Schoolgirl Izzy Dix was found hanged by her mother at home last monthNot long before her suicide, she wrote a heartbreaking poem about her ordeal. Their other possessions are in storage, save for Izzya€™s diary, which was taken by the police as evidence. In the weeks since Izzya€™s death, some of her classmates a€” a€?not the ring-leaders but the ones who joined in the ganging-up, which I actually find more difficult to forgivea€™ a€” have attempted to apologise, but this has only added to Gabbia€™s pain.
She says: a€?One girl got in touch to say she was sorry if their silly jokes had led to this. She reveals that while Izzy a€?adoreda€™ many of her teachers, they failed to tackle the bullies, even though theya€™d been told what was going on.
There has not yet been an inquest into Izzya€™s death, so there is no proof that she took her own life because of bullying, and perhaps there never will be. If you’re a Christian in the US, these are a bunch of unearned benefits you get that members of other faiths (or non-religious people) do not. Music and television programs pertaining to your religion’s holidays are readily accessible. It is easy to find stores that carry items that enable you to practice your faith and celebrate religious holidays.
You aren’t pressured to celebrate holidays from another faith that may conflict with your religious values.
Holidays celebrating your faith are so widely supported you can often forget they are limited to your faith (e.g. A bumper sticker supporting your religion won’t likely lead to your car being vandalized.
When swearing an oath, you will place your hand on a religious scripture pertaining to your faith. Positive references to your faith are seen dozens of times a day by everyone, regardless of their faith.
Politicians can make decisions citing your faith without being labeled as heretics or extremists. It is easy for you to find your faith accurately depicted in television, movies, books, and other media. You can reasonably assume that anyone you encounter will have a decent understanding of your beliefs. You will not be penalized (socially or otherwise) for not knowing other people’s religious customs.
You can go into any career you want without it being associated with or explained by your faith. You can travel to any part of the country and know your religion will be accepted, safe, and you will have access to religious spaces to practice your faith.
Fundraising to support congregations of your faith will not be investigated as potentially threatening or terrorist behavior.
Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of teachers who share your faith.
Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of friends who share your faith. It is easily accessible for you or your children to be educated from kindergarten through post-grad at institutions of your faith. Disclosing your faith to an adoption agency will not likely prevent you from being able to adopt children. In the event of a divorce, the judge won’t immediately grant custody of your children to your ex because of your faith.
You can complain about your religion being under attack without it being perceived as an attack on another religion. I’m confused about the wording of #9… why will your peers hold your faith against you if they share it? Thanks for adding a very important addition to the list: you can dismiss the idea that identifying with your faith bears certain privileges. This list pertains more to protestant Christians — and that distinction is extremely important. Other Christian denominations are considered outsiders by a significant (and vocal) chunk of protestants. Except for the fact that, as a non-Christian, I have been pressured to do so.  I have had people, point blank, tell me that I should be celebrating Christmas. And where is this professor now?  I’d find it hard to believe if this has continued without reprimand. You really are sheltered, huh?  Clear typo aside, what that means is that there is no shortage of cases where all or predominantly Christian juries have immediately formed unfavourable opinions of a defendant because they were of a non-Christian religion. I’m not a Christian (and never had to swear an oath in court) and reading this one was in fact the most jarring to me. The first time I had to swear an oath in court, I was handed a bible, because it was simply assumed that I would use it to swear my oath.
I actually lost my case, and had to appeal the decision (and I easily and handily won the appeal, with the judge stating that he had no idea on what grounds the original decision against me was made). I actually do live in a small community with a very strong religious presence, and was never once presented any book upon which to place my hand. Whenever I had to swear or affirm anything in court, I simply had to raise my right hand, and I live in an area with a strong religious supermajority. OK, would YOU swear, “So help me Goddess?” How would it feel for YOU to be forced to swear on my Grimoire?
OX, you are making a very common mistake when discussing privilege … you are personalizing it instead of stepping back and seeing how privilege works on the macro level. Finally, recognizing your own privilege is not tantamount to admitting culpability for things outside of your control. What Eric said, OR I can completely grant you that analogy, if you realize that Christians are the only ones who have four (-teen?

Also, there are generally a variety of easily accessible places of worship for varying branches of Christianity, sometimes within walking distance, rather than two hours by car, and not your specific path but the closest you could find. Or how about wills and marriage certificates being invalidated because your state just banned your religion’s laws on property, inheritance and marriage because of xenophobia.
It later transpires she has not been back to the family home in Devon since the night she ran from it, hysterical, after finding Izzya€™s body.Every item of furniture has been given to the charity shop Izzy used to work in (a€?it supports teenagers in need. Izzya€™s grandmother tells me that Gabbi hasna€™t been alone since Izzy died; she even sleeps in her mothera€™s bed. Gabbi claims she had contacted the school, Brixham College, at least 15 times in the months before her daughter died, complaining about the name-calling, teasing and the ostracising.
Suicides are rarely that simple.Yet you cana€™t read I Give Up, the poem she wrote, without seeing it as a glaring cry for help.
I have come across many Southern Baptists who would tell you that Orthodox Christians aren’t really Christian because they believe wrong.
Having not had to swear an oath in court before, it never dawned on me that I might be required to swear on the KJ bible. I was surprised in elementary school when I found out that people swear on the bible in court. The option to affirm is available, but many people simply assume that a person will swear their oath on the bible, which is an example of Christian privilege. I can’t help but wonder if my choice to affirm rather than swear on the bible, my declaration of atheism, hurt my case the first time around. Though it is focused on male privilege, it is one of the most outstanding explanations of what privilege is and is not that I have ever found. It is not an accusation that you have not worked in your life or struggled or that at times people were rude or hateful to you. I was in too much of a state to do anything other than accept it.a€™It is only six weeks since Izzy died, and Gabbia€™s grief is as raw as it gets. At night, she wakes up screaming a€?leave my baby alonea€™.But Gabbia€™s anger is as strong as her devastation, hence her insistence on going public with Izzya€™s story. I assumed it would be the constitution, because that’s the most important secular document to our country.
While I was able to say that I was an atheist, and would prefer to affirm, that is not always an *easy* thing to say, and having to push back against sometimes overwhelming Christian privilege can be very trying and sometimes it’s just easier and simpler to let people assume default Christianity. As a white woman it took me a long time to fully understand how white privilege exists in the world. It is simply a recognition of what it means to be a member of a group that is considered a cultural default.
You could hear it in their voices, as if they were rolling their eyes and going, a€?Oh, not her again.a€?a€‰a€™Gabbi, who was a teacher herself, so is more aware of anti-bullying responsibilities in education than most, last phoned to discuss the problem on September 16 a€” the day before Izzy died.
And I found out all of this right after the separation of church and state was explained to me, so it was even more confusing. While we fully embrace the Bible, we also embrace additional scripture including the Book of Mormon. There were still lots of young people, though.a€™ The presence of her daughtera€™s true friends provided a€?much, much comforta€™, Gabbi admits. She had come home in a terrible state, claiming she had been told off for bursting into tears in class. The fact that you can complain about how popular your faith’s holidays are is a demonstration of an incredible amount of privilege.
Where they draw the going to hell cutoff varies greatly among denominations, churches, and individuals. But her feelings about some of the other attendees are more ambivalent.For Izzy, a gifted pupil who had ambitions to go to Oxford University, had taken her own life after complaining she could no longer cope with being bullied, both at school and online. If she put her hands up in class, shea€™d be labelled a a€?swota€? and theya€™d snigger at her, or make crude comments. It sounds so stupid now, but in my head I thought she wasna€™t quite at breaking point because her grades hadna€™t slipped at school.
She called it I Give Up, and it reads: a€?They begin to tell me that nobody wants me there. I got through to the headmaster himself that afternoon and pleaded with him, yet again, to do something. She was a star pupil until the day she died.a€™One particularly distressing thing about Gabbia€™s story is that she appears to have followed all the rules about how to react if your child is being bullied a€” alerting the school, and offering love and reassurance to her daughter.
Music and television programs pertaining to your religion’s holidays are readily accessible.
I give up.a€™Many, if not all, of the youngsters present at the service would have been aware of Izzya€™s torment. People are pressured to celebrate Christian holidays thousands of times a day during holiday seasons. She had fled a Spanish lesson in tears the day before her death when the jibes and sniggers a€” a€?the usual stuffa€™, says her mother, bitterly a€” got too much.Some of those who arrived to mourn her were directly implicated in the bullying, says Gabbi. Christians who have done their homework, conclude breathern who don't fully worship Jesus are not Christians. Then onto that awful site [a website in which users post anonymous comments on each other's profiles], and be subjected to filth.
Mormons believe in a LESS than worship worthy Jesus.A  This is why Christians are concerned and suspicious about what Mormons believe and more importantly, what the Mormon faith teaches. Her relationship with Izzya€™s father, Eugene Conway, ended before Izzy was born, which led to a particularly intense mother-daughter bond. It was more than we should expect any teenager to cope with, and in the end my daughter couldna€™t.a€™Gabbi is angry not just at the bullies and their a€?complete lack of compassion and humanitya€™, but at the teachers at Izzya€™s school. But, one really does not have to dig up gold tablets to reach the most important conclusion: Mormons don't worship the fully worship worthy Jesus of the Bible. Yes, when she hit her teens she could be moody and we had our moments, but overall she was a joy: bright, opinionated, fun.

You aren’t pressured to celebrate holidays from another faith that may conflict with your religious values.
If she was here today, shea€™d do a much better job of this than me.a€™Izzy was always aware of her fathera€™s existence, and a€?knew she could meet him when she was readya€™. She did, in fact, meet him not long before she died, although her mother insists this did not cause her to become depressed.
Holidays celebrating your faith are so widely supported you can often forget they are limited to your faith.
Trust me, when I am celebrating Easter, there is no way to forget that Easter, the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ, is central to Christianity only. 6. I had a professor in law school ask who was Christian, only for him to mock those of us who raised their hands. The roots of the answersA go back to Thomas Jefferson as Glenn mentionedA and to Ben Franklin, two of my favorite Founding Fathers.
That the most acceptable Service we can render to him, is doing Good to his other Childrena€¦. I mean, if you think in terms of feeling alienated and having to swear on a Bible as a reminder that you are different. He has been my frequent radio guest on "Understanding the Times." In between, we chat on the phone, agreeing that our Lord's return could be today.
It will help you understand the times.A I refrained from commenting on the Glenn Beck Israel tour because I wasn't on it and I wanted to believe the best.
He told me far more than in print here, all of it disturbing.A Jack reports that many on the trip were grieved and that his report is not just from one disgruntled participant. But understand that over time, there will be many sucked into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of the most deceptive cults. This fits in just wonderfully now that even evangelicals are looking for "common ground" with Mormons.A Most importantly, pray for Glenn Beck. That doesn't make him evil but rather, proves that we need to do our homework before we tie ourselves to a bandwagon. But this trip to Israel was different than any other I've been on -- and "different" does not always mean the same thing as "good." If you love Glenn Beck and believe that he is both a good Christian and an honest man, perhaps today's Omega Letter (OL) isn't for you. I am going to be as charitable as possible, under the circumstances, but I have to call it as I see it.A Today's review is primarily theological -- later we will discuss the political elements of the tour and how our presence was received in Israel.
There was a lot of really good stuff -- but first things first.A We must begin at the beginning, inside a cloud of deliberate deception.
Glenn Beck said that he had investigated the tour companies involved thoroughly, and recommended Voyager Travel as the one that he knew best.
As you can see from the link above, Voyager Travel is represented as a secular tour company with tours to Norway, England, Alaska, Denmark, and oh, by the way, a special Restoring Courage event in Israel by Glenn Beck.
To maintain that fiction, the tour planners engaged a "Christian" guide service -- which meant in this case that it was led by a Greek Orthodox Catholic guide.A George was a terrific guy to be around and an excellent tour guide -- if one went to Israel to tour sites important to the Greek Orthodox Church -- or those dedicated to Mary.
One can be a member of a church and not be a Christian, or not be a member of any church, in some instances, because they are Christian.A We also noticed very early on that our bus had about a half-dozen overtly Mormon members, and probably another half-dozen who kept it to themselves. A But whenever a discussion erupted that questioned LDS participation, whether or not the LDS was actually running things, or whether all the tour leaders were Mormons, one of our Mormon 'minders' would quickly appear to change the subject.A If the topic was Mormon doctrine, several Mormons would attach themselves to the discussion to 'correct misconceptions'. Some of the Christians in our group renamed them "The Decepticons".A It will take a series of OL columns to discuss the tour itself. Today is simply the introduction.But as the title of today's OL implies, most of the expected blessings were not there. A He made that statement, from the very place King Agrippa was almost persuaded, while surrounded by famous born-again Christian authors like David Barton, John Hagee and Mike Evans, all of whom took time out from their own sermons to salute Beck's "courageousness" in offering his support to Israel.
They believe that God had a god that elevated God to godhood and that they, too, can be elevated to godhood.They believe they lived as full-grown adults (the Doctrine of Pre-existence) in a spirit world before they were born. Here, they recreate their pre-existent families as eternal families.Jesus and Satan were brothers and God liked Jesus' plan best so Satan rebelled. Mormons don't believe in the sin nature, or 'original sin'.Mormons believe the purpose of human existence is to become like God.
The rest will go through various stages of perfection while in the post-life spirit world.Finally, if you miss your dog, don't worry. By concealing the relationship between Voyager Travel and the LDS, many well-meaning Christians were duped into contributing to the LDS Church and their efforts at LDS evangelism. We were deceived into contributing to a religious system than cannot save and a god who is neither eternal nor Biblical, and a created, rather than Divine Jesus whose only qualification for the job was being a better planner than Satan. A We were tricked into providing money for use by Mormon missionaries that will lead people away from salvation rather than to it, and loaned our legitimacy to that cause by appearing together with thousands of others in a show of support that was supposed to be for Israel but was manipulated into a night to honor Glenn Beck's 'courageous' stand of faith in a god who cannot save.A The entire premise of the tour was that of having the courage to stand for what we believed in. Is it possible that Glenn Beck didn't know that Voyager Travel changed its name from LDS Travel in order to deceive non-Mormons?
Is it conceivable that there could have been any other reason for concealing the LDS connection?A Beck said he researched the Voyager travel agency carefully. If he did know, then he must have agreed to burying the connection between the LDS and Voyager Travel. But since the truth was inconvenient, it was surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.A "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Jack and I will discuss the issue on air on a forthcoming radio program, no date set.Get acquainted with "Understanding the Times" radio, now heard in 416 radio outlets. Christians who have done their homework, conclude breathern who don't fully worship Jesus are not Christians.

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