"We gaze up at the same stars, the sky covers us all, the same universe encompasses us. What does it matter what practical system we adopt in our search for the truth? Not by one avenue only can we arrive at so tremendous a secret." Symmachus 384 CE
There is no excuse for religious discrimination. Every religion is unique and special, and as the great Symmachus also believes, it really doesn’t make a difference in our person what religion we practice, segregating us from others. Religion is the tie that holds us together, therefore, does not make us different. If we were to discriminate against everything we thought was different, we would be discriminating against simple ideas, such as women in the work place, men as nurses, one sock at a time, or pets indoors. But these are just minor alterations of our daily lives. Why should religion be any different?
I am aware that it is a major part of most people’s lives, but that is still no reason to treat one differently for being a different denomination, sector, or even a complete different religion. To understand my point better, one might first want to better understand what discrimination actually is. By an objective, dictionary definition, it is unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender. (Webster‘s New World Dictionary, Revised and Updated) See, there in the definition, proves my point. Religious discrimination is unfair. (By the definition being objective instead of subjective, it is less prone to arguments about whether it is right or not.)
Try to imagine what it might feel like if someone called the religion one practiced "wrong" or "bad." Imagine how they would feel. Since religion is the purpose in most of our lives, and what keeps us pushing forward instead of looking behind, it would most likely crush his or her dreams. Religion is our purpose, and by this I mean it is what we do to achieve a higher place, a "dreamland."...