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30+ Examples of Christian Privilege

Posted by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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Do you agree or disagree? Do you have any to add, or do you see any of these as incorrect?


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Following is a list of privileges granted to people in the U.S. (and many western nations) for being Christian.  If you identify as Christian, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about these things.  In response to the ever-increasing “War on Christianity” headlines, I thought it prudent to create this list.  Try and be more cognizant of these items and you’ll start to realize how much work we have to do to make the United States a place that is truly safe and accessible for folks of all belief systems.

  1. You can expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays.
  2. Music and television programs pertaining to your religion’s holidays are readily accessible.
  3. It is easy to find stores that carry items that enable you to practice your faith and celebrate religious holidays.
  4. You aren’t pressured to celebrate holidays from another faith that may conflict with your religious values.
  5. Holidays celebrating your faith are so widely supported you can often forget they are limited to your faith (e.g. wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter” without considering their faith).
  6. You can worship freely, without fear of violence or threats.
  7. A bumper sticker supporting your religion won’t likely lead to your car being vandalized.
  8. You can practice your religious customs without being questioned, mocked, or inhibited.
  9. If you are being tried in court, you can assume that the jury of “your peers” will share your faith and not hold that against you in weighing decisions.
  10. When swearing an oath, you will place your hand on a religious scripture pertaining to your faith.
  11. Positive references to your faith are seen dozens of times a day by everyone, regardless of their faith.
  12. Politicians responsible for your governance are probably members of your faith.
  13. Politicians can make decisions citing your faith without being labeled as heretics or extremists.
  14. It is easy for you to find your faith accurately depicted in television, movies, books, and other media.
  15. You can reasonably assume that anyone you encounter will have a decent understanding of your beliefs.
  16. You will not be penalized (socially or otherwise) for not knowing other people’s religious customs.
  17. Your faith is accepted/supported at your workplace.
  18. You can go into any career you want without it being associated with or explained by your faith.
  19. You can travel to any part of the country and know your religion will be accepted, safe, and you will have access to religious spaces to practice your faith.
  20. Your faith can be an aspect of your identity without being a defining aspect (e.g., people won’t think of you as their “Christian” friend)
  21. You can be polite, gentle, or peaceful, and not be considered an “exception” to those practicing your faith.
  22. Fundraising to support congregations of your faith will not be investigated as potentially threatening or terrorist behavior.
  23. Construction of spaces of worship will not likely be halted due to your faith.
    You are never asked to speak on behalf of all the members of your faith.
  24. You can go anywhere and assume you will be surrounded by members of your faith.
  25. Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of teachers who share your faith.
  26. Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of friends who share your faith.
  27. It is easily accessible for you or your children to be educated from kindergarten through post-grad at institutions of your faith.
  28. Disclosing your faith to an adoption agency will not likely prevent you from being able to adopt children.
  29. In the event of a divorce, the judge won’t immediately grant custody of your children to your ex because of your faith.
  30. Your faith is taught or offered as a course at most public institutions.
  31. You can complain about your religion being under attack without it being perceived as an attack on another religion.
  32. You can dismiss the idea that identifying with your faith bears certain privileges.

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by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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by AllieCat on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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That list appears to be more than a bit accurate.

by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Seems pretty accurate to me. And they definitely aren't things many people think about. I sure didn't when I was Christian.
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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sad. I have had family members say all kind of things because I am Pagan

I'm tattooed,pagan,pro-choice,pro-legalizing marijuana,pro-gay marriage,anti-war,non-vaxing,tree hugging,animal loving,book reading,animal testing free,depression battling, trying to raise a free spirit and letting her be who she is but still teaching her important life lessons,fighting for equal rights at the same time,don't like it get over it.

by Ruby Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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The ladies in this forum who need to read this will either ignore it or be guilty of #32

by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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It's true, but hard to see until you're on the outside.
by Redwood Witch on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Yep yep yep.
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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I agree with all of it, but I realize that if I go to any Asian country this won't be true. There is nothing wrong with having an "American" identity and the good thing about all Christian holidays is that they are not fundamentally religious: Santa Claus and his reindeer is secular and so is the Easter Bunny.

by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Ok - I know of 1 Christian who has replied so far, not counting the OP. how many of the rest of us are Pagan? Another path?

*raises hand* Pagan.
by Gina on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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They'll say that they are constantly bugged by #8 and thus, all of them are invalid because they are PERSECUTED!

Quoting mikiemom:

The ladies in this forum who need to read this will either ignore it or be guilty of #30


by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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I agree.

I'm looking for a preschool for my middle next year but we can't afford the private ones. Everyone keeps telling me I should try different church preschools and when I say that I'd like to stay away from religious schooling (we're atheist) they say "Oh it's not religious!" only to find out that they pray before meals, watch Vegitales and learn about Jesus. How is that not religious?
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