09 Apr

Christians Are Persecuted, Not Privileged, as Students are Taught at GWU

George Washington University in Washington D.C. is hosting a training seminar to teach the perils of “Christian privilege.”  The event description asks, “How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians?” “… are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians?”  The learning objectives indicate the session will touch on “white privilege” as well.  
 
However, the many Christians who have been mocked, ostracized, sued, lost jobs, businesses, or military rank for following their Christian beliefs and conscience, could challenge the premise of this training seminar at GWU and a similar philosophy at Simmons College in Boston and other universities.   Instances of prejudice and persecution against Christians has substantially increased in the U.S. and the world.
 
*  German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Christianity is “the most persecuted religion in the world.”
*  UK researcher, Rupert Short, says “Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers” and that Christianity is in peril, like no other religion.  He is concerned that “200 million Christians are socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”
*  The Scottish Parliament is demanding that more be done to protect Catholics who bear the brunt of religiously-motivated hate crimes in Scotland.  While Catholics comprise only 15% of Scottish population, they suffer 57% of hate crimes.
*  In the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, Christians are escaping or being killed, tortured, or enslaved.  For example, in 1990, Iraq had 1.2 million Christians.  Today, there are less than 200,000.
 

 

“… no one would be more zealous than myself to establish barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”  George Washington