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Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying about discrimination and prejudice and explain how people should therefore be treated.

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Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying about discrimination and prejudice and explain how people should therefore be treated. Prejudice can be defined as a preconceived bias or partial opinion. Discrimination can be defined as unfavourable and unequal treatment based on prejudice, especially regarding race, colour or sex. Discrimination is expressed in overt behaviour, while prejudice is expressed in attitude. There are numerous different forms of prejudice and discrimination. Racism, discrimination based purely on the colour of a person's skin, is one of the major forms of discrimination present. There also exists racial prejudice, which is biased judgement which often leads onto racial discrimination. Racism can be present in the form of violent action against people of different races, prejudiced thinking and evaluating of a person just because of skin colour, and there also exists institutionalised racism - racist attitudes that are built into and part of the way of institutions in a country or region. Sometimes even positive discrimination occurs here such as when minorities which have been down trodden in the past benefit from a situation because of this. An example of this would be the current racial issues to do with the police force in the UK. ...read more.

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Christianity teaches that there is no valid objective for prejudice, that it breeds hate and fear and that people should love their neighbour, if we look at the extract Mark 12.31 in the Bible - the morality of prejudice and reasons for it are wrong, corrupt and evil according to Christianity. Let us begin by looking at some more examples and extracts from the Bible in which Jesus Christ; and the Christian faith; clearly disagrees with and opposes any form of prejudice and discrimination by action or by the teachings. John 4: 4-42 is an extract about Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Here Jesus speaks to a social outcast woman at the well. Jesus speaks to her and reveals to her that he is the Messiah, "I who speak to you am he." The fact that Jesus even speaks to a Samaritan would have been shocking at the time (especially to Jews), but he speaks to a woman and at this point in the Bible is the first time Jesus reveals to another person that he is the Messiah. This all distinctly shows the absence of prejudice Jesus has for people on the grounds of race, gender or social status. ...read more.

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As mentioned, church teachings also help in the anti-prejudiced nature of Christianity. This attitude is supported by statements from Church leaders, such as George Carey the Archbishop of Canterbury - in this case prejudice and discrimination in the form of racism: "Racism has no part in the Christian Gospel. It contradicts our Lord's command to love our neighbours as ourselves. It offends the fundamental Christian belief that every person is made in the image of God and is equally precious. It solves no problems and creates nothing but hatred and fear." This perspective on prejudice and discrimination by the Church correspond and combine with the teachings in the Bible and fundamentals of Christianity to be very much against ideas and actions of prejudice and discrimination. So, many Christians would try to adhere to the teachings from the Bible and Jesus and follow unprejudiced behaviour as set by the examples and as approved by the nature and faith of Christianity. It is the aim of most Christian's to imitate Jesus, who in the parable of the Good Samaritan says: "Go and do likewise," (Luke 10.37). Christianity teaches that all people should be treated as equals and there are many examples to learn from and follow. A Christian should not hold any prejudice and should not discriminate against people just because differences exist. ...read more.

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