Religion Is A Catalyst For Discrimination

Can we return to the basics of religion: Pairing morality with ethics

Destiny S. Harris
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The article “Religion and politics create the sharpest divides over LGBTQ+ Americans, poll shows” in the Los Angeles Times connects to Henkin’s discussion of religion and human rights because it highlights the role religion plays in perpetuating discrimination against LGBTQ+ populations.

In the article “Religion and politics create the sharpest divides over LGBTQ+ Americans, poll shows” in the Los Angeles Times, Matt Hamilton discusses the chasm between democrats (mostly positive views) and republicans (mostly negative views), along with non-religious and religious people regarding their opinions of the LGBTQ+ community. He goes on to explicate how differing views cause a political collision in America on the rights of the intersectional groups that make up the LGBTQ+ community.

Historically, race, gender, and sex discrimination have been ongoing battles, and religion is often at the foundation of these battles (e.g., right to abortion). The LGBTQ+ community has consistently experienced tribulation and resistance politically to gain fundamental rights (i.e., access to healthcare, access to legal marriage, and access to fair employment). “[…] historically, religious communities have often themselves violated…

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