Backlash Hits University Attacking 'Christian Privilege' Days After Easter


For liberals, just being white isn’t bad enough anymore.

According to a 90-minute training session being offered by George Washington University, whites who happen to be Christian are even worse.

But judging by the response on social media so far, Christians aren’t exactly turning the other cheek.

First reported by the Christian Post, GWU is using the first week after Easter to host a session on so-called “Christian privilege” to teach all those bigoted believers in the Christian faith how they can recognize “bias” and “microaggression” in their own lives.

Dubbed “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?”, the seminar, scheduled for Thursday, purports to explore how belief in Christianity results in unmerited benefits for the baptized.

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“Let’s reflect upon ways we can live up to our personal and national values that make room for all religious and secular identities on an equal playing field,” the university’s website states.

Well, Twitter users decided to do a little reflecting of their own about the condition of Christians in the world today.

And what they came up with wasn’t likely what the seminar organizers had in mind.

There’s no need to get into a big “we’re-more-persecuted-than-you-are” argument here. But the facts are the facts, and the facts are that major legal battles are being fought even today over the rights of Christians to believe what they choose — even in a country where their freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution.

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The Little Sisters of the Poor had to fight to the Supreme Court to prevent the federal government from forcing an order of nuns to provide birth control to employees in violation of their religious beliefs (the court dodged a final ruling in 2016, but as David French pointed out at National Review, it was still a victory for the sisters).

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During this very term, the high court is deciding whether a Christian bakery in Colorado was within its rights to decline to bake a cake to celebrate a homosexual wedding that its owner felt violated his beliefs. A decision on that case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, is expected in June, according to Fox News.

So, spare us the “Christian privilege” argument.

As more than a few commenters pointed out, Christianity is the only religion in America today where it’s open season for pop-culture mockery.

Basically, Americans were tired enough of having their skin color constantly thrown in their faces by their alleged moral superiors — no matter what their race.

The decision by GWU to host a seminar to explore how biased the country is in favor of Christianity is just another insult.

Even the question in the seminar’s title is a bait for the unaware. No, strictly speaking, the Founding Fathers weren’t all Christian. Thomas Jefferson, for instance, famously created his own “bible” that literally cut out mentions of the New Testament’s miracles, according to the Smithsonian magazine.

But what they all were — to a man — were products of the Christian civilization of Western Europe and the Enlightenment, steeped in the foundational beliefs of the worth of the individual, and the rights of the individual against the overpowering might of the state.

And it was those beliefs that gave birth to the idea of America, and the American exceptionalism the whole world envies but American liberals despise.

It doesn’t take too long of a look around today’s political landscape to see which side favors the rights of Christians — and everyone –- and which side favors the power of the state to make decisions about individual lives.

The liberals at George Washington University might well believe they’re doing God’s work with a seminar like this. But it’s just as likely that there’s a political agenda here — and it’s not one that favors traditional Christianity, or American conservatives.

The man in charge, Timothy Kane, is, according to his GWU biography, “a proud gay member of the LGBT community as GW. His master’s thesis was titled ‘Solidarity as the Greatest Hope for the Gay and Lesbian Community.’”

Does anyone seriously question which side ane voted for in 2016? And what the message of this seminar really is?

Here’s a hint: Just being white isn’t bad enough anymore.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.