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Christian Privilege in Schools and Society

Christian privilege refers to the system of advantages bestowed on Christians in U.S. society. In the United States, Christian privilege is a phenomenon that denies or protects, marginalizes or embraces, on the basis of religion. Christian privilege exists through the cultural power of the norm, and of Christianity's position as the U.S. norm; by implication, everything inconsistent with the way religion is understood, taught, and practiced by Christians is often considered atypical. Christian privilege functions at all levels of society to give Christians certain advantages, described below, and concurrently to place non-Christians in the United States in a position of relative disadvantage. Christian privilege is one facet of the religious discrimination often experienced by non-Christians in the United States. Religious discrimination is perpetuated by the ...

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