‘Religion can be a uniting, driving and compassionate force between people of all races paradoxically it can also become a dividing, isolating and discriminating influence upon humanity. ‘ Discuss. In our society religion brings people together and is a powerful and caring influence among many races, although at times it separates one religion from another through discrimination and segregation upon each other.
Religion should be a positive action throughout all cultures, perceived as uniting, motivating and compassionate, yet it can’t be as religion is divided into two ides, the negative side overpowering the positive side, through discrimination, inequality and generalization. Religion has mostly a negative influence towards our society due to the fact that something major negative needs to occur for something positive to happen. This is evident in the way in which African Americans obtained their civil rights.
Also, if a negative event occurs that is driven by a particular religion it reflects badly upon the people associated with that religious community, for example Muslims and their terrorist acts. In our religious society religion is both negatively and positively influential towards many races. In 1939, the ‘British Schneider’, also known as Sir Nicholas Winston engineered the escape of 669 children out of Nazi occupied lands, Czechoslovakia. This is a great example of a negative event that resulted in something positive.
This negative act resulted one person, being Sir Nicholas Winston, stepping up and going out of his way to save the lives on many and making a positive contribution during this negative time. He once said “l came to believe through my life that what is important is that we vive by the common ethics of all religions – kindness, decency, love, respect and honor for others – and not worry about the aspects within religion that divide us. ” This is what religion should be like, but with all this negativity it makes it difficult for all religions to be positive.
The Civil Rights Movement in America was another incident of the same nature in which a positive outcome was achieved despite a negative beginning for the campaign. This movement started out as a very negative influence towards their society, where many African Americans were not rated fairly due to the differences in their skin color. Their race suffered discrimination and isolation from the whites. They were enslaved, bashed, injured, sexually abused and killed all because they looked different.
Martin Luther King Jar. Being the ambassador of the Civil Right Movement, managed to turn this negative energy into positive energy through many motivational speeches and preaching that drove the community into fighting for fairness. This brought hundreds of thousands of people together who had the same “dream” of being treated the same as everyone else. A major turning point in this fight for justice was when hundreds of thousands of people, on the 28th of August in 1963, walked from the Washington Monument in D.
C to the Lincoln on Memorial in a silent protest for rights. In 1965 Martin Luther King instigated a voting rights act, which was a bill that guaranteed voting rights of all African Americans. Martin Luther King was sadly executed in 1968 on April 4th, which made the African Americans fight even more for equality. This is a clear indication that many things in religion can start out as being negatively influenced but then something major occurs and this changes the influence into positive.
There are many aspects of religion, which have a positive or negative influence towards their follows. The African American and War of the Nazis are perfect examples of events that have occurred in time that have first had a negative effect on society but have been changed into a positive influence towards many. But some aspects of religions they can only have negative impacts on the follows and their community, this being evident in the way in which some Muslims extremists carry-out their beliefs and how this reflects negatively upon Islamic religion.
These examples are some of many that support my belief of the reason why religion is known as something that is perceived as a more of a negative influence towards a society than a positive influence.