Religious prejudice Revision cards

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Sexism-Prejudice and discrimination based on a person's gender

Ageism-Prejudice against someone due to age, leading to discrimination

Scapegoating-Blaming certain groups for problems in society

Prejudice-Unfairly judging someone before the facts are known

Tolerance-Respecting the beliefs and practices of others

Freedom of Choice-Being able to choose to do whatever you want

Discrimination-To act against someone based on religion or beliefs

Positive Discrimination-Treating people more favourably because they have been discriminated against before

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More definitions

Equality-People should be treated fairly

Stereotyping-Having a oversimplified mental image of people and applying it to a group

Racism-Prejudice against ethnic groups or nationalities

Religious prejudice-Prejudice based on religion or beliefs

Justice-Bringing about what is right,fair,according to the law or making up for what has been done wrong

Harmony-living in peace with others

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Causes of prejudice

  • School
    • Teaches you things that might not be true
  • Lack of knowledge
    • Could make you scared
  • Media
    • Creates a negative image on a group of people
    • Islamophobia
  • Past experiences
    • If a religious person bullied you, you might feel hatred
  • Peer pressure
    • Others can force you too think things that you don't want to
  • Been brought up with it
    • Gives you a mindset
  • Extremists (religious prejudice)
  • Mis interpretation
  • Scapegoating
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Examples of positive discrimination

  • Giving up your seat for someone less able
  • Allowing disabled people to skip queues
  • Taking people's disabilities into account at university entry

The effects of people prejudiced:

  • Low self esteem
  • People get hurt
  • Makes people feel worthless
  • Can cause death (eg, Nazi, 9/11, etc.)
  • Can cause people to be prejudice to others
  • Can cause division
  • Can change people's attitudes
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Martin Luther King + Ghandi

Martin Luther King

  • Tried to reduce prejudice and discrimination against black people
  • He wanted blacks and white to be equal
  • He tried to fight racism without violence
  • He organised a bus boycott - Success (made law change about the bus segregation)
  • He became a civil rights movement leader


The boycott worked and he refrained from using any violence


  • Organised a campaign to boycott british products
  • Peaceful
  • Tried to stop caste system (the poor people weren't aloud to communicate with others)
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How to reduce prejudice and discrimination:

  • Stick together
  • Peaceful protests
  • Punishments for people who discriminate
  • Try to include everyone
  • Communicate
  • Encourage others
  • Organise campaigns
  • Motivate people
  • Work with people
  • Respect other people and their beliefs
  • Understand someone else's point of view
  • Try to bring people together
  • Educate children
  • Donate to charities (money or time)
  • Be open minded
  • Stop gossiping
  • Inspire others
  • See the good in everyone
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Corryneela community + Laws

  • Ray Davi
  • Set up for hope and union
  • Generates fresh starts for people
  • Built the Davy Village so people can become united
  • Its about reconciliation and healing relationships between catholics and protestants
  • Try to give everyone civic responsibility

The Equality act of 2010

It requires equal treatment in access to employment, private and public services (schools, hospitals, police, renting a house, cinemas, public transport). This covers age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, race, religion and beliefs.

Racial and Religious Hatred Act (2007)

Its illegal to stir up hatred against people on religious grounds (or lack of religious beliefs)

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Religious teachings


  • 1) 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, Slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus' - Galatians 3:28
  • 2) 'Love your neighbour as you love yourself' - Luke 10
  • 3) 'Your husband will rule over you' - Genesis 3:17
  • 4) 'I do no allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet'
  • 5) 'Honor your father and your mother' - 5th Commandment
  • 6) 'Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit'
  • 7) 'I will make a helper suitable for him' - Genesis 2:18


  • 1) 'Of His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the eath, and the diversity of your tongues and colours.' - Surah 30:22
  • 2) 'Your lord has commanded that you worship none but him, and be kind to your parents'
  • 3) 'Let there be no compulsion in religion'
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Does religion encourage sexism? + = yes/- = no

  • + Women were seperated from men in the synagogue
  • + Jews thanked God that they were not a woman
  • + Rabbis did not teach women
  • + Men did not acknowledge women in public
  • + Women regarded as second class citizens
  • + Women are unable to be bishops
  • + Christian teachings (genesis 2:18, 3:17)
  • - Jesus healed women and men
  • - Jesus forgave women and men
  • - Men and women, were equally valuable to Jesus
  • - Jesus taught women
  • - Women are allowed to be vicars
  • - God is referred to in female times at least 3 times in the bible
  • - Queen Esther saved the Jews
    • Religion doesnt, society does
    • Different roles in the bible, but all were equally useful
    • Men were disciples but if they were women, they would not have been listened to
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Why are some religious people racist?

Misinterprate teachings or the religious book

  • They dont see it as racism
  • They believe that the white race is in danger of extinction - KKK 
    • Christian extremists
    • Believe white people are superior
  • They believe what they're doing is right

How should people treat the disabled and those who look different?

  • Give short breaks
  • Big print for visually impaired
  • Lower desk for wheelchair users
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Religious Discrimination:

  • Arif prays 5 times a day
  • 2 of these occur during work hours
  • Arif wants breaks so he can pray
  • He was told 'we pay you to work, not to pray. Leave religious observances for your own time'
  • Arif's request would not be costly, unsafe or negatively impact anyone
  • People have religious prejudice from this because they think it is complicated employing religious people
  • 58% of Britons associate Islam with extremism
  • 55% would feel concerned is a mosque was built in their area


  • In 2007, Sophie Lancaster was killed for the way she looked
  • She was a goth
  • A gang did not like this, so it led to her death
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Examples (2)

  • In 2010, a gay couple sued a B&B owner
  • The owner did not let the couple stay
  • It was because of her religious beliefs
  • Her defence was that they were not married or in a civil partnership so she was infact not discriminating against them


  • The BBC have been accused of ageism
  • 30 female employees are preparing to sue
  • They claim that they are victims of ageism and sexisk
  • One of them - Miss O'Reilly - was awarded a 6 digit sum because she was dropped from countryfile due to age
  • One in 5 men and women aged 40-60 believe that being over 40 has hurt them professionally
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Examples (3)

  • Than those over 55 slmost twice as likely (32%) than those 40-54 (18%) to admit that it has damaged their chances of getting a new job

Exclusivism - A particular religion is in sole possession of the truth and means of salvation

Inclusivism - One religion is best but salvation is possible in other religions

Pluralism - All religions possess validity and truth in their own right

Religious teaching 2 (christian) = Pluralism

Religious teaching 6 (christian) = Inclusivism

Relgious teaching 3 (muslim) = Pluralism

During the crusades force was used to convert Jews & Muslims to christianity = Exclusivism

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Is ageism is the worst thing a person can suffer?


  • Invevitable
    • Will always effect you, cant get away or avoid it
  • eg, media mainly portrays the bad side of people
  • Strong - sometimes media portrays good side but hardly any of the time


  • Suffer from something worse eg. sexism
    • In society women are looked at as objects, the media is saturated by images of naked women eg. pg 3 in the sun
      • Weak - As men can be judged by media too
    • Galatians - 'there is neither...'
      • Everyone is equal, including male and female
      • To have this teaching must mean that sexism is a problem
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