Religion, human rights and social justice


8.1 Social justice and human rights

Social justice: ensuring that society treats people fairly whether they are poor or wealthy and protects people's human rights.

Human rights: the basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings should be entitled.

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established." - Romans 13:1

8.2  Prejudice and discrimination

Equality: the state of being equal, especiallyin status, rights, and opportunities.

Prejudice: unfairly judging someone before the facts are known; holding biased opinions about an individual or group.

Discrimination: actions or behaviour that result from prejudice.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." - Galatians 3:28

"Women should remain silet in churches. They are not allowed to speak [...] for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church." - 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

8.3 Religious freedom

Freedom of religion: the right to believe or practise whatever religion one chooses.

Freedom of religious expression: the right to worship, preach and practise one's faith in whatever way one chooses.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or


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