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Christian Privilege

January 12, 2009

Today’s short post at the Spiritual Politics blog, titled “Compass Boxed,” says this:

One white evangelical male pastor. One black male prophet. One white mainline female priest. Completing the Inaugural Clergy Trifecta of Invocator, Benedictor, and Homilist, the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has been chosen by President-elect Obama to deliver the sermon at the National Prayer Service on Wednesday, January 21st at the National Cathedral.

This is another example of invisible Christian privilege: Christian diversity apparently counts as religious diversity in general. There are no Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons, Scientologists, Christian Scientists, or Jehovah’s Witnesses invited, but nevertheless the compass is boxed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Silk permalink
    January 12, 2009 10:50 am

    In this case, no Catholic either. Could he have found a Catholic prelate to participate? Now THAT would have been interesting.

  2. January 12, 2009 2:03 pm

    hristian diversity apparently counts as religious diversity in general.

    It’s like Bart Simpson said, “Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.”

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