Religion and Prejudice Revision Notes

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Religion and Prejudice ­ Revision Notes
Prejudice: means to pre-judge someone or something, usually without any real evidence to base
that judgement on (In most cases it is negative). We use the word to describe a person's dislike of
certain other people, when they have no good reason.]
Discrimination: is when we put these prejudiced ideas into action. We treat people differently or
say things because they are not the same as us or what we know ­ we make it known to them of our
Positive discrimination: treating people more favourably because they have been discriminated
against in the past
Types of prejudice:
Age This is discrimination against someone because of their age. It can apply to
anyone but not when the law sets the age.
Gender This is the type of prejudice because of someone's gender. Mostly it
involves females. Old attitudes that consider men as superior to women
still persist.
Race This is the belief that the colour of a persons skin determines their ability.
Racists believe that people of some races are inferior to others. It is
illegal, yet this attitude of superiority still exists in the world today.
Looks and lifestyle The way people live reflects their values and attitudes. Great attention is
often paid to a celebrity's looks, clothes, body and fashion sense. People
who do not conform to these images can often experience prejudice.
Sexuality This is prejudice against people who are attracted to those of the same
gender as themselves.
Disabilty This is prejudice towards someone because they have either a physical or
mental disability
Religion This is prejudice towards someone because of their religious beliefs,
usually because they contradict their own
Scapegoating: blaming certain groups in society. Fear and uncertainty about the future can
encourage scapegoating
Stereotyping: having an over-simplified mental image of people and applying it to everyone in the
Reasons for prejudice:
Media ­ portray groups in a bad light because of bias.
Fear ­ people feel threatened
Going with the crowd
Bad experience
Tolerance - The acceptance of all persons and valuing their contributions to life and society.

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Justice - All persons have the same value and worth, and equal human rights to live and work freely.
They should be treated fairly and according to the law.
Harmony- Essentially, living at peace with others. It requires people to act justly and have tolerance
and understanding of others.
Christian Teachings
Galatians 3:26-29
Everyone is equal to each other, despite our appearances or wealth as we were all created by God.
Matthew 7:12
Treat others how you yourself would like to be treated.…read more

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Dhammapada 393-4
The only thing which leads to becoming a Brahmana (being Buddha like) is truth and righteousness ­
appearance, wealth, class etc. do not mean anything.
World Fellowship of Buddhists 1984
Nationalism and racism are forms of greed and hatred which result from ignorance. Buddhism wants
the unity of all races on earth.
The Buddha's previous lives, outline of Bodhisattva's progress - equality
Once a soul reaches enlightenment, all become equal and all differences cease to exist.…read more


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