"Discrimination of Other Religions"

Topics: Religion, Human, Truth Pages: 2 (539 words) Published: December 10, 2003
The word religion in the Webster College Dictionary is defined as "a system of faith in and worship of a deity." The faith and the deity is not specified or chosen. We as human beings have many different thoughts and beliefs about religion and what is "right" and "wrong." But in reality, we don't actually know what is true. Nothing in religion is fact. It's all based on belief and human thought. So, why do we discriminate against people with other religions?

The U.S is probably the most religiously diverse country in the world, but diversity is a fact of life. And it only means that different religions coexist around each other, not that they accept one another. (Robinson, B.A)

Louai Jalabi, a Muslim living in a mostly Christian state knows all about religion discrimination. He has tried to help non-Muslims gain a better understanding of the Muslim religion and the beliefs, in order to help eliminate or decrease religious discrimination. He has encountered many anti-Muslim sentiment. People have cussed at his family, and even shot at his apartment on several occasions. He says, "They just didn't like the way we looked." (Smith, Melissa)

Isn't it natural that people have their own beliefs and opinions? That is life after all, isn't it? Thinking, and believing, even being different. It's all part of life, being who you are. So, who are we, if our families are being cussed at and our homes shot at because others don't approve of our religion? Will we ever be able to live safely in a world so diverse, yet so hateful?

Eric Reitan, Oklahoma State University professor said "religious ideologies are often the source of discrimination. Many people learn to discriminate against other religions by growing up with the belief that the only answer to religion is through their own perceptions. When a community explicitly teaches its members to discriminate, they teach that the members of the other religion are not only mistaken but that they're dangerous. They...
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