Back from Antarctica

It was awesome, I’m still processing it and trying to figure out what it is I want to say about it. The drama that is my life now continues pretty much unabated, I don’t really want to talk about that right now, or maybe ever, I haven’t decided yet.

What I want to talk about is Christian privilege. Let me start out by saying I don’t really like talking religion or politics. I like talking Science, Geekdom, and sometimes beards.

Well, in my Google news feed I have a section on beards, there’s a surprisingly large amount of facial hair news, if you know what your looking for. Today that section of my news feed had two articles both from Fox News, I tolerate Fox News as a news source because I understand how it is biased, and that is the next best thing to it being unbiased. That said their online articles actually tend to be pretty good. Both articles were on changes in the military to allow for greater religious latitude in the wearing of beards, piercings, tattoos and headgear. One was an opinion piece and I skipped it, don’t care just want news. The other described the basics of how the new policy put out by the pentagon is going to work. I approve of it, I think it is a great step towards making a more inclusive military, I know there are a lot of people out there who would be great assets to the military but hold themselves to the standards of their faith, which occasionally preclude shaving or require the wearing of some symbol of faith, like headgear of some kind.

I wanted to read more so I looked at other sources and found one by Stars and Stripes.

http://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-oks-religion-based-grooming-standards-1.263435

I thought this was cool partially because I thought Stars and Stripes was no longer being published. I read the article and was amazed at how well written it was considering that it is the military’s private newspaper. Then I read the Comments, never read the comments.

They were so full of Christian privilege, I almost wanted to choke. Don’t get me wrong I like Christians, I’m not one but I can pass. I respect everybody’s beliefs and I have beliefs of my own which do not fit neatly within little dogmatic boxes. I am aware that we live in a very Christian country, I accept it, it’s a thing.

I hate seeing how often the same toleration that is being extended to Christians by default in this country being extended to non-Christians, so often is interpreted as an attack on Christianity. Get the fuck over yourselves. You rule the roost, you win, you have won. You don’t get to play the victim every time somebody else gets their way, especially when it affects you precisely not at all.

Against gay marriage…Don’t have one.

Against turbans and yarmulkes…Don’t wear them.

Against beards…Don’t grow one.

Other people doing any of these things does not affect you in the least, get over yourself. You aren’t loosing anything. When you are Christian living in a country that espouses religious freedom, but where your beliefs and practices are the norm, you don’t get to complain about other peoples beliefs that don’t affect you, that’s what religious freedom means. That’s why these men in beards and turbans are fighting, for your beliefs and theirs. Precisely one US president as of this writing was not Protestant, and he was Catholic, you haven’t lost anything, stop whining.

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