discussion response 171

Respond to at least two colleagues by selecting one of their examples to review further. Research and report on a situation in which that group experienced treatment on the other end of the spectrum of oppression or privilege, either in the present day or during an earlier historical period. The response can be 1 paragraph

1st colleague:

Just as the dominant members of any group benefit from privilege and leave the minority group disenfranchised, oppressed, and marginalized the same pertains to religion. Throughout history, particularly Western history, Christianity has been the dominant religious group. Those who refused to conform to the dominant religion were persecuted, or even killed. Mass amounts of Jews and Muslims have been slaughtered for their beliefs in history from the German Nazis to the Crusades (Adams et al, 2018, p.265). The privilege that Christians experience today still in the United States many times goes without notice.

In the United States Christian holidays are what govern the days off provided to employees. Propaganda, television specials, and retail stores all reflect that of the Christian holiday occurring at that time of year. Christians are free to worship openly without having to be afraid of being hurt or killed for their beliefs. Even in the court system people are expected to swear on a Christian bible. Jury members, politicians, and the president of the United States are almost always part of the dominant Christian group. Traveling around the world Christians can have the privilege of openly practice their faith without fear of violence, unlike non-dominant religious groups.

Xenophobia exists in the United States today and is expressed through acts of violence towards the non-dominant religious groups (Adams et al, 2018, p.270). An example of this is the discrimination Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jews experienced in the United States after September 11th, 2001. There have been acts of violence, vandalism, civil rights violations, and hate crimes against these non-dominant groups.

Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H.

W,… Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity andsocial justice (4th ed.). New

York, NY: Routledge Press.

2nd colleague:


Give an explanation of the connections between privilege and religion

According to the Equal Opportunity Employment commission, we are entitled to freedom of religion, and it is guaranteed to all of us in the United States (Adams et. al, 2018). Christian privilege has the potential to change our lives and our relationship in some amazing ways. As Christians we have the privilege granted to us as people in the U.S. and many western nations for being a Christian. Anyone who is identify as Christian there are chances of we’ve never thought about (Adams et. al, 2018). One of the places we most commonly encounter religious difference in America today is the workplace, religious differences is a question not just for theological schools and religious institutions but increasing for business and corporations, offices and factories (Adams et. al, 2018).

Describe a situation in which members of a religion experience privilege.

Example of Christian privilege:

  • You can worship freely, without fear of violence or threats.
  • You can practice your religious customs without being questioned, mocked, or inhibited.
  • You can expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays.
  • You aren’t pressured to celebrate holidays from another faith that may conflict with you religious values.

Describe a situation in which members of a religion experience religious oppression.

Many overt forms of oppression are obvious when a dominant religious group tyrannizers a subordinated group, as in the mass slaughter of Jews and other stigmatized minorities in Nazi Germany, and the merciless killing of the Jews and Muslims during the Christian “crusades”(Adams et. al, 2018). Other form of religious oppression are not as apparent, especially to members of dominant group, the following sections adapt young’s taxonomy to investigate the concept of Christian privilege and religious oppression in the United States subordinated group have less access to social power than member of dominant groups to engage in decision-making processes that affect the of their lives or that name the terms of their existence (Adams et. al, 2018).


Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge Press.

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