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Prejudice and Discrimination Prejudice means pre-judgement taking a dislike to a person for no good reason or making a judgement before you know all the facts. To then take action because of this prejudice is known as discrimination. To think that women are inferior to men is a prejudice known as sexism to then treat women badly because of this is discrimination. A prejudice is an opinion that has not considered all the facts, to pre - judge a person or situation. Discrimination is action based on that prejudice. For example considering all people who wear glasses are "boffs" is a prejudice, to then treat them differently is discrimination. Peter had a dream that a canopy came down from heaven will all sorts of food inside. God told him to eat the food. He refused saying "I have never eaten anything that does not conform to the food laws. God replied, everything that I have made is clean, it is not for you to decide what is right and wrong". Genesis teaches that all people are made "in God's image" and have equal value. ...read more.


They would not even talk to each other. In the famous 'Parable of the Good Samaritan', Jesus makes a Samaritan the hero who stopped to help an injured Jew. This depicts fellowship and that it wouldn't matter what race or religion you are, but you are one of God's people. This could be like the Eucharist because in both we are showing that we are all part of Christ and that by helping other people we are together fulfilling what god wanted us to do. Out of all people we would expect the priest to help the hurt Jew, but against all the odds, he didn't. The hope was then on the lay Jew person to help this person who was distraught and hurt. He just went past, pretending not to see this person. Then who would expect? It was the lonely, poor Samaritan who helped out the poor Jew. This parable teaches us that we should not discriminate against the people who are different from us or the minorities because it is them who we will have to thank one day. ...read more.


St. Paul also clearly teaches against prejudice and discrimination: "There is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews ... Christ is all" (Colossians). Jesus himself sets a good example and treats those who are disabled or of different religious belief well. He does not discriminate. Some people would agree with this statement and argue that children going to a religious school will be encouraged to think that their religion is right and others are wrong. Such children may not meet children of other faiths and not socialise with them. This may lead to ignorance, which in turn can lead to prejudice. Some would argue that discrimination in Northern Ireland might be overcome if Catholic and Protestant children went to the same schools. On the other hand, others would argue that religious schools teach children to be respectful of all religions. Religious schools teach tolerance and help parents bring children up within a moral framework. There are many people in non-religious schools who are prejudiced. In religious schools, children are taught about their own faith, but this does not mean they will be prejudiced against others. Chetak Barot 10A ...read more.

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