Examine religious ideas about racism and disability?
Christian views of racism and disability
The bible is clear that it is wrong for a person to treat another race as inferior. As every human was made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27). God made all people in his image, so no-one should be discriminated against. The Jews were God’s chosen people, yet the Old Testament makes clear that they must not take advantage of foreigners. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” St Paul in Galatians 3:28.
St Paul tells the early churches that all prejudice is wrong because Christ has drawn all people together. The Church should see ...view middle of the document...
Stop sinning or something worse will happen to you" (Jn. 5:14). This clearly indicates that Jesus thought there was a connection between the man's disability and some sin.
Hindu views on racism and disability
The inherent racism of historic Hinduism is blatant. You were judged by the colour of your skin, not the content of your character, skills or talents. The darker your skin, the lower your caste and rank in Hindu society. The whiter your skin, the higher your caste and rank. The Brahmins prided themselves on their white skin while despising the darker skinned untouchables who were often viewed and treated as sub-humans.
The mechanism of the caste system is tied to the Hindu theory of soul-transmigration in which your rebirth determines your caste. Your rebirth was predetermined by your karma. Your karma was in turn was determined by how you lived in your past life. For example, if you were born with a dark skin to untouchable parents, your life of misery and poverty is your punishment for being evil in your previous life.
In some villages, people with disabilities are shunned, abused, or abandoned at birth, since parents are ashamed of their disabled child, this is due to the religious beliefs that attribute the...