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Today in Christian Privilege

Here’s another perfect example of Christian privilege. A state legislator in North Carolina had an email exchange with a constituent about prayer before legislative meetings and claimed that it was important to protect the “religious freedom” of Christians to pray then, but to let a Muslim pray would be supporting terrorism.

In an email exchange with a constituent, Republican state Rep. Michele Presnell of Burnsville was asked whether she was comfortable with a prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting. Presnell responded: “No, I do not condone terrorism.”…

“The famed ACLU is telling Rowan County they may not pray before commissioners meetings,” Presnell wrote to Britt Kaufmann, a constituent. “We pray in Raleigh before our legislative meetings, U.S. Congress prays in Washington DC, why can they not pray?”

Kaufmann replied: “Yes, I do understand that the ACLU is suing Rowan County and I think they have clearly articulated why they are not comfortable with prayer before the commissioners meetings. I wanted you, as my representative, to know that I do not think the proposed bill is a good solution to that problem. … Would you be comfortable with a public prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting in Raleigh?”

Presnell equated Islam to terrorism and added, “We just need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”

See, if you don’t let Christians force everyone to listen to or participate in their prayers, you’re violating their religious freedom. Replace Christians with Muslims and you’re clearly a terrorist.

Comments

  1. blf says

    Congratulations to Britt Kaufmann for obtaining one of the clearest examples I can recall seeing of both Islamophobia and xian privilege.

  2. sivivolk says

    “We pray in Raleigh before our legislative meetings, U.S. Congress prays in Washington DC, why can they not pray?”

    He makes a good point. Congress needs to stop that.

  3. haitied says

    Wow, density at that level risks forming a black hole. He needs to do some book learnin’ a book besides his favorite picture bible.

  4. says

    “We just need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom or it will be whisked away from us.”

    Wow. I’m truly amazed her cognitive dissonance didn’t make her head asplode. “We’re going to defend religious freedom by denying it.”

    Talk about doublespeak.

  5. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    We must always be ready to safeguard our freedom to have the correct religion.

  6. says

    U.S. Congress prays in Washington DC

    Yeah, and a couple of years ago, when Congress had one of those … er … terrorist Hindus in to do an invocation, wingnuts like Presnell had a … um … cow.

    We just need to start taking a stand on our religious freedom

    … to pray the way Presnell does.

  7. The Other Lance says

    @nigelTheBold, Wow. I’m truly amazed her cognitive dissonance didn’t make her head asplode.
    It’s only cognitive dissonance if you aren’t living inside their echo chamber.

  8. says

    The UK’s Daily Mail had a front cover story last week, headlined: “What an insult to Christians!”. It amounted to advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the beliefs of atheists, druids, vegetarians etc should be taken seriously, just like those of Christians. So the Mail’s complaint – the ‘insult’ – wasn’t that Christians were being treated badly, but that they weren’t being given special treatment.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305225/What-insult-Christians-After-crucifixes-allowed-work-human-rights-quango-tells-firms-Give-vegans-pagans-special-treatment-too.html

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