Taryn Corbridge 4
Hour Debate Original Oratory
Imagine a newspaper with a picture on the front page of a few US troops at a Christianchurch. Do you see anything wrong with this? What if instead of worshiping our basic Christiangod, they were worshiping Pagan gods? This very thing happened in June of 1999. As publishedin the Washington Post, every night a few dozen off-duty soldiers would hold a Wicca ceremonyaround a small fire. A photo was taken and published in the local newspaper and the society wasoutraged. Why is it that our the society we live in is supportive of major religions such asChristianity, but so close minded to minorities and Pagan religions? These men and women werein the army, offering their services to our country, yet within days of this article being published,they had several groups threatening to stage a march through their camp to disrupt their supposed
. Religious prejudice is a problem that has plagued our world for many years, andwill continue to do so if we don
t do anything to stop it.
What are the devastating effects of this certain intolerance? Why do we do this toourselves? What simple things can each one of us do to help? These are some things I would liketo speak about today.
MAIN POINT 1:
Religious intolerance has caused problems from an international level down toproblems within families. I have known parents who have had to switch religions just so theirson could have friends because the other parents wouldn
t let their kids play with anyone whodidn
t go to their church. But there are larger things as well. For example, according to the NewYork Times, on May 8
of this year there were hundreds of Muslims and Christians fighting inthe street all night in Cairo. At least twelve people dead in that one night. And many people think Jews were the only religious group targeted in the holocaust, but onwar.com tells us thatJehovah
s Witness and Roma were largely targeted as well and were a large part of the fivemillion others who died in this massive genocide. While these larger scale events draw moreattention, this is not what first got me worrying about this topic for myself. One day I took a look around at all my friends. I happened to notice that they were in two fairly defined groups: thosewho went to church, and those who didn
t. At first I was sure it was coincidence, but then Istarted listening closer to what they were saying. I heard things like,
You're actually friendswith her? But she
Ughh I hate her. Did you know she
Iguess there really is a reason everyone
s separated after all. And it isn
t just me. Our entirecountry is like this. According to gallup.com, over 43% of Americans admitted to having aprejudice toward Muslims. This is most likely due to the fact that the men who crashed into thetwin towers were followers of Islam.
Why are we so ready to judge people just by where they are on Sundaymornings? I think it all starts with our own personal beliefs.