I came across another idea for a project, so I’ve decided to make three more surveys. The first one is on whether or not Christians face discrimination. Please click on the link and answer the questions for me.
A low enough level of discrimination is down to the fact some people are insensitive and are jackasses. This survey starts well by taking about it as a prevalent issue, but then moves to discrimination in general.
Discrimination exists, but not massively. Some people do have a persecution narrative, others don’t recognise that western culture gives them a privilege and that equality will mean displacing them slightly.
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I’m not looking at prevalent discrimination, or common discrimination, I’m looking at whether or not people perceive that discrimination against certain groups is wide-spread (ie. common in a large area)
Just a note about your survey – you say above that you are interested in whether or not Christians face discrimination, yet your survey asks specifically about wide-spread discrimination. It is a simple fact of human nature to define ourselves as members of groups and by doing so, we form various ‘us’ and ‘them’ divisions. Once someone determines themself to be a member of a group, whether that is Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, male, female, black, white, literate, non-literate, etc – it is at that point that one begins to see everyone else as belonging to the ‘them’ group and begins to see ‘them’ as different. Of course, each group is different from one another, that is not the point.
The point is that once you see yourself as different from another group, it is human nature to treat them differently. The question then becomes does this treatment constitute discrimination? Are you defining discrimination as a violation of legal rights, human rights, or as a violation of morality in general? The answer varies based on your location, your background, your culture and your own individual beliefs in terms of right vs wrong.
In some countries throughout history and currently, not conforming to the national religion is a crime and is punishable by various means. In this instance, citizenship in this country means you accept the social terms and laws of your country of choice – this is the definition of citizenship, it is an agreement with the country’s laws. If you then choose not to follow the national religion and you are put in jail or put to death in this country – legally this is not discrimination as the country has made the terms of citizenship clear and you chose to violate their law. Voluntary violation of a law makes you responsible for the consequences. Voluntary meaning you are aware of the law and the punishment for breaking it. Does this make their laws just, their punishments just?
Morally – you may say no, they should allow anyone to practice any religion but others could say that this country is a group of people of like mind who have chosen to define themselves according to a religion and its associated beliefs. Your denial of their right to declare their religion and ask that anyone who wants to be a part of their country follow this religion is discrimination.
Discrimination comes down to both the intent of the discriminator and the understanding/interpretation of the action by the discriminated.
Legal actions cannot always be considered just as the law could have been made with the intent to discriminate – an example is the voting laws in the US at one time made by certain areas that required literacy as a qualification to vote – the law was made with the intent to discriminate. This leaves human rights and moral beliefs – which unfortunately are also determined by people. People have a tendency – as shown throughout history – to see others as not deserving of human rights and morality is heavily influenced by what an individual wants at the time they are making the moral determination.
If I may ask, what was the motivation behind this one?
I came across an article about atheists being the most discriminated group. I want to see what others think and how it (my second survey) compares to a similar study about a different group.
Ah, I see. Well, I have always read that the atheists were the runt of many religious debates. Thank you for the reply.
Always count on me to help a surveyor in need! Hope this helps, and good luck!
Thank you 🙂
I’m going to guess that you won’t get a great set of data from that survey. Questios 7 and 8 have valid points in both directions but you only gathered one. That along with other minor issues will skew this in the direction of ‘christians are discriminated against’ … sad
It’s only the first survey. I may find that that problem exists, but I’ll see how it goes as I get more data.
Took your survey. Is this a school project?
Thank you :). No, just something I want to do for a blog project. Though it may become a school project if any of my profs let me (provided it turns out to be relevant).
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