It is likely that state and federal
holidays coincide with my religious practices, thereby having little to no
impact on my job and/or education.
I can talk openly about my religious
practices without concern for how it will be received by others.
I can be sure to hear music on the
radio and watch specials on television that celebrate the holidays of my
When told about the history of
civilization, I am can be sure that I am shown people of my religion made
it what it is.
I can worry about religious privilege
without being perceived as “self-interested” or “self-seeking.”
I can have a “Jesus is Lord” bumper
sticker or Icthus (Christian Fish) on my car and not worry about someone
vandalizing my car because of it.
I can share my holiday greetings
without being fully conscious of how it may impact those who do not
celebrate the same holidays. Also, I can be sure that people are
knowledgeable about the holidays of my religion and will greet me with the
appropriate holiday greeting (e.g., Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, etc.).
I can probably assume that there is a
universality of religious experience.
I can deny Christian Privilege by
asserting that all religions are essentially the same.
I probably do not need to learn the
religious or spiritual customs of others, and I am likely not penalized
for not knowing them.
I am probably unencumbered by having
to explain why I am or am not doing things related to my religious norms
on a daily basis.
I am likely not judged by the improper
actions of others in my religious group.
If I wish, I can usually or
exclusively be among those from my religious group most of the time (in
work, school, or at home).
I can assume that my safety, or the
safety of my family, will not be put in jeopardy by disclosing my religion
to others at work or at school.
It is likely that mass media
represents my religion widely AND positively.
It is likely that I can find items to
buy that represent my religious norms and holidays with relative ease
(e.g., food, decorations, greeting cards, etc.).
I can speak or write about my
religion, and even critique other religions, and have these perspectives
listened to and published with relative ease and without much fear of
I could write an article on Christian
Privilege without putting my own religion on trial.
I can travel without others assuming
that I put them at risk because of my religion; nor will my religion put
me at risk from others when I travel.
I can be financially successful
without the assumption from others that this success is connected to my
- I can protect myself (and my
children) from people who may not like me (or them) based on my religion.
- Law enforcement officials will
likely assume I am a non-threatening person if my religion is disclosed to
them. In fact, disclosure may actually help law enforcement officials
perceive me as being “in the right” or “unbiased."
can safely assume that any authority figure will generally be someone of
I can talk about my religion, even
proselytize, and be characterized as “sharing the word,” instead of
imposing my ideas on others.
I can be gentle and affirming to
people without being characterized as an exception to my religion.
I am never asked to speak on behalf of
My citizenship and immigration status
will likely not be questioned, and my background will likely not be
investigated, because of my religion.
My place of worship is probably not
targeted for violence because of sentiment against my religion.
I can be sure that my religion will
not work against me when seeking medical or legal help.
My religion will not cause teachers to
pigeonhole me into certain professions based of the assumed "prowess" of
my religious group.
I will not have my children taken from
me from governmental authorities who are aware of my religious
- Disclosure of my
religion to an adoption agency will likely not prevent me from being able
to adopt children.
- If I wish to
give my children a parochial religious education, I probably have a
variety of options nearby.
- I can be sure
that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the
existence and importance of my religion.
- I can be sure
that when someone in the media is referring to G-d, they are referring to
my (Christian) G-d.
- I can easily
find academic courses and institutions that give attention only to people
of my religion.
- My religious
holidays are so completely “normal” that, in many ways, they may appear to
no longer have any religious significance at all.
- The elected and
unelected officials of my government probably are members of my religious
- When swearing an
oath, I am probably making this oath by placing my hand on the scripture
of my religion.
- I can openly
display my religious symbol(s) on my person or property without fear of
disapproval, violence, and/or vandalism.