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Explain how Christians might put their beliefs about racism into action.

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Explain how Christians might put their beliefs about racism into action The Roman Catholic Church does not agree with racism. In 1965 the second Vatican council made a declaration on the relation of the church to non-church religions (nostra aetate). It said: "The church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, and discrimination against people, or any harassment of them on the basis of their race, colour, condition in life or religion." After that was published, pope john Paul 11 asked the church to produce a fuller report on racism. It basically has in it that the roman catholic church is against racism and racial discrimination, how god loves everyone the same no matter what, apartheid in south Africa must be abolished and how the church wants to change racist attitudes etc. I think that its obvious that the roman catholic church despises racism and wants to destroy it, but what are they really doing to fight racism? ...read more.


It had worked for Ghandi, a great Indian leader, getting British to leave India. King used Ghandi's tactics, even when he received death threats and his own home was bombed. He insisted that the black community must not fight back. In 1962, he met President Kennedy and asked for greater understanding towards American blacks. The year after that he led a march, with over a quarter of a million people, both black and white, in the capital city of Washington. The march was for the new civil rights bill, which was trying to relax the circumstances of black people. The bill became law. In 1965, King met President Johnson and asked for more improvements to get rid of the rest of the problems to racial equality. That year black adults got the right to vote. Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Tennessee in April 1968. King managed to get through to people without using violence. ...read more.


He continually pounded apartheid. He denounced the government when, in 1955, Sophiatown was demolished and its inhabitants were evicted and re-settled. He attacked the pass laws. The government called him an extremist and had him spied on. He had been good friends with Archbishop Tutu practically all his life. Desmond Tutu was enormously impressed by the simple courtesy of Huddleston raising his hat to Tutu's mother, because it was virtually unheard of for a white to show this kind of respect to a black. "Christians are not only commanded to love, we are commanded to hate what is evil, and nothing is more evil than apartheid." He did a lot in his life to help black children, but I think there could have been other things or other ways to do this. If he had gone about some things more carefully the government wouldn't have had him spied on, which means he could have maybe done some more things? He started off good raising money and campaigning for free meals etc but I think he should have carried on doing small things like that. ...read more.

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