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  • You can expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays.
  • 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. wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter” without considering their faith).
  • You can worship freely, without fear of violence or threats.
  • A bumper sticker supporting your religion won’t likely lead to your car being vandalized.
  • You can practice your religious customs without being questioned, mocked, or inhibited.
  • If you are being tried in court, you can assume that the jury of “your peers” will share your faith and not hold that against you in weighing decisions.
  • 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 responsible for your governance are probably members of your 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.
  • Your faith is accepted/supported at your workplace.
  • 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.
  • Your faith can be an aspect of your identity without being a defining aspect (e.g., people won’t think of you as their “Christian” friend)
  • You can be polite, gentle, or peaceful, and not be considered an “exception” to those practicing your faith.
  • Fundraising to support congregations of your faith will not be investigated as potentially threatening or terrorist behavior.
  • Construction of spaces of worship will not likely be halted due to your faith.
  • You are never asked to speak on behalf of all the members of your faith.
  • You can go anywhere and assume you will be surrounded by members of your faith.
  • 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.
  • Your faith is taught or offered as a course at most public institutions.
  • You can complain about your religion being under attack without it being perceived as an attack on another religion.
  • You can dismiss the idea that identifying with your faith bears certain privileges.

 

Courtesy of It’s Pronounced Metrosexual

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