum of identity politics is a dead end, one that thankfully many people seem to be growing tired of.
George Washington University seems to have taken their eye off the ball. I prefer life, liberty and discussing the more important issues, thank you.