- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

George Washington University is hosting a training session this week for students and faculty members to learn about “Christian privilege” and how Christians “experience life in an easier way than non-Christians” in America.

The private D.C. university’s Multicultural Student Services Center will host a 90-minute session Thursday titled, “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!” The Christian Post first reported.

“How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians?” a description for the training session asks. “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!”

The description says attendees will learn how to list at least three examples of Christian privilege and how to be an “ally with a non-Christian person.”

The session will also address “white privilege” and “the role of denial when it comes to white privilege.”

Timothy Kane, the center’s associate director, will direct the seminar.

“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,” Mr. Kane’s bio reads. “Timothy is a proud gay member of the LGBT community as GW. His master’s thesis was titled ‘Solidarity as the Greatest Hope for the Gay and Lesbian Community.’”

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 in which they find themselves frequently,” according to the website.

Other seminars address heterosexual privilege, cisgender privilege, abled-body privilege, socioeconomic privilege and unconscious bias.


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