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Is Britain a Religiously Pluralistic Society?

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Is Britain a Religiously Pluralistic Society? Arguably, Britain is one of the best examples of a multi-faith society, perhaps in Europe; but this does not necessarily suggest that it is religiously pluralistic. I feel that contrary to the beliefs of most members of the class, Britain is not a pluralistic as one might think. The main reason why people feel Britain is very pluralistic is largely due to the area that we live in. Near London, the diversity in terms of race AND religion is immense, and can be seen whilst walking into one store along the high street. However, when one moves out of cities and into the more rural areas of Britain it is obvious that some religions are more prominent than others. ...read more.

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Long ago, Britain took the first steps towards a legally pluralistic society. This was achieved with laws being passed to give non-conformists freedom of worship, and the end of Christian beliefs influencing law. Some may argue that the inclusion of other religions in schools is one of the key implications of a religiously tolerant society. Religious Education has now become part of the curriculum, and indeed it is the case that knowledge of different religions helps understanding and therefore perhaps more tolerance of other beliefs. However, this may not necessarily be the case. In some schools (particularly ones with religious influence) other religions are not taught with the same respect as their own religion. ...read more.

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Infact, in most primary schools regardless of whether they follow the Christian faith the children are made to create Easter and Christmas cards Even during religious ceremonies from other religions which require children to stay home from school such as Eid, one is marked absent rather than allowing a religious holiday. A pluralistic society is not only about religions living together, but people working together as a community. Although laws have been passed to make discrimination illegal, prejudice is something that cannot be prevented regardless of how many laws are passed, as it is not easy to change people's attitudes towards others. A true pluralistic society is something that Britain is working towards, though it has many more steps to take. ...read more.

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