George Washington University students want to combat what they perceive to be a serious issue in America today: “Christian privilege.” This Friday, the school’s Multicultural Student Services Center will host a diversity workshop titled, “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!”
The training session will teach that Christians “receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country,” according to the College Fix. The workshop is one of 15 “free training opportunities” with the goal to “equip students and staff with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments.”
According to the University’s website, the “skills” learned at these workshops will help students to create an “inclusive” atmosphere:
“These skills support diversity as a core value of the university by helping students create a climate that promotes the acceptance, inclusion and celebration of all cultures.”
Some learning objectives for the workshop are listed as follows:
“*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.
*Participants will be able to list at least three examples of Christian privilege.
*Participants will be able to list at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person.”
Other workshops available include “cisgender privilege,” “abled-body privilege” and “socioeconomic privilege.”
Of course, one thing organizers failed to mention is that if someone – anyone – desires to enjoy the privileges that come along with being a Christian, they can have it. Jesus invited all to be saved, no matter race or gender or background.
If accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is a privilege, then everyone can be privileged…as this invitation is extended to the whole wide world no matter your race. "Christian Privilege" #JesusSaves
— M†Lamb ?? (@myshaela) April 3, 2018
The event’s organizer, Timothy Kane, is “interim associate director for inclusion initiatives” at the university, according to his bio on the George Washington website.
“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,” the bio reads.
This is certainly not the first time a university has aimed to coach students on the etiquette surrounding social justice politics. Earlier this year, a Boston college issued an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” to ensure that no one ever feels offended while on campus. On its website, Simmons College library listed six “anti-oppression” categories — “anti-racism,” “anti-transmisia,” “anti-ableism,” “anti-Islamomisia,” “anti-sanism” and “anti-queermisia” — along with guidelines to help students avoid causing offense.
At Simmons, telling a classmate “God bless you” could land you in some serious trouble, as it is classified as a “microaggression” under the new rules. Such is the current state of higher education identity politics.