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Prejudice and Discrimination.

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Prejudice and Discrimination Prejudice is the act of prejudging someone or something, and usually means the feelings or opinions of intolerance and dislike which people have for others, based on little or no actual knowledge. Discrimination is when people are treated badly by others because of prejudice. E.g. To think that women are inferior to men is a prejudice known as sexism to then treat women badly because of this would be discrimination. Sometimes people are pre-judged because of their: * Prejudice can be about many different things: religion, race, colour, gender, sexuality, language, disability, age, social class etc. brought on by-grouping / scrapegoating / fear and stereotyping. * All prejudice and discrimination goes against the first two Articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights: Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of unity. Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. ...read more.

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Racism, which is the use of a person's racial origin to determine their value, is an assault on the Christ's values and a rejection of his sacrifice. World Council of Churches, Catholic Church [2] Many people have fought against racial discrimination in both the church and society. E.g. Martin Luther King, Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Trevor Huddleston (South Africa apartheid). You go then and do the same Luke 10:37 Jesus said this after the Good Samaritan story, urge Christians to take an active role in the fight against racism. The deed of the Good Samaritan should be repeated. [3] We can learn lessons from other people, from Gandhi comes the idea of non-violent protest (don't have to be Christian to have same ideals) and from the Holocaust there are many lessons to be learnt. To be Christian, one should not just be non-racist but anti-racist. [4] For many years in South Africa the Dutch Reformed Church supported apartheid, the system which meant that black people were separated from white people and treated as inferior. Islam [1] Muhammad chose a black Ethiopian as his first prayer caller (Mu'adhin). ...read more.

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Islam [1] Islam also teaches that men and women are equal / created from same soul and will be judged equally by Allah: ...Allah created you from a single person, created his mate, and from them, twain scattered like seeds countless man and woman. Surah 24:31 [2] However, their rights are different because their roles are different. Men must support the family: Men are the protectors of women because Allah has given the one more strength... and because they support them from their means. Surah 4:33 [3] Although the rights and responsibilities of women are different to those of men, they do have the right to choose who they marry, to divorce, to study, to own property, to conduct business and to take part in politics. [4] Muhammad stressed the importance of women and the respect which should be shown to them when he said: Paradise lies at the feet of your mother. Sunan An-Nasa'i [5] The teachings of Islam direct Muslim women to wear modest clothes that cover their bodies when they are in public, so that men will show them the respect that they deserve: Women should put on an outer garment when they are outside so that they should be recognised as who they are and not troubled. Surah 33:59 ...read more.

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