Discrimination and Religious Beliefs

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Discrimination Worksheet

Write a 100- to 200-word response to each of the following questions. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

• What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping?

Discrimination-Pg.61, (Schaefer, 2012). - The denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons.

Discrimination is the actual results or impact because of discard to one’s rights. Also includes pre-conceived judgment or opinions without out sufficient grounds of knowledge. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) M-W.com.

Discrimination is different than being prejudice or stereotyping because it is the actual result or outcome of prejudice or stereotyping. Being prejudice or stereotyping is based on opinion, religious beliefs, cultures or personal observation about a person or group which is a direct result of discrimination.

When a person is “prejudice’ or “stereotype” they automatically have assumed an “image” about a person without sufficient evidence directly related to that person. Have formed an opinion because of their own personal issues, beliefs, traditions, culture, or even the knowledge obtain within their family communication or others they are directly associated with such as groups, and peer related.

• What are the causes of discrimination?

I personally believe that the majority of discrimination is because of the lack of education. Simply not knowing and having proper reason to “not” discriminate because we have not been educated about it. I also believe that fear plays a major role in the cause of discrimination. Whether it is a person or a group of people anytime there is someone or something “new”, we as a society or an individual generally become afraid of the change, good or bad. The fear itself may cause direct issues and the results are generally discriminatory.

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