Founded in 1821, the main campus of George Washington University (GWU) is found just a few blocks from the White house in Washington, DC. Its main campus is located in Foggy Bottom, an area largely owned by GWU where it serves as the landlord for such tenants as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
GWU’s motto is Deus Nobis Fiducia (God is our trust) or at least once was. There have been radical changes at the university and now when you click on its website you are welcomed with:
“No matter what subject we pursue, we’ve all come here to change the course of history.”
Though these words sound noble, when we understand them in the light of the cultural Marxism that has gripped many universities, they take on a more ominous tone.
Where GWU once believed “God is our trust,” and make no mistake this is a reference to the Christian God, the campus recently held a workshop to strip people of their “Christian privilege.”
The seminar held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, four days after Easter, exposed how people who believe in Christ have “unmerited perks” and “built in advantages” over non-Christians. It was hosted by GWU’s Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC).
The workshop, entitled Christian privilege: But our founding fathers were all Christian. Right?, was put on by Timothy Kane who works as an interim associate director for inclusion initiatives at GWU.
He went on to explain all that will be covered in the leadership seminar:
“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!”
According to his biography, Kane has degrees in theology and divinity. In the seminar, Kane also discussed other issues such as “white privilege” and “the role of denial when it comes to white privilege.”
It seems the main purpose of the workshop is to shame and blame Christians for everyone’s problems.
Of course we all know the perks of being a Christian in America today. You have the honor of paying a fine of $135,000 for not baking a $365 wedding cake for a gay couple in Oregon. You also have the opportunity to close down your bridal shop business in Pennsylvania because of repeated death threats over the same issue.
These are privileges everyone is clamoring for.
There was a negative reaction to the seminar that actually trended on Twitter. The Toronto Sun cited some of the comments:
- Just when we thought the idea of ‘white privilege’ was stupid enough. This is just sick.
- I don’t understand why we can’t just look at issues, talk about them and try to resolve them instead of throwing an entire group of people under the bus.
- The only “privilege” Christians have is the privilege of being slaughtered, enslaved, tortured, and mocked across the entire globe.
- Christianity is pretty much the only faith that is an acceptable target in American political discourse. It’s sick. “comedians” or politicians are constantly ridiculing, mocking, belitting, or being condescending to Christians & its widely accepted.
According to College Fix, who first reported the seminar, Kane has offered similar privilege courses touching such themes as “’heterosexual privilege,’ ‘cisgender privilege,’ ‘abled-body privilege,’ and ‘socioeconomic privilege.'”
College Fix added that when it exposed GWU’s seminar a couple of days before the event, the university took down most of the information about the workshop.
Seminars such as these make life more difficult for Christians on campus. College Fix interviewed Emma Shindell a student at GWU:
“Shindell told The College Fix that she believes that ‘respect for Christians on campus has deteriorated specifically because of the finger-pointing done by groups like the MSSC.’
“She said students are ‘made fun of for attending religious services’ and they are looked at as ‘less than.’
‘Religious preference has been used to make remarks about the intelligence of specific students on campus,’ she said.”
Oddly as a diversity director, Kane’s responsibilities include making sure “all types of diversity at (GWU) are celebrated and meant to feel included in campus culture and student life.”
So Mr. Kane with this as your ‘noble’ goal please explain how come Christians don’t feel welcome at GWU?
- ‘Christian privilege’ event to show how believers get ‘unmerited perks,’ have built-in advantages: The Blaze
- School wants you to repent for ‘Christian privilege’: Toronto Sun
- University event aims to combat ‘Christian Privilege’: Campus Fix
- Students who sat in on ‘Christian Privilege’ event call it short on proof, long on white privilege accusations: College Fix