GWU Is Conducting a Seminar on "Christian Privilege" and Right-Wing Media Is Very Displeased - 2018-04-04
The Fix reporter, a senior at Auburn University, notes indignantly that the GWU event will be held "Just four days after Easter." Couldn't the college have waited a more respectful period of time after the most sacred holiday in Christianity, which persecuted American believers are forced to celebrate in secrecy with large parades, an annual party on the White House lawn, and live network TV musicals about Jesus Christ?
Don't tell the Fix, but the idea of Christian privilege has not gone unexamined by Western Christians in recent years. Plenty of thoughtful Christian leaders have made the point that Western Christians are hardly an oppressed class. As the former Archbishop of Canterbury put it in 2013, "Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable. 'For goodness' sake, grow up,' I want to say." Even the toxic term itself has failed to trigger much backlash until now. In 2012, activist Sam Killermann's list of "30+ Examples of Christian Privilege" (14. "It is easy for you to find your faith accurately depicted in television, movies, books, and other media") made the rounds on a number of Christian sites. Ed Stetzer, an influential columnist at Christianity Today, called the list "helpful and thought provoking, particularly when Christians in the West say they are being persecuted."