Religious and Thnic Groups Paper

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Religious and Ethnic Groups Paper
Kyle S. Leister
February 22, 2013
Heather Bickley

Religious and Ethnic Groups Paper
I picked Buddhism as my religious group. I am a Christian so this is interesting to me because if would have stayed in Thailand, Buddhism would be the religion that I would have learned and believed in.
Buddhism is a very unique religion and it differs from all other religion out there. They do not believe in a God. Tak stated, “We don't believe in a god because we believe in man. We believe that each human being is precious and important, that all have the potential to develop into a
Buddha - a perfected human being. We believe that human beings can outgrow ignorance and irrationality and see things
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But the Johnson County Board of Commissioners has so far denied the group a conditional use permit. Neighbors say that the area the Buddhists have chosen is zoned residential, but Lama Chuck Stanford of the Rime Buddhist Center says that discrimination is the real reason behind the opposition. “This is clearly just ugliness of ethnic and religious prejudice,” said Stanford. […] Standord notes that Christian churches are common in residential areas, and that comments made by residents during a January zoning board meeting indicate fear and ignorance. At the meeting, people raised concerns about traffic, water pollution and “animal sacrifices,” along with noise from gongs, which Stanford says are no louder than church bells.
Another example On Sept. 13, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the city of Walnut in Southern California because the city did not allow Chung Tai Buddhist Group, originally from Taiwan, to build a worship and meditation center. The Department of Justice accused the city government of violating federal law, which states that religious groups have the same rights to use land as other building applicants, and of discriminating against the Buddhist group.
The sources of prejudice and discrimination with any religious group is that people do not know and understand the group and which fear and hate starts to set in. It is the people’s ignorance that causes the negative feelings and actions in which then

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