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HAVING THE SAME RELIGION AS THE KKK SHOULD INSULT YOUR SOUL

HAVING THE SAME RELIGION AS THE KKK SHOULD INSULT YOUR SOUL

A recent analysis of religious attitudes by researchers at Duke, USC, and Augsburg College reaches the conclusion that religious people tend to be more racist -- and the more religious you are, the more racist you tend to be. It may come as no surprise that some Christians may not practice what they preach, but what is noteworthy about the study is that it draws a causal link between the structure of religious organizations and racism.

Racist attitudes may emerge when "others" appear to be in competition for resources and then out with God in with racism. This is not the case with those who are "spiritual" and do not embrace the mistreatment of people in the Bible by showing favor to one religion in particular, and are not prone to racist beliefs. World religions proclaim universal brotherly love.Yet, its history is littered with moments in which religion has provided a justication for, or has given cause to, all kinds of atrocities directed towards people of different race or culture: the Crusades, slavery, the Holocaust, Jim Crow, etc. From this a considerable number of historians and theologians concluded religion should contrarily be considered as a catalyst for anti-Semitism, racism, etc.

One can only give a meaningful interpretation to the relation between religion and racism when one starts to include non-religious factors instead of religion itself. Whereas the conclusion of the American research seems to be that religion in general may stimulate racism (for all except a small minority. It all has to do with tradition, where Blacks are considered slaves, Jews are considered cons and Jesus was developed as a white.