EXCLUSIVE: GWU conservatives challenge ‘Christian privilege’

Nearly a dozen Christian students defended their religious values Thursday, pushing back against the “Christian Privilege” workshop hosted by George Washington University.

The workshop gained widespread media attention this week after the university quietly removed the description of the training module from its website. 

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According to the description of the event, participants were expected to understand the meaning of “privilege” and “white privilege” during the workshop, and be able to provide at least three examples of “Christian privilege.”

“How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians?” the description read. “Even with the separation of Church and State, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians?”

Despite the controversy surrounding the event, the training session went on as planned, attracting approximately 30 attendees, Campus Reform correspondent Abigail Marone reported.

About a dozen of the students in attendance opposed the idea of Christian privilege, challenging the moderator on a wide variety of topics that were explored throughout the workshop. 

One of the main arguments in favor of Christian privilege appeared to rely on the assumption that non-Christians aren’t guaranteed safety on campus, as well as that Christians have more places where they can worship their religion.

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Likewise, the training session partially addressed ways in which Christians can be allies to non-Christians, but did not specifically elaborate on the obstacles that arise from conflicting religious values. 

Abigail Marone contributed to this report.

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