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Lack of diversity causes lack of faith

WED. | 03-23-22 | OPINION

     A big issue that is faced all around the world is the lack of support for diversity. We all come from different backgrounds, grew up in different ways and experience different things in our day-to-day lives. There are some things we all can relate to, and there are some things we can't. Due to differences in race or religion, one's life can become harder because of the need to meet society's standards, but the truth is that harming individuals who don't meet those standards is not right.

     For example, in 2021, Christians were being persecuted because of their faith in Afghanistan. This was not the first time that the issue took place. Men, women and children were forced to hide their faith out of fear that they would be killed. Some have stepped out in faith confidently and 

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have faced death. Many Christians die every year because of discrimination. This is something that shouldn't be ignored. We, as human beings, should have the freedom to believe in anything that we choose to, without harming others or being harmed because of our different beliefs. 

     Even though I mentioned that many Christians were persecuted in Afghanistan, it also happens in many other places around the world and with many other religions. Muslims still face discrimination in the US on account of what took place on 9/11 which was over 20 years ago. Neither they nor their children had knowledge of what would take place on that day. The discrimination that they have faced has led many to question their own identity and worth. 

     This has become an issue worldwide, but it's not seen as a big problem. I know that some people feel the need to comment on what makes someone different or unique without knowing what it takes for a person to have certain qualities, or without knowing how far they would go to be themselves. I don't think that it is necessary to judge someone based on their religion, skin color or gender. You can´t take from someone what you did not provide for them. Even though you don´t support the god they serve or have the same beliefs as someone, it doesn't mean you have to speak so carelessly about those who do believe in a god or do possess certain qualities. Think about it. If we lived in a world where everyone was alike, then the world would be dull. It would take away everything that makes it unique. Nothing would make it seem special because everyone would be the same. An excellent quote from William Sloane Coffin Jr. to support this statement is, ¨Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.¨ 

     Apart from religion, race is another big part of diversity. The color of someone's skin does not determine their hearts, nor does it prove how much someone is worth. As Koffi Annan, a former secretary of the United Nations put it, ¨We may all have different religions, different languages [and] different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. ¨ 

     Acceptance of religion and diversity is important. It is something that we all should consider doing. It is also important to love ourselves so that we would have no room left to discourage others by judging or oppressing them. 

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