Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'Christian Privilege' Coming Our Way,

University event aims to combat ‘Christian Privilege’ 

Just four days after Easter, George Washington University will host a training session for students and faculty that teaches that Christians — especially white ones — “receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country.”

The April 5 diversity workshop is titled “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!”

Hosted by the university’s Multicultural Student Services Center, the event will teach that Christians enjoy a privileged, easier life than their non-Christian counterparts, and that Christians possess “built-in advantages” today, according to its online description.

The workshop will also discuss how Christians receive “unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country.”

The “Christian Privilege” workshop is one of 15 “free training opportunities” offered through the center to “equip students and staff with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments,” according to its website.

Other workshops offered through the center focus on “heteroesexual privilege,” “cisgender privilege,” “abled-bodied privilege,” “socio-economic privilege,” “unconscious bias,” and more.

Efforts by The College Fix to reach a campus spokesperson, the multicultural center and the host of the Christian privilege workshop were to no avail Monday afternoon.

The Christian privilege event aims to make people aware of the privileges that Christians have and “what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically,” the event description states. Furthermore, the event will try to educate those of the “role of denial when it comes to white privilege” and the difference between “equality and equity.”

By the end of the training, the organizers want participants to be able to name “at least three examples of Christian privilege” and “at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person,” the website states.

Organizers also want the participants to be able to describe words like: “privilege, Christian privilege, denial, quality, equity, Christianity, bias, unconscious bias, micro-aggression, ally,” the website states.

The workshop will last 90 minutes and will feature a PowerPoint presentation and Q&A.

The Trump administration has done something no other administration – Republican or Democratic – has done: it has made religious freedom a priority in our national security strategy.
And the need has never been greater.
Now it appears that newly appointed national security adviser John Bolton will be taking the lead in fighting for the right of peoples around the world to worship how they wish without the threat of being killed or driven from their homes.
Bolton appears to be singularly qualified to take administration efforts to secure religious freedom to the next level.  But as this article mentions, he will be battling skepticism and hostility from career State Department officials whose primary goal is not to rock the boat.
It's one thing to formulate policy and announce it.  It's quite another to get the State Department bureaucracy to implement it.  This is an age-old battle between the White House and Foggy Bottom.  State Department bureaucrats believe they run U.S. foreign policy and that presidents and their advisers are transitory occupants. 
So the question is, can Bolton, with his bulldog mentality, force meaningful policy changes that will actually do some good?  I wouldn't bet against him.  Of course, the bureaucrats will scream bloody murder and run to the press telling the media what a meanie Bolton is.  But Bolton is one guy who doesn't care what the media think about him, which is why there is a real chance for substantive change.

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