Religious Intolerance Essay

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What seems to plague humankind the most in recent years is religious intolerance. Between the extremists in the Middle East and the hostile interactions in the United States there seems to be very little acceptance of differing religious beliefs. Muslims and Christians alike find themselves assaulted physically and mentally on their own religions by the sacerdotal majority in the region. Religious intolerance is shown through the ignorance of hateful citizens, the media, and extremist beliefs. This fear mongering in the media and the intolerant religious beliefs that are taught in Christianity and Islam create a horrible divide between the differing theological viewpoints. The organization Forming Acceptance and Integration Throughout Humanity …show more content…
As an example, outlier communities were unable to learn the actual motives for the American invasion of Iraq. Since law based on religion is so prevalent in the Middle East, religious leaders in the outlier communities concluded that America has an ideology and politics based on faith as well. They stated that American laws are based on Christianity, which warps our decision making and foreign policy. “The view that America 's "violence towards Muslims" is the consequence of a ṣaḥwa masīḥiyya, a Christian revival . . . Bush and his team were crusaders, servants of Israel, and madcap harbingers of the violent Second Coming of Christ” (Winter 395). Although the actions from the United States in the invasion of Iraq were not based on religious reasons, the fear mongering and censorship of the media in the Middle East led alternate conclusions to be formed. These conclusions lead to the hatred of western culture that seems to be prevalent in Arab countries. Hatred flourishes with the ignorance created through misinformation and false …show more content…
This fosters a strong and ignorant belief system based on the notion of other groups going to die without reason or with the wrong faith. It is difficult for people to change the ways they are taught by a group from a young child, as children are susceptible to believe what they are told and to disregard confirmation. In "Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts", Author David Brook states, “Rather, religion fosters groupishness, and the downside of groupishness is conflict with people outside the group. Religion can lead to thick moral communities . . . a mentality that divides the world between those who are unimpeachably good and those who are irredeemably bad”. The “groupishness” that is formed with religion helps the people within it, but it entirely excludes the possibility for major differences between religions to be accepted and overcome to help in an interfaith community. The FAITH organization will strive to conquer that barrier to allow Christian and Islamic communities to work together with a common goal. Through this the entire community, religious or not, can witness the countless possibilities that develop when diverse groups of people work together. This sort of volunteer work will strengthen ties between Christian and Islamic leaders in America and the communities that benefit from the social development

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