30+ Examples of Christian Privilege

Following is a list of privileges granted to people in the U.S. (and many western nations) for being Christian

By Sam Killermann | May 2012
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If you’re a Christian in the US, these are a bunch of unearned benefits you get that members of other faiths (or non-religious people) do not.

1. You can expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays.

2. Music and television programs pertaining to your religion’s holidays are readily accessible.

3. It is easy to find stores that carry items that enable you to practice your faith and celebrate religious holidays.

4. You aren’t pressured to celebrate holidays from another faith that may conflict with your religious values.

5. Holidays celebrating your faith are so widely supported you can often forget they are limited to your faith (e.g. wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter” without considering their faith).

6. You can worship freely, without fear of violence or threats.

7. A bumper sticker supporting your religion won’t likely lead to your car being vandalized.

8. You can practice your religious customs without being questioned, mocked, or inhibited.

9. If you are being tried in court, you can assume that the jury of “your peers” will share your faith and not hold that against you in weighing decisions.

10. When swearing an oath, you will place your hand on a religious scripture pertaining to your faith.

11. Positive references to your faith are seen dozens of times a day by everyone, regardless of their faith.

12. Politicians responsible for your governance are probably members of your faith.

13. Politicians can make decisions citing your faith without being labeled as heretics or extremists.

14. It is easy for you to find your faith accurately depicted in television, movies, books, and other media.

15. You can reasonably assume that anyone you encounter will have a decent understanding of your beliefs.

16. You will not be penalized (socially or otherwise) for not knowing other people’s religious customs.

17. Your faith is accepted/supported at your workplace.

18. You can go into any career you want without it being associated with or explained by your faith.

19. You can travel to any part of the country and know your religion will be accepted, safe, and you will have access to religious spaces to practice your faith.

20. Your faith can be an aspect of your identity without being a defining aspect (e.g., people won’t think of you as their “Christian” friend)

21. You can be polite, gentle, or peaceful, and not be considered an “exception” to those practicing your faith.

22. Fundraising to support congregations of your faith will not be investigated as potentially threatening or terrorist behavior.

23. Construction of spaces of worship will not likely be halted due to your faith.

24. You are never asked to speak on behalf of all the members of your faith.

25. You can go anywhere and assume you will be surrounded by members of your faith.

26. Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of teachers who share your faith.

27. Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of friends who share your faith.

28. It is easily accessible for you or your children to be educated from kindergarten through post-grad at institutions of your faith.

29. Disclosing your faith to an adoption agency will not likely prevent you from being able to adopt children.

30. In the event of a divorce, the judge won’t immediately grant custody of your children to your ex because of your faith.

31. Your faith is taught or offered as a course at most public institutions.

32. You can complain about your religion being under attack without it being perceived as an attack on another religion.

33. You can dismiss the idea that identifying with your faith bears certain privileges.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. You can ask others to say a prayer in a crowded room or after a meeting without considering what other religions might be present or offended by it.

    • … and include statements calling people of other faiths (or no faith) "infidels." You can also state in these prayers that you "fervently look forward to Christ's return," when the bible clearly states that this event will be preceded by massive natural disasters and geopolitical uprisings, resulting in the deaths of millions (if not billions). Then you can end the prayer by asking for the "forgiveness" of those who your religion states will be going to a place of eternal punishment and torture.

  2. your religious institution can easily get billions of dollars from US and other governements to use for your charities and faith groups and money laundering schemes…

    Your priests can rape hundreds of thousands of children globally and be still working at your local church.

    Your pope can sly anywhere in the world in his jet and leave the people he visits millions of dollars in debt while he talks about poverty and how sad he is about homelessness..

      • The Baptist church has many paedophiles as well. And ummm this who article is about judging people's privileges due to their religious faith. I don't think you understood that…

      • So you know it deeply and think differently? Are you aware of how the Catholic church acted in the past, with the Crusades and Inquisitions? How the Catholic church spread itself to other cultures and what it did to native peoples? How th church set itself up above laws, allowing priests to avoid prosecution for raping children? Yes, I will judge since you seem to not be able to do that in support of your faith.

      • The better one’s understanding of Catholicism, the more disgusting and criminal the conspiracy becomes. Catholics are some SICK people. Mental Illness abounds in those who think that whispering a few words in a dead language over a commercially baked cracker will miraculously convert it into the dead flesh of a tortured criminal. (Which the delusional proceed to ingest.) Yes, I judge. From the moral high ground of rationality, the ugly, poisonous, nastiness of organized religion, especially the pedophilic cult, is quite obvious.

  3. IT TOOK THE FRENCH REVOLUTION FOR EUROPE TO FREE ITSELF FROM RELIGIOUS DICTATORSHIP . NOW A SIMILAR SITUATION WILL HAVE TO EVOLVE WITH ISLAM , THEY ARE JUST RUNNING A LITTLE BEHIND SO LET SEE WHAT HISTORY WILL BE ………

  4. If you're a Christian in eg Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Malaysia, you are bound to get a lot of problems. And a lot more problems then Moslims in Europe or the USA have to expect.

    • Oh, those poor Christians! Tsk, tsk, tsk…. No, with mosques burned/bombed/driven out of town and with Muslims attacked and victimized throughout the US (the recent murders in NY of the imam and his assistant are the most recent example), targetting by the TSA, being told that you're not a "real" religion, and having OK state rep. Pat Ownbey say that Islam needs a "final solution"–recognize that phrase?–I contend that there's at least no difference. It's just possible that the Muslims here have it a bit worse, but I'll stipulate that there's parity.

      Me, I've been an English Traditional witch for almost 40 years, so I don't feel like there's much of a difference with either of these religions in the way they treat outsiders, but I don't want you thinking that I'm biased in favor of one vs. the other.

    • “Following is a list of privileges granted to people in the U.S. (and many western nations) for being Christian”
      It is right under the headline…

    • Can't remember the last Christian church arson in the U.S. Can't remember the last time a Christian in this country was beaten for looking like a Christian on public transportation. Please cite the facts you are relying on to make your claim that "Moslims" have it so much better in Europe or the USA than in the other countries you cite.

    • Without atheists, you would not be making stupid comments on the internet, using a personal computer or a cell phone. Nobody whines like Christians… Always offended, always being persecuted, oh no accurate and comprehensive sex education, science is attacking my faith, the government won't let us kill our children by neglecting medical care for them, war on Christmas, war on Jesus, gays are ruining marriage, god kicked out of public schools, etc.. In fact, all you do is whine, and then get on your knees and beg. If you want to see a weakling, look in a mirror. By the way, you are Islam, your religions are nearly identical, you both believe in the same god. You both hate and attack everyone who doesn't agree with you. You can ignore the disgusting bloody history of your warped religion because you're too cowardly to face it, much less your own mortality. Childishly believing that you're special and get to live forever in Heaven. What a dweeb.

  5. You can use your faith as a means to discriminate against those that do not share your faith or believe at all. If you are prevented from such discrimination you can cry persecution and violation of your religious liberties and the stupid people you elect will write laws based on your faith, even though there is supposed to be separation of church and state.

  6. This list is a huge exaggeration. I've lived in the western & southwest for years as a Muslim & none of that was an issue at all except for maybe a couple, even then it was no big deal. I'm 3rd Gen atheist & all I can say is that the 'new atheists' these days make too much out of nothing & I'd say half of them just say they are atheist bc their lifestyle doesn't mesh with the the religious based doctrine they were raised in.

    • Your personal experiences dont magically make this list exaggerated. “Old atheists” (or whatever the opposite to the new atheist nonsense is) seem to be emotionally weak conformists that would rather let the nation continue beating you down with dogma without resistance than to voice any opposition.

  7. It's official! In general, the human race has grown to proportions that no longer emulate the hive-mind of ants,or bees, but, a concordance of corruption in chaotic numbers, much more resembling a cancerous growth. Try being a Heathen in these situations. A lot harder.

  8. Your religion isn’t so rare that you can use your religious title as a user name and be relatively certain no one has taken it yet.

    The deity you worship is unlikely to me made a pathetic villain character in popular entertainment, without any push back.

    People don’t use your religion as a shorthand for “things no one believes”

  9. You can stick you nose in the private lives of those who do not share your faith and all your religious buddies will think it is the right thing to do.

    • :) Because "Gaw-ud commanded you to spread the News."

      My brand of religion takes a very dim view of proselytizing but a strong view about what being a priest means. Most of these idiots who come to my door really haven't thought about what *really* is involved in being a Christian and what it may ask you to do for your faith. Alas, I'm prevented by law from running social experiments to help them spot the difference. :)

  10. Being a Christian works for me. It’s a moral tenet to strive for. I don’t push my religion on others nor do I judge them for their faith.
    I do, however, question others who insult Christians for their faith. Perhaps something is lacking in their own lives that makes them feel better by denigrating the beliefs of others.
    I’ll pray for those folks whether they like it or not.
    Peace and love….

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