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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2013, 10:56 AM

8. I will gladly play along

 

but I can't say that 'privileged' is the best choice of words.

Here's why. Privilege is now a political buzz word born from the academic gender & race studies departments of Ivy League and small liberal arts colleges.

This will get tricky here if you follow along. What about this delicious conundrum? Imagine an African American lesbian Episcopal priest. She is obviously not privileged and yet according to your new use of the word, because she is a theist, she would be. What about a yourself? So you are a male & an atheist. With the last name McCleod, if that is your real name, well, hell, you are definitely white. Are you straight as well? If so, wow, then how can you be both privileged and not-privileged at the same time?

Perhaps we need some sort of mathematics to be involved. Our aforementioned example would be (not privileged +3 * privileged +1). You would be, assuming you are a white straight male of course, (privileged +3 * not privileged +1). So what do we do now? You apparently are much more privileged so how can you yammer on about the theist being more so?

No, I would just stick with the old adjectives - 'patronizing', 'conceited', 'arrogant', or 'condescending'. They can be applied equally to individuals both theistic and atheistic that meet those characteristics. There are plenty of those types of individuals on both sides of the fence.

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