Have you noticed how some attitudes and behaviours ending in ‘ism’ are being strongly challenged these days ?
Racism, sexism, classism, and ageism are obvious evils in any society.
Even people with no faith in God are in agreement that such ‘isms’ cause much human suffering.
God has additional ‘isms’ that he finds offensive, including materialism, hedonism, atheism, and secularism.
A word ending in ‘ism’ describes a pattern of thinking.
We are all aware too, that discrimination exists on the basis of religion, and such bias, globally, is growing.
While there is currently no word ending in ‘ism’ to describe prejudice on the basis of religious faith, the closest word we have to describe this condition is ‘religiophobia’.
Have you ever experienced religious discrimination ?
I have. As a Catholic Christian, I have definitely encountered prejudice and bias.
I have also witnessed the discrimination faced by a physician friend, a colleague of my husband, whose faith involves wearing a turban.
Religious freedom is our right in North America, and one that we should not take for granted.
May God give us the grace to identify religiophobia for the societal ill that it is, and may we speak up whenever we encounter it.
May He allow us to work together, to maintain the dignity of all people. God asks us to love our neighbour as ourself.