There unfairly stereotyped Muslims and the religion

There is no denying that discrimination accompanies human existence. As long as man has walked the earth there has been the powerful and the powerless. The definition of discrimination is the denial of opportunity or equal rights for a specific group of people that may be differentiated by things such as their religion, color of skin, or gender. As far as historical records show, no society or nation has been immune to it. The more extreme forms of discriminatory practices include genocide, slavery and legislated discrimination; such as the Apartheid. In American history, African Americans were a group of people that were discriminated because of their skin color and with time, more groups of race started to get discriminated against. Until this day, discrimination has not stopped, it continues to happen not just in America, but worldwide. Even though we have made important advances in race relations, we still face serious racial and religious discrimination. One of the most infamous topics on discrimination in our world today is that of religion. In history, Jews were discriminated against in Europe under Hitler’s facist regime. They were forced to wear the star of David so they were identified as ‘different’, they were isolated from society and ultimately, they were killed in concentration camps. However in recent times, people have unfairly stereotyped Muslims and the religion of Islam. For instance, Muslims often face cruel and unjust treatment, just because their beliefs differ from others. They are victims of verbal abuse, physical abuse and sometimes, even have hate crimes comitted against them. People fear what they do not understand; therefore, it is important to educate citizens about the religious views and beliefs of others. Discrimination against women starts at birth. Gender lines are drawn early, and exclusions for women continue throughout adulthood. These constant messages may lead to a false belief that women do not belong in the corporate world. Although men also suffer from this, it is predominantly women who face these obstacles. Women are more likely to be judged by their looks and how they dress than are their male counterparts. They are told that they are ‘too old’, ‘not pretty enough’ or ‘too provocative.’ The “glass ceiling” is a term which refers to the invisible barriers that prevent women from climbing the ranks of management because the upper level and executive positions are given to men. Despite protective anti-discrimination laws making gender discrimination illegal, gender still hinders the advancements of women (and men) in the workplace. Here in Ireland, travellers are almost ten times more likely to deal with instances of discrimination than other Irish members of the general population. Irish women are almost twice as likely to face discrimination at work compared to Irish men and black people are three times more likely to face workplace discrimination compared to white Irish people. Prejudice and ethnic hostilities constitute a major danger to peace both within a nation and among nations. With discrimination producing immense effects in the psychological, social, political, and economic domains. Discrimination not only forms a menace to the society, but also to the individual who is subjected to such an adverse treatment. These people often experience abuse, isolation, discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis and don’t have the same access to the same services as the majority of the population. The effects of discrimination and prejudice can be severe. They can include feelings of loneliness, depression, anger and even suicide. Discrimination can easily be avoided if we all respect each other and ensure that the law is applied equally.There is one virtue we promote about ourselves at almost all opportunities: tolerance. It is instilled in us from a young age. We must accept others regardless of their gender, skin colour, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and a multitude of other variables. Our tolerance – in contrast to the intolerance of many of our ancestors – is evidence of the concept of historical progress. Our predecessors may have discriminated against and judged each other for a myriad of things; such as sexual preference or ethinic identity, but in this enlightened age, we tolerate diversity. However, has the meaning of tolerance changed for the better or for the worse? The problem is, that tolerance has been seized and altered. The word which previously encouraged the capacity to accept beliefs or practices differing from one’s own, now means we must accept everything. As a result of this, we can withdrawl from our responsibilities and obligations to other people. Along this slippery path, much of the original importance of tolerance has been distorted or lost.In our enthusiasm for tolerance, we have actually become a deeply intolerant culture. We pass legislation to police hate speech,