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‘All People are the Same and Should be treated the same’

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'All People are the Same and Should be treated the same' This statement seems to summarise the ideas of a free democratic society, typically western and modern. The statement states generally that all people are exactly the same and should be treated exactly the same as others - implying all people should have equal rights in a law. All people have the same moral responsibilities and treatment of all should remain consistent. The statement suggests that non-discrimination is the same as treating people exactly the same. Many varied responses to this statement can be produced, which can clearly be seen as very ambiguous in argument. A Christian view would be that all people are created equal before God. Again - status, wealth, race, creed do not matter and is not of concern. The view expressed in the statement therefore supports the major Christian view on prejudice: "Love thy neighbour as thyself," regardless of race or gender or any conflicting differences. The Bible, primarily the teachings and actions of Jesus, and additional Church teachings emphasise the equality of humans and show how people should be treated. From the Bible an extract from Paul's letter is a good example of evidence to show this: "There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women: you are all in union with Jesus Christ", (Galatians 3.28). ...read more.

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So, Christians often do view that, practically, treatment of people is difficult to keep consistent and also it may also not need to be kept consistent. The treatment of people is very much dependant on the individual person and the circumstances. Though all people are spiritually equal, as expressed in the Bible, all people cannot be treated exactly the same and people are not all equal - physically we are not equal, politically we are not equal, financially we are not equal etc. To avoid discrimination and to have suitable treatment, many Christians would say that exceptions should be made, however, as explained above. Some Christians find that there are internal conflicting views on ideas of equality. The Pope, as a Christian, believe's that everyone should be treated the same as everyone is equal, but he believe's that women priests should not be allowed. The Pope would say that Jesus' Apostles were all men and so this means women should not be a active part of the church. He would also use Paul's letter, Corinthians 1, as another evidence why women should not be a part of churches: "As in all the churches...the women should keep quiet in the meetings...It is a disgraceful thing for a woman to speak in church." Roman Catholics may say, in relation to this example, that the Pope is not being sexist but he is simply following the teachings in the Bible. ...read more.

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Homosexuals are not allowed to marry and prisoners are unable to vote. Such examples show that people are not equal and as a result are treated differently, whether negatively, as discrimination, or positively. To avoid discrimination exceptions to the rule on equality and in law should be made, and are often made. Atheists would have these views, in favour and against the statement, which are free of religious influence and argument. The views above are mainly based on social principles which atheists usually use. I believe that all people should be treated the same only to a certain degree. We are spiritually equal and all have common humanity - as a Christian would also argue. All people should have consistent humanitarian rights by law to protect from discrimination and bad treatment. However, people should not be treated exactly the same. For instance, criminals and those who are socially unacceptable have sinned so should be treated differently than others to cater for the situation. Ill people who need special care should be treated accordingly. I agree with the statement saying we are all equal, because we are born equal in front of God (as a Christian would say), but practically we are not always equal and it is not practical to treat people exactly the same because sometimes one cannot be treated the same or sometimes people should be treated differently. People are not treated exactly the same, and often discrimination results. However often people should be and need to be treated differently, and discrimination is not an issue here. ...read more.

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