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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

In case you missed it, George Washington University (annual cost $72K),  is offering an “event” this Easter Week entitled “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!”

Say what?

How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians? Even with the separation of Church and State, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians? How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country? 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.  All are welcome!

Well, at least they’re out in the open about their bigotry.  “How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks…?”  Short answer: We don’t.  Something’s got to go and I’ll give you two guesses what it is.

Is it really “easy” to be a Christian these days?  Ol’ Robbo certainly doesn’t find this to be the case.  Anywhere outside my family and my church community, I have to keep my head down and my mouth shut most of the time.

By the bye, somebody at GWU needs to brush up on their history.  Most of the “Founding Fathers” were lukewarm Christians at best.  A number of them – including Washington, Jefferson, and Madison – were Deists, people who accepted that some kind of Divine Power set up the Universe, but who thought (to one extent or another) that the whole biznay of Jesus, with His “miracles” and His claims to be God and His “death and resurrection”, was a lot of hooey.  See, e.g., the “Jefferson Bible“.   (I believe there was one Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.  I also believe there were also one or two prominent Jews among the Founders.)

Let’s have a look at some of the “Learning Objectives” of this “event”:

  • Participants will be able to describe what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically.
  • Participants will be able to describe the role of denial when it comes to white privilege.
  • Participants will be able to differentiate between equality and equity.

Ah, there you go.

When Ol’ Robbo was an undergrad at the People’s Glorious Soviet of Middletown back in the day, he accidentally stumbled one time into a session of something called “Crit/Self-Crit“.  Within about 30 seconds or so, I realized that it was nothing more than an exercise in forced self-loathing.  That’s all this really is, at least as far as any “White Christian” idiot enough to actually attend.  (And, of course, an exercise in grievance-mongering for anyone else.)

Thank Heaven Ol’ Robbo is immune to this sort of nonsense.  (Oops! Is it privileged for me to say that?)

A glass of wine with The College Fix via The Ewok.

 

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