Editor’s note: One day after this story was published, The George Washington University removed from its website a notice about the “Christian Privilege” program described in this article.
In “The Snapping of the American Mind: Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture,” author David Kupelian reminds us of a daunting truth: “Over a relatively short period of time, virtually every major institution in America has been radically transformed: our public education system, our colleges and universities, our news and entertainment media, our foundations and philanthropies, many of our churches — even, as we have seen, our own families.”
Kupelian attributes these sweeping cultural changes in large part to the erosion of our Judeo-Christian beliefs and values, which he considers “our most precious inheritance from our forefathers.”
To be sure, George Washington, our first president and one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, would hardly recognize the D.C.-based university that bears his name.
The George Washington University will host — on April 5 — a 90-minute training session for students and faculty alike called “Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!”
A portion of the program’s online description reads: “How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians? Even with the separation of church and state, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians? How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country? Let’s reflect upon ways we can live up to our personal and national values that make room for all religious and secular identities on an equal playing field.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, the event is hosted by the university’s multicultural student services center.
“This is but one more example of the self-refuting duplicity that has come to be the hallmark of today’s progressive elites,” Everett Piper, Ph.D., the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, told LifeZette on Tuesday. “Pedagogues actually claim to be champions of inclusion and unity while they shamelessly fan the flames of exclusion and division. This is religious and racial bigotry. It is ideological fascism. It is the antithesis of academic freedom and intellectual liberty that has been the heart and soul of the liberal arts academy for millennia,” added Piper, who is also the author of “Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth.”
LifeZette reached out to GWU’s Timothy Kane, the multicultural student services center’s associate director and also the training session’s creator, for comment but did not hear back by publication time.
Some of the “learning objectives” noted for the training session include the following:
- “Participants will be able to describe what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically.”
- “Participants will be able to describe the role of denial when it comes to white privilege.”
- “Participants will be able to differentiate between equality and equity.”
Some people, though — and rightfully so — are questioning the value of such training.
“Put simply, this is the propagation of power and politics rather than the pursuit of truth,” warned Piper.
He added, “The balkanization these people foment is the exact opposite of the classical mission of higher education. It is called a ‘university’ for a reason. It’s an education for unity — and not one for division.”
This story was updated on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.