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09-07-2009
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Recently read an article on Christian privilege and its parallels to white privilege in American society. I thought it'd be fun to post the beginning list the author listed. I think it should be noted that the author is himself a Christian.

I feel the need (and I will edit this into my original post) to make it clear that this topic has nothing to do with whether Christianity is right or wrong. It's just an observation of the social issues mass culture causes and the negative effects it has on minorities.

a beginning list of christian privileges
1. I can be sure to hear music on the radio and watch specials on
television that celebrate the holidays of my religion.

2. I can be sure that my holy day (Sunday) is taken into account when
states pass laws (e.g., the sale of liquor) and when retail stores decide
their hours (e.g., on Saturdays, they are open about 12 hours; on
Sundays, they are closed or open for only a few hours).

3. I can assume that I will not have to work or go to school on my
significant religious holidays.

4. I can be financially successful and not have people attribute that to
the greed of my religious group.

5. I can be sure that when told about the history of civilization, I am
shown people of my religion who made it what it is.

6. I do not need to educate my children to be aware of religious persecution
for their own daily physical and emotional protection.

7. I can write an article about Christian privilege without putting my
own religion on trial.

8. My religious group gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives
and powers of people of other religions.

9. I do not need to worry about the ramifications of disclosing my
religious identity to others.

10. I can easily find academic courses and institutions that give attention
only to people of my religion.

11. I can worry about religious privilege without being seen as selfinterested
or self-seeking.

12. I can be sure that when my children make holiday crafts, they will
bring home artistic symbols of the Christian religion (e.g., Easter
bunny, Christmas tree).

13. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my religious group.

14. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my religion
most of the time.

15. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a “credit
to my religion” or being singled out as being different from other
members of my religious group.

16. I can, if I wish to identify myself, safely identify as Christian
without fear of repercussions or prejudice because of my religious
identity.

17. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that
testify to the existence and importance of the Christian religion.

18. I can protect my children from people who are religiously different
from them.

19. I can have a “Jesus is Lord” bumper sticker or Icthus (Christian fish) on
my car and not worry about someone vandalizing my car because of it.

20. I can buy foods (e.g., in grocery store, at restaurants) that fall within
the scope of the rules of my religious group.

21. I can travel and be sure to find a comparable place of worship when
away from my home community.

22. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my religion will not
work against me.

23. I can be sure when I hear someone in the media talking about g-d
that they are talking about my (the Christian) g-d.

24. I can be fairly sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge,” I will
be facing a person of my religion.

25. I can be sure that people are knowledgeable about the holidays in my
religion and will greet me with the appropriate holiday greeting (e.g.,
Merry Christmas).

26. I can remain oblivious to the language and customs of other religious
groups without feeling any penalty for such a lack of interest and/or
knowledge.

27. I can display a Christmas tree and/or hang holly leaves in my home
without worrying about my home being vandalized because of my
religious identification.

28. I can be fairly sure that some hate group does not exist whose goal is
to eradicate my religious group from the planet.


*ONE I'D LIKE TO ADD*

There are no derogatory slurs or terms connected with Christianity. At best, I think, one could call a Christian "bible-thumper," but it is as effective as calling any white man a cracker. Nobody gets offended, and there are no offensive slurs that I can think of that apply to Christians (in comparison to other western religions).
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this almost makes me wish i didn't look jewish

i was aware of some but not all of these

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*ONE I'D LIKE TO ADD*

There are no derogatory slurs or terms connected with Christianity. At best, I think, one could call a Christian "bible-thumper," but it is as effective as calling any white man a cracker. Nobody gets offended, and there are no offensive slurs that I can think of that apply to Christians (in comparison to other western religions).
I call people "Christfags" if they randomly start quoting verses in the middle of a conversation, which happens alot in my circle of people.

I think the majority of americans consider chrisitanity the "average" or "normal" religion that everyone just... is. It's so ingrained into our society like with the schedules for business hours and legistslation, that it just feels common and normal. I think if we considered that christianity was replaced with hinduism or muslim-ism, than I we might step back and rework some of our deepest traditions.

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Well, ~80% of American society is Christian; and while the religiosity in all of the other countries ("developed") is declining, America seems to remain stagnant. Sociologists are calling this an anomaly.
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Well, ~80% of American society is Christian; and while the religiosity in all of the other countries ("developed") is declining, America seems to remain stagnant. Sociologists are calling this an anomaly.
why is that?
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why is that?
There's a list of social influences and such, but nothing easy to pin down (hence calling it an anomaly).

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Islam?

Sorry dude, really not trying at all to be a smart ass. That just struck me as a a little ironic considering the topic. (if I read it right)
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edit: I feel the need (and I will edit this into my original post) to make it clear that this topic has nothing to do with whether Christianity is right or wrong. It's just an observation of the social issues mass culture causes and the negative effects it has on minorities.
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Islam?

Sorry dude, really not trying at all to be a smart ass. That just struck me as a a little ironic considering the topic. (if I read it right)
I couldn't think of the name.

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I couldn't think of the name.
26. I can remain oblivious to the language and customs of other religious
groups without feeling any penalty for such a lack of interest and/or
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I'm just happy I'm not religious and I'm Catholic.

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Well, ~80% of American society is Christian;
Woah... Doesn't that seem a little too much?

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I'm just happy I'm not religious and I'm Catholic.



Woah... Doesn't that seem a little too much?
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