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  1. "Everyone is equal". Discuss. examples from the Bible.

    Further, the fact is that man and woman ARE different - physically, mentally and emotionally. They have different functions. Man cannot bear children. A woman cannot fertilise an egg. In essence, men and women are two different species, and that will never change. But to some Christians, there is no contradiction or need for debate over equality. Genesis 1:27 is quite clear. "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

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  2. Martin Luther King

    The key message in the speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, King felt it must be the case for the future. He argued passionately and powerfully. The most famous paragraph carries the theme "I have a dream" and the phrase is repeated constantly to hammer home King's inspirational concepts. While the address has a very strong message for white people and hints at revolution, King's words are mostly about peace, offering a vision everyone could buy into.

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  3. How do Religious People View Suffering in the World?

    This is also a view shared by many atheists; this could yet be another answer. Another factor to consider is that suffering is included in many of the holiest books in the world. Take the Quraan for example. It has many answers to this question - Allah has placed a physical law and a moral law in this universe. Allah allows suffering to occur when one or more of these laws are broken. The physical law is based on cause and effect.

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  4. Cambodian and American cultures

    A controversial example from a book is the tradition of Cambodian girls being arranged to marry the boy of their mother's choice. Another important example is that Cambodian children are taught to respect their elders and if they did not they were harshly punished. In Cambodia, marriages are arranged by the mother of the boy and the girl.

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  5. Homosexuality: The Argument For

    'You are born homosexual and you can not change that' is an argument that has been proven by many scientists across the world at different points in history. Today, there are a number of tests that you can partake in to discover your true sexuality according to your unconscious mind. Also if it really were a choice, it seems like a silly choice to make as by simply being gay, you open yourself up to abuse and discrimination. And if it were a choice, all those people saying it's a choice would be able to wake up one morning and decide to be gay but yet they cannot.

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  6. Homosexuality: The Argument Against

    Homosexuality is not a natural occurrence. It is not an evolutionary fault or otherwise. Animals themselves may take part in bisexual or homosexual acts within a species but humans are of a higher intelligence and are not obliged or intended to partake in such primitive behaviour. Animals also do not and never have been influenced by moral decision making. Homosexual couples go against traditional family values as they cannot have children. Allowing adoption by gay couples upsets the traditional family unit as well family values as a child needs two parents (one of each gender)

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  7. Free essay

    Ghandi-Good or Evil?

    And sure enough, the newspapers the next day were writing about the incident in Gandhi's favour. After this event Gandhi had gathered a lot of supporters who joined with him to rebel against the unjust laws of the British Government. After much hard work and effort, General Smuts (From the British Government) compromised with Gandhi. Gandhi had achieved all that he wanted, but the compromise was that the British were going to limit foreign migration to South Africa. I believe that Gandhi made the right decision to accept General Smuts' offer, because he had achieved all that he wanted, and why rebel against something he originally didn't set out to.

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  8. Exam style question on Racial Harmony (R.E)

    People, who believe strongly in Christianity, see this as a good example to follow. As there are many good Christians in the world, it is likely that they all agree with racial harmony, and try to create it amongst other religions. The Qur'an teaches that all races are equal in the eyes of God. There are many sayings in the hadith that promotes racial harmony.

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  9. Attitudes towards sexism in Islam and Christianity

    There has been a recent article in The Times newspaper where a female spy who worked in the army had been awarded �12,000 compensation. The woman was subjected to comments about her breasts, insulting graffiti about her was scratched on guard posts, and the lavatories she used were sabotaged with cling film over seats. Another example is women are not getting promoted because of the risk of them getting pregnant and then going on lengthy maternity leave.

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  10. Laws cannot stop prejudice

    The past few years are evidence enough that laws against discrimination are in some part ineffective. Many attacks have been carried out on innocent people purely because of prejudice. Cases like that of Anthony Walker have almost become the norms in our society now, in fact last year there were 9, 528 victims of hate crime. So maybe it truly is time to take a different look at the way things are handled. Prejudice can be initiated by many means; jealousy, need of someone to blame, upbringing, and even fear.

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  11. Do the beliefs and values of the amish culture lead them to have a better quality of life than people in britain?

    They were called Anabaptists, later still the Amish (named after Jacob Amman) split from the Anabaptists (1693) because they wanted to include foot washing and shunning in their worship. The Amish were often persecuted in Europe, so migrated to the USA in the 1700's where Amish communities still exist today. Amish way of life The Amish men wear hats, straw for work and black felt for worship. The Amish women wear bonnets and they both wear plain clothes, dull colours, no patterns and married men have beards, single men don't, their bodies fully covered, no make no or jewellery, hooks and eyes on there jackets no buttons and they all must not be hochmud.

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  12. Christian beliefs about the ways criminals shoud or should not be treated

    Christians believe that once this has happened any former criminal deserves to be pardoned by society. A relevant quotation from the Bible is "If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other also." This is referring to the fact that Christians think that revenge is not to be encouraged; instead one should promote forgiveness and retribution. Another Christian belief about the way in which criminals should be treated is that they should also be shown respect. Therefore even though criminals have broken the laws of society, they should still be treated as a member of society and as equals, therefore they have the same right to food, drink, health, shelter, sanitation and exercise facilities.

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    Section B RE Racism

    In 1948 (19 years of age) he graduated from Morehouse College and entered Crozer Theological Seminary, destined to be a Baptist like his father. However during 1951 he graduated and left his studies. On the 1st of December, King joined the Bus Boycott. This was where a woman named Rosa Parks one day refused to move for a white person on the bus. The police were involved and ended up arresting her. The black people got so fed up of this that King had a talk that led the Black Community to stop using the busses hence the name "Bus Boycott."

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  14. Multicultural Britain

    Many places in England had a sign saying they did not want 'no blacks/ negroes, no dogs, no Irish.' So there wasn't many places that thee blacks could go and live. Many places that was found to live. Was usually rat infested tiny room. With averagely 10 people to a room. There was no room for sanity or cleanliness. Just like Irish and Jews. Down the line this discrimination is still going on to the Pakistani's and Bangladeshi's. When they first came to Britain. They all lived together in the same town and same house. When they came over the live and worked in tremendously horrific places e.g.

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  15. It what ways is Religion presented in the news?

    This is a type of media hype because by showing footage of the McCann family going to church, others will feel the need to as well, therefore promoting religion through other peoples suffering and need for support. The percentage of religious funerals in the UK is over 90%, compared to the number of church attendance, which is only 6%. These statistics promote the idea that Britain could be seen as a secular country because people care little for religious beliefs while they are living, but once a family member dies they see it as better to 'send them off' correctly, in hope that heaven (or God)

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  16. Free essay

    outline catholic teaching on wealth and poverty

    The Old Testament had a long standing tradition of seeing wealth as a positive statement of God's blessing. In Genesis 13 for example, Abraham is said to have been very wealthy in property and precious metals. In Chapter 14 it is apparent that God was the one who blessed Abraham and made him prosper. The book of Proverbs however teaches us "When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord and the Lord will pay you back".

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  17. Born Again Christian

    For some born again Christians, finding God doesn't only change your mind but your actions. Johnny Cash, for example was not only a fantastic songwriter, singer and guitarist, but also a devoted family man. For Johnny it had not always been this easy. When he was twelve, his brother Jack, his hero, was killing in a horrific accident whilst sawing wood for fence posts. This incident had a strong and lasting impact on Johnny's life. Later in Johnny's life he joined the air force. In this time, he found his music comforting, but was still quoted as saying "All through the air force, I was lonely for those three years."

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    According to the teachings of Christianity and Islam what is their attitude towards sexism

    And if she did not have her head covered her hair should all be cut off. Men do not have to have their head covered because they are the "image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man." This is sexist because they are saying that men where created in the image of God, but women where only created for men, not because God wanted to create them, this could be used as a way of mistreating women as well, as they where only created for the needs of men.

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  19. Their Eyes Were Watching God is an interesting book. To me it is the story of a woman named Janie who is a born survivor. Although her life is a constant struggle against poverty, racism, and sexism

    Logan's pride in his young bride fades and he demands that she help with his chores. He says she is spoiled and not too good to chop wood. Janie stands up to him and says, "Ah'm just as stiff as you is stout. If you can stand not to chop and tote wood Ah reckon you can stand not to git no dinner. 'Scuse mah freezolity, Mist' Killicks, but Ah don't mean to chop de first chip." Logan later says he is going to town to get another mule so she can work the fields with him.

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  20. Religion and life coursework 1

    I think that we need to try and put any differences aside and get together, however I know that this will most likely take a lot of time. I know that this separation has been made by both groups of people and is defiantly not only provoked by one religious group. If we are to have a sustainable peace then we must negotiate.

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  21. From a study of British history, can we say that Britain is a racially tolerant country? A tolerant question by Colin Holmes, addresses the same issue, do you agree with his interpretations.

    He has written many publications on the history of immigration and minority groups. His famous books include 'Immigrants and Minorities in British Society in 1978, Immigration and British Society in 1871-1971 (1988).' Colin Holmes is a professional historian from a highly regarded university. Therefore, his views are likely to be reliable. The fact that Colin Holmes was a lecturer at a highly regarded university directs us to the view that he is a professional. He has also published a book that did extremely well which shows he had a great understanding of immigration and his views were highly regarded.

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  22. Explain why the bible is important to Christians

    To a Christian the bible is no ordinary book - it is sacred, holy and inspired. Christians believe the bible is in some way the word of God, which can teach, inspire and guide them in their everyday lives. Bible studies may be applied to the problems of every day living. The bible teaches us how to conduct ourselves in a personal manner as well as in family matters and church matters. These may be personal problems or social problems like racism or war. By doing this, Christians try to come to a deeper understanding of their faith and the way it can be applied to their lives in the modern world.

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  23. Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for others whatever their race, colour, gender or disability. Use Bible passages

    Organisations such as CAFOD, and other life saving organisations which don't discriminate. A good example of what Christians should be like and an example that should be followed is the story of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10: 25-37. This parable sums up the way Christians and all people should treat each other, loving their neighbour as they would like to be loved. The parable also gives us an insight in to the fact that sometimes we have to break traditions in order to live up to Jesus' teaching. Because the Samaritan, traditionally, shouldn't help the man as the two of them are separated by old prejudices.

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  24. Prejudice and descrimination

    In this article I will be explain what we, as Christians, can do to prevent it. Now, to prevent prejudice, you must start by dealing with your own prejudice and setting a good example to others. You must learn to abide by that most challenging command of Christ to his followers: "Love one another as I have loved you" Try to have a wide variety of friends, from all races and religions - this will show others that you are not prejudice. Don't ever accept racism or racist jokes and stand up for those who are suffering from prejudice.

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  25. Describe Christian Attitudes to Fertility Treatments and Use of Human Embryos

    However, the Church of England disagree, saying that the benefits of experimentation on human embryos outweighs the potential danger, as diseases such as Parkinson's or cystic fibrosis could be cured. They agree with the H that embryos up to 14 days old can be used, but embryos should not be made solely for scientific research. They believe that perhaps human discovery and intervention can also be thought of as resulting from the exercise of God-given powers of mind and reason.

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  • To what extent was American society racist in the 1920s?

    "To conclude, I believe that American society was very racist in the 1920s. This started off with the Jim Crow Laws in the southern states and then the 'resurrection' of the Ku Klux Klan. The treatment towards the Black American degraded at a very fast rate and so they decided to move to the northern states where there was a less concentration of them. However, the Americans there were racist as well and the police and courts didn't do anything about it as they too were racist. Even though treatment towards Blacks slightly improved due to organisations such as the UNIA, overall, they were seen as 'an inferior race' and it would be a while until treatment towards Blacks greatly improved. Mamoon Ahmad Bradford Grammar School 4DRo Mr. Reed-Purvis GCSE History"

  • Compare and Contrast the Following Poems: Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka, In-a Brixtan Markit by James Berry, On the Subway by Sharon Olds and On an Afternoon Train from Purley to Victoria by James Berry.

    "Both "On the Subway" and "Telephone Conversation" are about people hastily jumping to conclusions, rather than thinking for themselves. The existence of racism itself has to do with the unfairness off people, who do not think off others and the consequences of their words. All the poems show what we should think before we make remarks or are unjust to someone just because of their colour. 1 1 Kritank Gupta"

  • Having read Free Dinners' from Come to Mecca analyse Farrukh Dhondy's prsentation of the character of Lorraine.

    "Conclusions- it is joining together to give us positive and negative and very sad ending by watching Lorraine suffering as a prostitute. This story written to give us some knowledged about some people suffers from joining two different cultures. Culture, which is joined by love without thinking about the future. The story is written to spread the message that prejudice is an act that often misleads people to wrong ways and sometime waste thier talent and their life. Racism often leads to many complications and perilous cases to violence and riots and divides the communities in half. That's what Farrukh Dhondy tries to explain and spread this message to the world that two communities only come together when racism die and until we understand each other's communities properly and try to increase the peace."

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