Social justice and injustice

Explaining Ethics 2 of OCR Full course RS

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Social Injustice
Social injustice - Where people may be denied these rights as a consequence
of poverty or discrimination
Social justice - The belief that people should be treated fairly and with respect
in a society.
Humanists-agree with moral teachings of Jesus but don't believe in Jesus.
Declaration of human rights 1948:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person
Everyone has a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
These rights should belong to everyone regardless of race, gender, colour, orientation...etc
because they are a member of the human race. In return people must respect the rights,
freedoms and needs of others. ALL Christians support this declaration.
Examples of social injustice:
1. Political oppression-when people don't get a say in how their country should be run.
2. Violence-a sign of unstable or anarchic political systems or oppressive regimes as a
form of social injustice.
3. Economic poverty (absolute poverty)- not being able to eat...
E.g. Slavery, holocaust, poverty in an extremely rich country/world, apartheid
Christian response to abuse of human rights
Christians believe that all people should have human rights because they were all created by
God in his image (Imago dei) and deserve to be loved.
Christians should care for the poor and weak and speak out against injustice and ACT rather
than just thinking about it. James 2-"Faith without actions is dead"
Individual Christians should:
Treat people fairly
Volunteer or work for charities
Donate money to charities (amnesty international, MENCAP..)
Go on protest action
Vote or political parties that fight social injustice

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Local churches should:
have equality,
take responsibility for each other,
not allow discrimination,
safeguard each other's human rights,
defend the poor and weak,
Work hard so that people can live free.
Biblical teachings on injustice
Christians believe everyone should be treated equally...
"There is neither Jew nor Greek...…read more

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Che Guevara- Argentinean doctor who, after seeing the exploitation of the poor in South
America, became a revolutionary and helped to overthrow corrupt regimes.
Oscar Romero- Developed Liberation Theology- The whole point of Christianity is to
achieve Social justice and wipe out injustice, he was killed by a death squad.…read more


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