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26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of

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RS GCSE Philosophy & Ethics/Religion and Equality Section (A) Describe the teachings of the religion you are studying about racism. Section (B) Explain how followers of this religion might put their beliefs about racism into action. Section (C) 'Violence is an appropriate response to racism'. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answers and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to the religion which you are studying in your answer. Section (A) Teachings of Christianity about racism. What is racism? People sometimes say that discrimination = prejudice + power. Sometimes racial prejudice is made acceptable and supported by key organisations in our society. Many people would believe that although prejudice isn't bad it can be damaging when it leads to discrimination. Discrimination is acting on a prejudice, for example, refusing someone a job because of his or her skin colour. Racism is not just based on skin colour though; racism is prejudice against people of another race such as Hitler v a race of Jews. Here, Adolf Hitler drew his own theories about race and this led to the murder of six million Jews because in his opinion the Jews were the cause of everything that was wrong with Germany. Christianity teaches that everyone is equal in the eyes of God and so it would be wrong to make anyone feel inferior or suffer because of any difference between them. ...read more.


Section (B) How Christian followers might put their beliefs into action. There are certain ways to respond to racism, but I think there is only one way, non violent. Martin Luther King is a man who changed the history of racism. He was aware from an early age that black people were not treated as equal citizens in America. 4 million black Africans were torn from their homes, and shipped to America to work as slaves. Just because they were black, they were only paid half of what a white person was. Martin Luther King was a Christian; he too believed the only way was the non-violent way, and peaceful forms of protest. Not all black people agreed with this, the black power movement lead by Malcolm X believed that the only way equality would be achieved is by violence. Martin Luther King organised a bus boycott, to stop people being segregated on the buses. The black people were told to sit at the back, and the white people to sit at the front, but if a white person wanted to sit in a seat where a black person was the black person had to move for them. He organised this bus boycott, where black people refused to use buses, and those white people who thought it right. ...read more.


Malcolm X used violence to help him, whereas Martin Luther King was a pacifist and believed strictly in non-violence. The Bible contradicts itself in places as in quotations below whereby it outlines using violence is all right, and also where it is saying violence promotes evil: 52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. (Matthew 26 v52) 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. (1Thessalonians 5:15) These quotations are against violence, but the next one is not: 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:39) I think that mainly the bible is telling us not to be violent, but there are two sides to the argument. In the case of the Arab Israeli Conflict both I think nations should negotiate situations and talk about issues to come to an amicable solution instead of fighting. There have always been wars in our world and I can only imagine that a world without hate and war would be a better place to live in. The Bible is basically telling us to stand up for yourself if someone hurts you, but in my opinion it is better not to get involved but try to resolve issues peacefully. ...read more.

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