George Washington University to Host Workshop on ‘Christian Privilege’ Following Easter

Less than a week after Easter, George Washington University will host a workshop for faculty and students to discuss “Christian privilege” in America.

The 90-minute training session — titled “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!” — is being hosted by the Multicultural Student Services Center and will take place Thursday evening.

The event will focus on how Christians in the U.S. “experience life in an easier way than non-Christians,” explore the “built-in advantages” believers have over nonbelievers, and acknowledge the “unmerited perks” Christians receive “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,” the description states. “All are welcome!”

According to the course’s objectives, attendees will learn at least three ways Christians are privileged in America as well as discover ways they can “be an ally” to non-Christians. They will also learn “what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically.”

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Timothy Kane, who has served as interim associate director for inclusion initiatives at GWU since 2011 and describes himself as a “proud gay member of the LGBT community,” will lead the workshop.

“Timothy, who has a master’s degree in divinity and theology, is dedicated to ensuring that all types of diversity at GW are celebrated and meant to feel included in campus culture and student life,” his bio reads.

In March, Simmons College in Boston made headlines for suggesting it’s discriminatory to the Muslim community for someone to say “God bless you” after someone sneezes. The college said such a phrase could be considered an “Islamic microaggression.”

The list of offending language, organized by the college’s librarians, explained those who hold to a Christian worldview “have the institutional power” and could easily discriminate against or antagonize Muslim people.

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