Faith in America Campaign

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A Simple History Lesson

Religion and faith are unique and powerful forces within almost every society.

Historically, religion has helped bring an end to slavery. It has helped promote racial integration, equal rights for women, and equal rights for gays and lesbians. It has motivated individuals to generate support services for those in society who need uplifting — the poor, the sick, the hurting, and the downtroden.

A simple history lesson shows that unfortunately, certain religious teachings also have been used to justify human slavery, racial segregation, oppression of women and discrimination against homosexual men and women.

We as Americans can see clearly how religious teachings have been used in the United States to justify prejudice and discrimination against minorities.