‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God Bless You’ a Microaggression Against Muslims? What?

Beatley Library and Lefavour Hall at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.

By Nancy Flory Published on March 10, 2018

Saying “God bless you” is a microaggression against Muslims? “Merry Christmas”? “Happy Easter”? Really? So claim librarians at Simmons College in Boston.

They put together an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide.” And surprise! Christians may be the worst offenders.

Anti-Oppression

Oppression “is prejudice plus power,” write the librarians. Systems of oppression infiltrate our language. They shape our behavior in our culture. And they are “built around what are understood to be ‘norms’ in our societies.”

They give “heterosexism” as an example. (They prefer to call it “Queermisia.”) People assume it is the “norm.” When people speak as if it’s the norm, they victimize those who are not heterosexual. They make non-heterosexual people feel like outsiders. Heterosexism “is privileged by and built into laws around marriage, property ownership, and raising/adopting children.” 

Christians — Especially Guilty

How are Christians the worst defenders? Christians are the ones who have “institutional power,” the librarians claim. What they think are Christian prejudices have the most effect on others. 

Saying “Merry Christmas” assumes that everyone should celebrate the holiday, at least as far as saying “Merry Christmas.” Saying “God bless you” assumes that everyone believes in God. This offends those who don’t, they say. These “indignities” encourage the oppressive systems of “religious/Christian hierarchy.” 

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Muslims also suffer “Islamomisic microaggressions,” write the librarians. “Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities.” They can be intentional or unintentional. They are “slights and insults in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims.”

This means Christians better not wear a hijab as a fashion statement. Or endorse religious stereotypes. They can’t tell someone else they’re in the “wrong religion,” or assume their own religion is the norm. They also can’t deny their prejudice. These are all “microaggressions.”

Christian Fragility

Christians suffer from “Christian fragility,” the guide says. This may cause them to become angry during discussions about religion. They simply don’t have skills to talk about religious differences.

The “dominant social environment” makes Christians feel superior, the librarians write. They may become defensive and act like victims when others challenge their  “religious privilege.”

Christians “expect social comfort and a sense of belonging and superiority,” the librarians say. “When this comfort is disrupted, Christians are often at a loss because they have not had to build skills for constructive engagement with difference.”

And Christians have “Christian privilege,” like getting time off for a Christian holiday. Or placing one’s hand on a Bible in a swearing-in ceremony. People of other religions don’t have this, they note.

A spokesperson for the college told Fox News that the document is not complete. They said the guide is an “introductory resource” to provide general information about “anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion.”

Wonder what the list would look like were it complete.

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  • Andy6M

    Sounds like Russia circa 1917.

  • GPS Daddy

    Sounds like the Pharisees in Jesus time. They took the law to extremes. Made wild rules that actually broke the law of God. We have found out that not all that is legal to speak under the 1st amendment is right and good. But you cannot make “laws” against every possible misspoken word. If you try that you end up where the Pharisees ended up.

  • Nobody Specific

    The thing is you can say something like “Merry Christmas” or “God bless you” without sincerity and with the intent to make someone feel excluded. It would be a very unchristian thing to do but you can do and sadly some people do.

    On the other hand wishing someone be blessed or wishing someone a “Merry” Christmas, which is still a day wether you celebrate it as birth of our lord or not, is a kindness if done sincerely. I have been wished a happy Hanukkah before, I understood the speaker was a well wisher so I said “thank you and happy Hanukkah to you and your family”.

    At some point I think you just have to look in your own heart, are you saying things out of kindness or something else, if it’s kindness, there is nothing wrong ignore the microagression nonsense. If it’s coming from somewhere else consider if your own behavior is really Christlike. If someone “calls you out” I suggest offering no apology, but simply a clarification “I only meant to wish you well” if they refuse to accept this and move on the issue becomes theirs

  • Conservator

    As I read the librarians statements I could not help but think there was something very “Wormwoodian” (ref. C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters) about them. Satan uses every possible assault on Christianity no matter how ridiculous or seemingly innocuous. A steady “drip-drip” of slander and mockery of Christianity that seems to be growing in our society today.

    On a more temporal plane, there are some people that just have to control others in some way. If they can control how you speak then they have gotten “inside your head” and now control how you think. All of this microaggression nonsense is just another way for the far left to push their agenda forward by controlling how the general public speaks and thinks. What concerns me is the success in shaping public opinion the far left seems to have had employing these tactics.

  • Ken Abbott

    These librarians deserve a forceful “Shhh!”

  • Andrew Mason

    Do these librarians identify as Christian? If not then aren’t they using their privileged institutional positions as platforms to impose their views and values from? (This obviously ignores the question of whether or not Christians actually do have any institutional power). Are the librarians in question primarily men or do they conform to the stereotype of being a group primarily composed of women as is the norm in most libraries for the past couple of centuries? Seems to me that it’s a classic case of Leftist inversion – proclaiming victim groups as oppressors, and oppressor groups as victims. Yet another attempt at a pro-oppression, anti diversity, anti-inclusion system.

    • Jim Walker

      Liberals are so easily hurt by words. It means they believe they are what you say about them.

    • Jim Walker

      Liberals are so easily hurt by words. It means they believe they are what you say about them.

  • Jim Walker

    Liberals are so easily hurt by words.

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