Question about religion and social justice..............?
What do you think of the religious social justice activists who were inspired by their world view to make a difference in the world.
Speaking from a Christian perspective, the ones I am thinking of are as follows in the Modern Era
(i)Martin Luther King Jr
-Baptist Minister who lead the Civil Rights Movement and used as his inspiration Jesus's teaching on the Sermon on the Mount to Turn the Other Cheek
-Also famous for denouncing the Vietnam War as well as helping to Organize the poor people's campaign, the largest campaign/protest against poverty in American history
(ii)Archbishop Desmond Tutu
-Very Prominent in leading the boycott movement against South Africa during the Apartheid Era
-Chosen by Nelson Mandela to lead the truth and reconciliation process which brought whites and blacks together in South Africa
-Still leads social justice campaigns against poverty, HIV/AIDS, for women's rights, LGBT rights, etc
(iii)Archbishop Oscar Romero
-Very famous Archbishop of El Salvador who denounced the abused of the El Salvadorian military dictatorship and the oppression of the poor
-Was assassinated while delivering mass in 1980
(iv)Bishop Filipe Ximenes Belo
-Famous Catholic Bishop in East Timor who raised awareness in the international community of the genocide taking place against the population by the Indonesian military
-Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for helping bring an end to both the Genocide and the Indonesian occupation
(v)Pope John Paul II
-Though controversial for his many conservative stances, he was also famous for a lot of his social justice stances as well
-Played a massive role in the demise of Communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe through the support he gave to the Solidarity Movement in Poland
-Also famous for his denunciations of the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, which nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize
-Famous American Catholic known for her social activism against poverty from the 30's-60's as well as her strident and fierce anti war stance
-Sometimes she controversially praised communists leaders like Fidel Castro saying "Far better to revolt violently than to do nothing about the poor destitute."
-Was a Prominently Anti Nuclear Activist, as well as severely denouncing the Vietnam War; huge support of Cesar Chavez, famous Latino Labor Activist
This is just a scratch on the surface from the Christian side, but their are many from other religious traditions(Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc) as well that we could mention
- Solar-ΑΩLv 56 years agoBest Answer
Based upon the information you provided above; it appears that these individuals didn't have religion, but walk the talk: "Love your neighbor as yourself". In essence; it was their relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ; and lead by the Holy Spirit; that provided an avenue of the Gospel; not Religion as in tradition and of works; but simple faith; illustrated in their natural existence among brothers and sisters of humanity.
- 6 years ago
You have come up with a brilliant thesis which can completely transform your view of religion and the world. In fact Divine religions were all proponents of justice, love and brotherhood. As for Islam it was the most successful school in bringing remarkable reforms to society. Prophet Muhammad transformed a society sunk in decadence, ignorance, and age-old rifts into one that cherished compassion, trust, brotherhood, equality and justice. He also founded one of the earliest Constitutions.
The social aspects of his religion is reflected in his both Revelation and the government he founded in Medina.
You may also be interested in this rather comprehensive essay I wrote on unique features of Islam that are usually very surprising to secular intellectuals: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_makes_Muslims_diffe...
- Anonymous6 years ago
Many people often blame religion for the problems of the world, but religion isn't always responsible all bad ethics. Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Mussolini, Kim Jong II, and Kim Jong Un were atheists, and they are responsible for more lives than the Roman Empire, the Black Plague, the Crusades, the Inquisition, WW1, WW2, and modern day terrorism combined.