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Ethics Coursework

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Ethics Coursework AO1 Christian Teachings about Prejudice and Equality A prejudice is a personal thought directed against individuals of a certain minority, whether it be skin colour, gender, religion e.t.c...For example being anti-Semitic means you have a prejudice against Jews because you don't like that minority of people. Some people can take there prejudices a step further and take action against those they feel a prejudice towards, such as Adolf Hitler did with the Jews where he murdered six million Jews across Nazi occupied Europe because he felt a prejudice towards them. Prejudices can be sparked by things such as racism and sexism, which themselves really are prejudices but are the reasons why some people feel against certain groups of people. Racism is a prejudice towards a race of people, such as different skin colours and people from different religions, people can also be discriminated because of racism, and this is where segregation comes in where people are divided accorded to race. Sexism is a prejudice towards the opposite sex; it can also be discrimination in such cases where a man is chosen for a job rather than a woman simply because she is a woman. Racism and sexism can cause people to feel hurt, alienated and angry as they are seen as inferior because of something they can't change. Christians believe prejudice is morally wrong because God created all humans as one so therefore they are all equal. There is evidence of this in the bible as shown in the references below: Genesis 1:26 "Then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness..." All humans were made in the image of God, meaning they were all equal as they were created as one image. Leviticus 19:33-34 "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not ill treat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. ...read more.

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Another fight for racial equality was the case of Trevor Huddlestone. He was sent to South Africa by his church to help in Sophia town, one of the poorest communities in the country. There he saw the policy of apartheid become legal in 1948 which meant black people had no right in the social and political parts of society. He felt that fighting against injustice, such as the apartheid system, was an important part of being a Christian. So he organised boycotts against South Africa, which meant, for example, national sport teams refused to play against South Africa, bands refused to play in South Africa, people refused to buy South African products e.t.c...Trevor Huddlestone became one of the leading figures in what became known as the anti-apartheid movement. Another thing to consider is reconciliation, in cases such as Amy Biehl's parents, where they lost their daughter Amy due to a racist attack. They managed to forgive with their daughters murderers. Although this must have been hard they managed to forgive because of their strong faith in Christianity, and their belief in following in Christ's footsteps. Christians may also take into consideration the teachings on poverty and wealth, and put these into action to make people more equal, so no one is wealthier than another. "Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns. Pay him your wages each day before sunset, because he is poor and counting on it. Otherwise he may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin." Deuteronomy 24: 14-15 This tells Christians to not give a person lower wages on the basis that they are poorer. The poor person is probably needier than a wealthier worker because the wealthier worker may already have more money. Giving the poor person lower wages is discrimination on the basis that they may not be such a good worker, or their looks are shabby compared to the wealthier worker who makes a good job of their work. ...read more.

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No matter how wealthy or poor, from whatever background, whatever gender people are, everybody should be treated equally and with respect. I think immigrants from other lands should be welcomed because they can bring so many ideas with them and help this country. I think we should form a partnership, like the one the Church of England have tried to achieve, with places like Africa, so we can help one another to share ideas and put across experience. I believe everyone should have equal opportunities in life and should not be discriminated due to their skin colour, religion or gender. I can understand why some people may think some people are not worthy of such respect and equal opportunities. People who aren't Christians, possibly atheists such as me, may blame such atrocities like the London bombings on Muslims, and therefore may develop a whole prejudice against the Muslim race, and then they may think they don't deserve the same respect as the other people. Or they may think immigrants don't deserve to be welcomed into this country and treated with respect because they have travelled here illegally. A Christian would argue against this quoting the parable of the Good Samaritan teaching Christians that all people are each others neighbours and therefore deserve equal treatment. They can also quote Leviticus 19: 33-34 where Leviticus tells the Jews to treat an alien as a native born of their land because the Jews were once aliens themselves, in Egypt. I realise I have made a prejudice against people who have wronged in their life, and realise this may be wrong in some peoples eyes because they feel everyone deserves to be treated equally with respect, as I also do, as long as they have shown respect to other people throughout their life, and if they haven't, they have realised their wrongdoing because I think it takes extra courage and faith to admit to something so terrible like murder, more courage than committing the murder itself, so they deserve to be treated equally and I will respect them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nick Hudson ...read more.

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