A ‘chip on your shoulder‘ is an idiom that’s often defined as a grievance that’s rooted in a sense of superiority. In the nineteenth century the phrase originated in America and was basically suggesting that someone was spoiling for a fight, by carrying a chip on their shoulder and daring others to knock it off. The reason I picked out the three Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) is not only are they majority faiths, but they are monotheistic and tend to be the ones pushing their agenda and believing they’re privileged for doing so. They come across as oppressed and persecuted, and believe they are treated unfairly and expect respect as it’s their God given right.
“Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.” – Proverbs 3:30
Even after being told not to seek out confrontation or conflict, that chip bears a heavy weight on their shoulders, as how dare society suggest secularism is the only fair way society should be run. God must must be in allegiance with the government, and God forbid an atheist getting into office. Another example of this is their dislike to homosexuality as allegedly the Bible condemn it, but how exactly does it concern them, or affect their lives? It doesn’t, but so many theists feel the need to attempt to avenge this wrong by declaring their disdain, but you dare criticise their faith, even when it’s fact and not opinion, it’s downright bigotry, and their faith is being oppressed.
Another example is feminism and how it’s an insult to their faith for women to be empowering, and I have read many people claim that ‘Hilary Clinton‘s’ first problem before any of her policies are addressed is that she’s a woman, and the Abrahamic religions have always seen women as inferior, so no way was a majority of Christian voters going to allow a woman into a position of power. Many Christians claim that feminism is ‘unnatural‘, ‘man–hating‘ and ‘against God‘, yet women have been oppressed by the church throughout history, but as soon as one gets a glimpse of being ‘Commander in Chief‘, the chips come out and she’s labelled as a ‘Satan controlled Demonrat‘. Whilst this isn’t always the case, and there are notable successful female theists, they haven’t got where they are without struggling to overcome chauvinism and misogyny. This is particularly obvious regarding suffrage where women have only had the right to vote in America for hundred years, and we are forever told that America was founded on Christianity, yet many of the Christians tend to ignore the prejudice towards women, and racial minorities.
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” – Amendment XIX