Religious Tolerance

Religious tolerances most often entail the refrain to discriminate a group of people that follow the different religious path from others. Since there exist several religions on earth, anxiety has existed over the interesting combination of politics and religion. This has led to dehumanization where people do not embrace each other, communicate, and hold beliefs as sacred to a certain group. In America specifically, terrorist acts, committed by citizens from a different religious path than a majority of American citizens, have led to religious intolerances that have become rampant in all American states. The intolerances against another religion’s belief and traditional practices have mostly been influenced by religious violence. This essay, therefore, will discuss the video 9 Years after 9/11, Has Religious Tolerance Changed in America in relation to religion functionalism, interaction and influence from political behaviors.

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Terrorist acts have over the years led to the grieving process to extend, thus resulting in deeper anxiety over religious issues. One of this terrorist acts, which was committed by Muslim citizens, instigated a mixed reaction across the United States. Most importantly, nine years later, after 9/11 occurred at the World Trade Center, the religious anxiety that existed before is nevertheless still in existence. Many Americans now hold a negative view towards Islam and their teachings, which to them is the cause of all the religious violence that occurs around the world. The deep, psychic wounds that were instilled during the terrorist act have not yet disappeared. Moreover, after 9/11, responses developed over Muslim religion as people never grieved after the incident, but rather they became bold to face the issue by becoming intolerant to other religious faiths. This has given rise to discrimination on the basis of faith, and now more than ever, people have not refrained from discriminating others that hold true to a certain religious path.

From the beginning of the United States, there has been an increasing debate over the influence of religion to enhance the process of governance by appealing to a majority view. These models of power structure or political behavior have been influential in instigating religious intolerances across different states in America. One of these models is anti-Islam sentiments, which are used by politicians to gain favor from the majority Christian population, has resulted in religious intolerances at a very unprecedented rate. This has further instigated a rise in Islamophobia and anti-Islam sentiments that came about due to political affiliations. For instance, Republicans opposed the Democrat’s political views, and due the fact that their leader, President Obama, was raised from a Muslim background, they used this in their favor to garner support and oppose the Democrat’s political ambitions across the United States. On the other hand, the reaction of former President Obama to the ground zero mosques that resulted into a majority of debate over Muslim and Christian antagonism invokes abstract notions and principles without a firm reassurance to Americans as the leader of the country to oppose religious indifference.

Several theories exist in sociology to explain religious tolerances. One of them is the conflict theory that refers to religion as the sigh of the oppressed and is based on the sentiment of the heartless and opium of the people. On the other hand, the functionalist aspects of religion that views how the society functions so as to maintain the social systems. The functionalist and conflict theory, therefore, understands the role of religion in an interactive perspective that leads towards accepting a certain set of beliefs for the good of all in the society to enhance religious tolerances.

In conclusion, the act of refraining from discrimination against others who adhere to a certain religious path is a serious issue facing the society today. Moreover, the political behaviors and models that are in existence are further stemming the issue of great magnitudes that if not resolved, would result in a series of conflicts. To address these religious intolerances the sociological functionalism and interactive aspects of the community needs to be addressed.