Discrimination In Religion

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Another class strongly affected by religion is science. Since the time evolutionist was founded, the battle between it and creationism has been ongoing. Creationism is the belief that the universe originated from divine creation rather than evolution. Prior to the introduction of evolution in 1858 by Charles Darwin, creationism was taught in science class in schools for the explanation of the beginning of our universe. In 1925, there was a widely popular trial that occurred in Tennessee over the teaching of evolution by 24-year-old teacher John Scopes (Scopes Trial). Scopes was defying a law passed by the test against teaching evolution, and his trial was made to be a kind of example. In this time period, the idea of evolution was still relatively …show more content…
In elections, candidates can often gain or lose voters because of their religious affiliation. An example of when religious discrimination negatively affected a candidate can be found in the 2012 presidential elections. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has suffered from the reproach associated with Mormonism; one in four voters will not vote for a Mormon president (Gonzalez). This kind of discrimination happens often. People will often vote for people that share the same religious beliefs as them, without putting enough effort into learning what the values of the candidates actually are, which could differ from their own. The 2012 election showed religious affiliation benefitting a candidate as well. The pre-Vatican II Catholic former candidate, Rick Santorum, rose largely on the support of evangelicals (Gerson). Although he gained many votes because of his religion, he was not a final candidate and did not win the election. The role of religion also causes discrimination against the nonreligious in politics. This discrimination leads to minimal representation of these people in government. A nonbeliever stated, “There aren 't a lot of us, but something like one out of six Americans calls himself a …show more content…
It causes discrimination towards numerous groups of people. It causes discrimination over social issues like gay marriage and abortion, educational issues like science or sexual education, health related issues like faith healing and physician-assisted suicide, and even discrimination directly in government, directed towards candidates and politicians alike. Religion in government does more help than harm. Although the first amendment separates church and states, religion plays a large role in politics that can lead to

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