Is it Christian belief that pisses you off, or your minority status?
“Minorities” will become the new Majority in the USA. This shows you what a silly, transient word “Minority” can be. This year, for the first time, the numbers of Minorities born in the USA surpassed the number of Whites born (LA Times, WSJ, Pew Research, Census Bureau). White Priviledge will naturally atrophy. Will a new privileged class emerge? Inevitably! “Privilege” is a problem in all societies. Privilege is an opportunistic human disease.
Presently, Christianity is the default religion in the USA — Christian Privilege rules. The American religious scene continues to puzzle demographers because for most other nations where average education, income and security levels are relatively high, non-belief is the default mode (Pew report). American Atheists are often rightfully pissed off at Christianity exactly because it is the default mode. Christian-Privilege impacts their lives negatively and Christian theocratic movements harms American politics and the international scene.
In contrast to American Christians, I hear British Christians complain of the side-effects of being a minority in their country. But those side-effects are minor compared to the Christians who are outright persecuted in many Muslim countries (Indonesia, Kuwait, Iran and more), in Communist countries (China, Laos) even in a Buddhist country like Myanmar (Burma). Well, the governments in all these countries are dangerous. When a government takes on the role of promoting any belief system, we have potential abuse. And if the majority rules, the focus of abuse can change over the years.
Non-belief is rising in America — see this Pew data. Some day Atheist Priviledge may become the new disease here. How can this be avoided?
Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine that the default religious position in America were, like Europe, to swing largely Atheist, and Atheist-Priviledge emerged. Now entertain these two questions:
- What problems would come with Atheist Privilege? Under what circumstances would you fight to protect Christianity?
- What percent of what pisses you off about American Christianity is due to their actual beliefs vs due to their privileged status?
In the comments, to supplement your thoughts, consider telling us what country you are from and what your religious position is.