Two words in the English language that are always accompanied with feelings of dread are stereotype
and prejudice, and for good reason. Just over ten years ago, an unfortunate man by the name of Amadou Diallo,
fell prey to what many think were some trigger happy New York cops. Maybe it would have been different if the
scenario took place during the day, or if Diallo had been white, or if the cops hadn’t been so ready to pull the
trigger. Whatever the case, an innocent man was shot at forty one times for a crime he did not commit.
Unfortunately for Diallo, the police were relatively accurate and nineteen of those forty one bullets connected
with his body (Correl et al, 1314). Were the police acting on a stereotype? Were they being prejudice? The judge
that acquitted the police officers certainly thought that they were innocent of any wrongdoing. This form of ethnic
prejudice is not uncommon in the world today, but neither is religious prejudice.
While there are immeasurable
victims of ethnic prejudice, like Diallo, there are numerous victims of religious prejudice. It may seem that these
two types of prejudice are completely different from each other; one has to do with skin color, while the other
determines your faith, but in reality they are very similar. In both cases, whether it is a person of a certain
ethnicity or a person of a specific denomination, they are discriminated against by those who have the capability
to be prejudice. While prejudice can be interpreted in many different ways, in this case it is the discourse and
possible discrimination between two different groups of people (Hunsberger, 808). It is this discrimination that
causes the deaths of innocent victims like Timothy Thomas (Correl et al 1328). The reasons for the existence of
these prejudices cannot be finitely explained, but as in most cases, the experts certainly have their opinions.
is interesting to research and understand why exactly prejudice is associated with religion, why people of certain
religious groups are prejudiced against others, and how the victims are affected by the discriminatory and
prejudice people of the world.
In order to understand the relationship between religions and prejudice one must first comprehend the
different types of religious peoples. One might think that religious people are only separated by denomination,
but this is far from the truth. There are groups that can also be described as extrinsic, intrinsic, quest, and
fundamentalist (Hunsberger 809). Extrinsic religiosity is essentially being more immature about the faith that is
practiced. While this seems like a general statement, a religious person who is extrinsic is not necessarily the
most tolerant of others who have different religious views. They tend to think that their faith should be more
prevalent and accepted by all. Given these views they have a habit of being prejudiced against those who do not
necessarily share the same views (Hunsberger 809). Someone who is a part of the group who takes part in