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Prejudice and Discrimination.

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Extended Essay: Prejudice and Discrimination AO1.a) One example of gender discrimination would be with women in Christianity. Women have traditionally, in Christianity, been seen as inferior to men. Eve was said to be the temptress to Adam in the second Genesis story and was also created as a partner to Adam from one of his ribs, which automatically shows that women come from men, and so in a way men are better. Other Christians, such as St Augustine, even felt that women used their sexuality to distract men from God, which was obviously a sexist idea. These old fashioned ideas even resulted in; women having their human status questioned (at the Council of Macon in 564), the spiritual separation of the sexes in monasteries and convents and in women not being allowed ordination or to take authority in worship. This is a clear act of gender discrimination against women, as they are not being allowed the important and religious job of being a Priest. Though attitudes have changed in recent years, with the Church of England allowing women to be ordained in 1992, the Roman Catholics and Orthodox Churches still do not allow the ordination of women, though some Protestant traditions now have some female ministers. ...read more.

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I have a dream that one day .......all God's children, black, white, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the black people's old song. Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last." He was also an advocate of non-violence and believed that violence and hatred could only be overcome by love and forgiveness. As a Christian he wanted to demonstrate Christian love (Agape). Jesus told his followers to love their enemies and do good to those who persecute them. Even when his own home was bombed and his family received death threats, Martin Luther King worked to put this teaching into practice. He did not believe in violence, but thought that this did not excuse Christians from doing nothing. He advocated the use of non-violent direct action and peaceful forms of protest to raise awareness of the plight of Black Americans. He used marches and protests etc. to get the message across. He believed that all people are children of God and are made in his image and that it is the duty of Christians to spread this message. He held that if people understood that everyone is equal in the sight of God; then disputes could be settled in a non-violent way instead of through fighting and war. ...read more.

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own opinion or understand other sources of opinion and religion can be an equally authoritative source, it depends on the family situation, and so in some cases religion may have more of an effect then parents views. Also, religion and family are often intertwined, normally as it is parents who introduce religion to a child rather than anyone else and therefore, prejudices along with religion may be incorporated together. Also, know matter how important parents are to us, we will always have the free will to change our views on people, and so parents cannot be blamed for the faults of children, as parents are only guides to the path of ideas that we take, and not the choosers. We are the choosers and so the choice of whether to discriminate against someone or be prejudice entirely depends on us. On the whole, I broadly agree with this statement, and that religion can counter what our parents tell us, as we can believe in religion, over what our parents teach us, and so if a religion has the effect that it is supposed to have, then religion will always be able to fight prejudice learned from parents. However, I do acknowledging that there are many cases where the prejudices that one learns from ones parents can be ingrained and never be removed. ...read more.

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