7/2/12

Christian Privilege in Mississippi

Christian delusionWhile running errands recently, I parked my car and headed toward the store. As I did so, I noticed that I had parked next to a car that had both a Jesus fish and one of the symbols you see here on its trunk. I paused for a moment and considered moving my car.

Laziness won out, but it occurred to me that I probably would have moved my car if I had a Darwin fish or any other pro-reality messages affixed to it. Another reminder of Christian privilege here in Mississippi I suppose.

What does this have to do with Christian privilege? The Christian whose car I parked next to can put all sorts of pro-Christian and even anti-reality messages on his or her car without worrying about vandalism. This Christian has probably never stopped to consider the possible consequences of being pulled over by an atheist law enforcement officer who will not appreciate these symbols. This Christian probably does not have to worry about what his or her employer would think.

I could easily convince myself that this is no big deal. While I'd like to have a Darwin fish on my car, not being able to do so is a minor issue at most. And technically, I am free to do so. I don't because I fear that I'd be subject to vandalism by Christians here in Mississippi.

If this was the only example of Christian privilege in Mississippi, it would not even be worth mentioning. Sadly, this is not the case.

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