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Christianity and Racism

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Christianity and Racism Leviticus 19:33-34: "Do not ill-treat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would a fellow Israelite, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you where once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the lord your God" The above passage from the Old Testament tells Christians not to discriminate against foreigners. It could therefore be interpreted as strongly anti-racist. There is a very similar quote from earlier in the bible, this describes clearly the Christian perspective on prejudice "love your neighbours as you love yourself". Jesus is shown to be anti-racist when he says: "I tell you, I have never found faith like this, not even in Israel" This he says of a Roman centurion and Gentile A well-known anti-prejudice story in the Bible is that of the Good Samaritan. This tells of a man who was robbed and beaten being rescued by another man whose race should have made them enemies. "Love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind and love your neighbour as you love yourself" Early Christians could however be accused of racism, Jews who converted to Christianity felt that all non-Jewish Christians should be circumcised and forced to follow the Torah, they did not want non-Jews to become Christians. ...read more.


In 1962 Mandela was arrested on his return to the country from abroad. He was arrested for leaving the country illegally and for incitement to strike. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in November 1962. Whilst serving his sentence, he was charged and convicted of sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment. Shortly after his release on Sunday 11 February 1990, Mandela and his delegation agreed to the end of violent struggle. Nelson Mandela has received honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities and is the chancellor of the University of the North. On the 10th of May 1994 he became the first democratically elected State President of South Africa. Through out his life Nelson Mandela has campaigned to end the racist regime in South Africa, but he has also campaign for the crimes committed against blacks during the apartheid to be pardoned, as he believes that people should look forward and not back. He does not wish to see either a black or a white superiority, he says that: "I have carried the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunity... if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die" Martin Luther King Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929. ...read more.


It was also taught at the time that cities captured by the crusaders should be burnt to the ground and their inhabitants slaughtered. The crusades have relevance to racism in that many where centred on removing "infidels" (Muslims and Jews) from holy areas. My opinion is undecided when it comes to reacting to racism with violence. In general I believe that violence can in specific circumstances be the only option I think that in should definitely only be considered when all other options have been attempted and failed. My other personal view is that violence rarely ever achieves anything except in self-defence. It will make people less willing to co-operate peacefully, it will make people fear others and fear leads to hatred. I cannot see that violence would in this circumstance achieve anything and therefore I would probably be apposed to its use. It could however be considered a "just" response if the crime was comparable with the reaction. For example I personally believe that in some cases the death penalty is justified. Amnesty international is a world wide organisation set up to campaign for human rights and issues like ending racism, sexism etc. Amnesty campaigns with out violence by means of letters, faxes and now emails. They would not feel that violence is an appropriate response to any crime. ...read more.

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