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GCSE: Prejudice and Discrimination

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  1. Jews as God's Chosen People

    Thirdly there is the favour; the Old Testament covenants place their recipients in a favoured position. There is no overwhelming reason why they have been chosen. Fourthly, there is the responsibility; the recipients of covenant have a particular responsibility because of their special call. Fifthly, there is the intimacy with God; the covenant relationship enables the recipient to enter a special relationship with God. Lastly the point of setting apart; an example of this is when Samuel shows anger in 1 Samuel 8 in rejecting how special their race is by wanting to be similar to other nations.

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  2. Christian marriage and the ceremony

    Pope John Paul 11 has preached in his homily in the UK (31.05.82) about marriage teaching that "marriage is a loving way to answer God's call". Marriage is a vocation. Through marriage a family is created that can "reach out to those in the community who are poor, lonely or even out casts". Through marriage children are created and the family "be bridges between different generations so that love and respect still remains". The Pope recognised that sometimes marriage could be difficult but couples must work hard at them and not separate or divorce, " we must not forget that God's love for his people is everlasting and cannot be broken".

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  3. Christian Vocation

    'It belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs.' (Bishops of the Second Vatican Council) All Catholics share the same task because of their baptism, 'they should there neighbour and love God', and the laity on the other hand is responsible for many tasks. The main tasks for the lay people in church is to join in the celebration of the sacraments, especially the celebration of the Eucharist, they may also read as Eucharistic ministers.

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  4. Crooks is a Negro stable buck

    This clearly shows that he was treated with inequality by the other men. Due to the colour of his skin Crooks was enforced to live on his own alongside the animals. The fact that he had "his bunk in the harness room" suggests that his living conditions were not of the best quality as Crooks was a victim of racism, reinforcing once again Crooks' inferior status. Furthermore, Crooks' possessions reveal significant information about his character as the "mauled copy of the California Civil Code for 1905" emphasises his loneliness and his awareness of his rights even though he doesn't have many of them.

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  5. What was the nature of extremt nationalism in the late nineteenth century

    People were trying to wipe out the weak people and races in order to create an intelligent world. This terrible theory was largely associated with Racism, and Theodor Fritsch believed in linking the two together, when he said "Thou shall keep they blood pure. Consider it a crime to soil the noble Aryan breed of thy people by mingling it with the Jewish breed." Fritsch was clearly a typical late nineteenth century racist, whose hatred of the Jews went as far as keeping them separate from his own German race.

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  6. Describe Christian teachings about how believers should treat people less fortunate than themselves. In today's world there is one major division. This is

    Today people are much more aware of the problems of poverty and for the poor. It is displayed all over the place. TV, internet, radio and newspapers. It is also much easier for people to help with organisations such as Oxfam, Christian aid, Cafod, Tearfund, Red Cross and Tradecraft doing most of the hard work. What the developed world must understand is that the people of the developing countries have not chosen to be in this situation. It is all beyond their control and they are relying on the generosity of people in developed countries for that chance of life.

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  7. In "Bend it Like Beckham," Jesminder Bhamra (who goes by "Jess" and is played by Parminder K. Nagra), a girl of Indian origin who has grown up in London. Unlike her sister, who is

    The main idea of the film is about Jess' obsession with playing football and that it is hampered by her families' equally obsessive attempts to prevent her from straying from her cultural roots. Jesminder Bhamra is still stuck between Barbie dolls and handsome men. Jess is represented as young Asian British indoors but as she steps out to the "real world" she changes into a British Asian. In the film Jess is shown as an immature child who slowly transforms; she grasps maturity and evolves into a new 'sexual' woman.

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  8. In "The Lemon Orchard," La Guma uses a number of techniques to convey his concerns for prejudice and discrimination against blacks. While he does not directly tell the reader to condemn racism

    Therefore La Guma is making a passionate plea beseeching people to stop the proliferation of racism. However the story ends with Nature anticipating the violence that will happen. For instance the trees have "angled braches", "tips and edges" which "gleam with the quivering shine of scattered quicksilver". These phrases suggest and conjure up images of shiny, metallic weapons associated with death and violence. In addition, the moon comes out "from behind the bands of cloud", and it "clung for a while to the leaves".

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  9. "Pilgrimages are a waste of time - it would be better to spend this time and money helping others" Do you agree? Pilgrimage is a journey to a distant place of worship or a holy place. It is

    This costs a lot of money and takes up much time in a person's life. Some people think that pilgrimages are a waste of time and other think they are an emotional time in a person's life where they can reflect on everything that's happened to them. Some people would agree with this statement and think that the money and time could be spent on helping the poor or homeless. The people who go on pilgrimage spend money on going to a place for the satisfaction of being at one with their God and helping the sick and less fortunate.

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  10. Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939?

    This was propaganda; it played a huge roll in the way people thought about Jews. They were portrayed as fat lazy, sly, un-patriotic, stingy Germans. Book, posters, radio adverts, films and schools all presented Jews like this and many people started to think like this. Propaganda was a key strategy for the Nazis to win over the minds of German people. The April boycott took place in 1933 and signified the starting of open discrimination towards Jews. SS guards were placed outside shops and were also told to patrol the streets. They prevented anyone entering Jewish shops and were allowed to arrest anyone.

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  11. Family Now and Ideal Family

    These people are the one betraying their family, having fights in the house, and being selfish of one another. But at the end they will know that the only people they can really trust is their loved ones. It is really true that blood is thicker than water. Though, it sometimes takes a while to heal wounded hearts of this type family, still they turn to each other for that comfort. As for me, I am very happy and contented with the family I have in spite of different trials of life.

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  12. Women and Man are Equal in Gods Eyes

    Moody, the founder of Moody Bible Institute was dead and so, therefore, we are unaware of his thoughts on the matter. Hassey does state that, "Although Moody bible Institute leaders may not have always explicitly encouraged women to preach, pastor, or seek ordination, their implicit endorsement of women in those roles for over forty years cannot be denied"4 It could be assumed based on the leaders to follow that this practice possibly was never encouraged. In 1889 a pastor A.J.

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  13. Holy Communion

    So when we take the body and blood into ourselves, we have God inside us. Therefore, we will be made closer to God. In mass, as Catholics, we should remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. In the catholic church, mass is celebrated once a week, normally on a Sunday. As a result of the communion, we regenerate our lives, renew our spiritual strength, and become more enhanced. The Eucharist helps us to be better Christians and deny any evil in our world. By celebrating the resurrection, (mass)

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  14. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - Maya Angelou Autobiography

    In Stamps, she becomes aware of the horrors of racism and eventually it led her to the point of hating herself for not being white...not being perfect. However, she learns from her grandmother to be strong and maintain her dignity against the daily attacks of racism and prejudice. When she is eight, Maya and her brother move to St. Louis to live with their beloved mother. The different environment and people around her makes her feel like in an unknown world.

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  15. Examine the rituals and teachings which are associated with circumcision and Bar Mitzvah(20 marks) Two very important rites of passage within Judaism are circumcision and Bar Mitzvah

    The baby is placed on a cushion on the sandek's lap whilst the mohel performs the circumcision, because the sandek's lap is considered equivalent to the altar of the Temple itself and a Cabbalistic tradition says that the sandek is spiritually linked to the child. Prayers are recited throughout the ceremony, and a special blessing is said over wine afterwards, and the baby is given his Hebrew name, to keep in tradition with God changing Abraham's name from Avram during his circumcision.

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  16. This essay is an attempt to illustrate and analyze whether Elizabeth Cady Stanton's arguments are compatible with Christian principles.

    The Women's Bible analyzes both creation stories in the Book of Genesis. In the first creation story, God creates man and women in his own image. Most Christians believe in the Trinity; God is three persons in one - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Stanton replaces the Orthodox idea of the Christian Trinity with a new Trinity - Father, Mother and Son. After acknowledging that until mankind conceptualizes the Godhead (Elohim) in terms of male and female, females will be considered inferior to men forever. She emphasizes the inherent equality of male and female be highlighting her representation of the female nature of God, the simultaneous creation of man and woman as well as the consent for all of humankind to take dominion over the world.

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  17. East is East

    I am happy to see this trend become more common because of the psychological distress of arranged marriages is very great. Domestic violence is also a factor in the play that the playwrights were trying to raise awareness of. There are many scenes in which George is physically abusing his family, most often in front of other members of the family and I believe this is one of the hardest hitting aspect of all the views expressed. It made me understand the terror found by the relatives of the 'monsters' who choose to use their fists in a gust of

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  18. Gay people should be allowed to get married. Just because somebody's gay doesn't mean he shouldn't suffer like the rest of us. -- Jeff Shaw

    . I feel queer". Homosexuality shouldn't be used as a means to deny people rights for doing so is just as ridiculous as denying someone a job because they are black. However the issue is just as serous as racism and people need to start taking notice and action. What does freedom mean to you? Some people think that freedom is to saying or doing anything you want with out any repercussions. Ok, that's true to a certain degree .

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  19. Running Away

    Now, all there was left to do was to wait for the morning to come. He lay his head down on the pillow and waited for sleep to envelop him. He rose early the next morning. This was it...no turning back. He went to a mirror that hung over his nightstand and carefully looked at himself. He barely recognised the person staring back at him. What he saw was a face with red rimmed, hollow, sunken eyes, and skin so pale an albino cat would have shone like a bright luminescent light stood next to him.

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  20. What biblical teachings may have been used in a discussion about racism?

    People for different countries tend to be prejudice against each other because maybe they have a different skin colour or a different religion. For example Jews and Gentiles. Men and women are also sexist against each other constantly and it is always said that men are better than women. Despite the fact that our bodies may look different on the inside, we are all the same on the inside; we are all born with the same chances and opportunities to do our best.

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  21. Religion, Poverty and Wealth

    It tells the tale of a man who is robbed and left for dead. A Priest notices him as he is walking by, but crosses to the other side of the road. Then a Levite did the same. Finally a Samaritan saw him and took pity on him. The Samaritan bandaged up the man's wounds, put him on his donkey and took him to an Inn to take care of him. The next day the Samaritan left, but before doing so, he paid the innkeeper to care for the man. Jesus taught that the Samaritan was the best neighbour.

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  22. This is mainly said at the end of the Mass and the Priest is saying go spread the word of the Lord so that Mass can go on through to the next Sabbath day and mainly by Roman Catholics

    the Lord and what you have learnt in the mass that day When the people come into Church they make the sign of the cross with Holy Water that reminds them of the promises that were made when they were baptised. We then begin with an opening song that uplifts the congregation and tells them that prayers have begun and you should respect the place were you are and that God is with us. The priest then begins his part that called 'The Gathering Rite' that consists of an opening song and procession, greeting, penitential rite, Gloria and the opening prayer.

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  23. As mere humans, we tend to forget things said as time goes by. Our own ability to keep promises that we make can weaken over time. This is not so with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    This promise is stated in more detail in Gen 15:18, "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates..." 2 Kings 4:21 shows that this land promise was fulfilled in the days of King Solomon, "Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life."

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  24. Spiritual Warfare: Battle of the Worlds

    The two main components of spiritual warfare involve two kingdoms. Both with power, yet one spawned from another due to pride, arrogance and rebellion. Satan was an angel in heaven. He began to get a little haughty and wanted to gain honor and clout where none were deserved. Long story short, he was kicked out of heaven and sent out. He and those following him would develop their own kingdom which would oppose the Kingdom of God. Satan and his followers want revenge.

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