The Reactions to GWU’s “Christian Privilege” Seminar Show Why It Was Necessary April 6, 2018

The Reactions to GWU’s “Christian Privilege” Seminar Show Why It Was Necessary

We learned this week that George Washington University was conducting a seminar on “Christian privilege” — a sensible topic at any school with a diverse group of students — and conservatives were predictably outraged.

An “urgent” report was published at right-wing website The College Fix because, as they said multiple times, the seminar was going to be held just “four days after Easter.” (As if they would have been less offended if it took place any other time.)

Hosted by the university’s Multicultural Student Services Center, the event will teach that Christians enjoy a privileged, easier life than their non-Christian counterparts, and that Christians possess “built-in advantages” today, according to its online description.

The workshop will also discuss how Christians receive “unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country.”

That sounds… very useful, actually. Because it’s true: Being a Christian in the U.S. is a pretty good deal. You get time off work to celebrate your religious holidays, politicians pander to you, hotels cater to your faith, strangers understand the basics of your beliefs, people don’t usually paint a target on you because you need “saving,” etc.

Furthermore, we’ve had exactly zero openly non-Christian presidents and atheists are still considered one of the most distrusted groups in the country despite the demographic shift in their favor.

But that didn’t stop some Christians from venting their frustration and feelings of persecution on Twitter:

You know what Christian privilege is? It’s living in a predominantly Christian country, under a government dominated by Christians, while claiming you’re the people who have it tougher than everybody else.

No wonder that seminar was so necessary.

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