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I was reading a dictionary definition of the word 'racist' the other day and I was surprised to see that religious discrimination is included in the definition.

2. racist - discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/racist

So is it correct to regard religious discrimination as racism?
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Yes, racism can be related to nationality/culture, and culture ties in directly with religion.
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racist basically means you don't vote for the left wing party
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Yes, racism can be related to nationality/culture, and culture ties in directly with religion.
In this case is it correct to call someone who hates American citizens a racist? Even though American citizens comprise people of different races?

Another example, is it correct to call someone who hates Buddhists a racist?
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(Original post by Hihowareyou)
In this case is it correct to call someone who hates American citizens a racist? Even though American citizens comprise people of different races?

Another example, is it correct to call someone who hates Buddhists a racist?
Very much yes to both.
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Very much yes to both.
Thanks for the answer.
However it seems that many people are in a disagreement over the usage of the word 'racist'. I sometimes see religious people accuse others of racism when they are getting insulted for their religion, and others respond by saying you can't be racist towards followers of a religion because they are not a race. This really confuses me.
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(Original post by Hihowareyou)
Thanks for the answer.
However it seems that many people are in a disagreement over the usage of the word 'racist'. I sometimes see religious people accuse others of racism when they are getting insulted for their religion, and others respond by saying you can't be racist towards followers of a religion because they are not a race. This really confuses me.
Yeah I'm 99% sure it's classed as racism. It's not called 'religism' is it :P
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Just be nice to everyone, its easy lol
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(Original post by Duskstar)
Yes, racism can be related to nationality/culture, and culture ties in directly with religion.
I'm backing you up on this one
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Legally speaking Sikhs and Jews are considered a race but I wouldn't say racism is related to religion or that criticising Judaism or Sikhism is racist.
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I'm backing you up on this one
Thanks, that really means a lot :P
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Legally speaking Sikhs and Jews are considered a race but I wouldn't say racism is related to religion or that criticising Judaism or Sikhism is racist.
There is such thing as religious prejudice -> discriminating against one because of their religion -> thus racism.

It's in the same category really

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Thanks, that really means a lot :P
Haha! No problemo :innocent:
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(Original post by RumpeIstiltskin)
Legally speaking Sikhs and Jews are considered a race but I wouldn't say racism is related to religion or that criticising Judaism or Sikhism is racist.
Yeah I agree with you, I don't think discriminating on the basis of religion is racist. I think race refers to ethnicity or nationality, so by saying "I hate all Americans" that would be a form of racism but saying "I hate all Christians" is... something else, there may be a word but I don't know it.

But aren't Jews considered a race? So in that respect saying "I hate Jews" can be racist...
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(Original post by thecatwithnohat)
There is such thing as religious prejudice -> discriminating against one because of their religion -> thus racism.

It's in the same category really



Haha! No problemo :innocent:
That doesn't explain why religious prejudice is the same as racism.
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(Original post by Hihowareyou)
I was reading a dictionary definition of the word 'racist' the other day and I was surprised to see that religious discrimination is included in the definition.


Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/racist

So is it correct to regard religious discrimination as racism?
I hate to say yes because when people pull the race card, if you include religion it's never ending. You can be any religion and be any race within that religion. You can be part of an ethnicity that is seen to be a certain religion, commonly, and not be part of that religion still.

The answer is no. Race is skin color, please leave the term alone, things are confusing and tall orders enough. Stop hanging on the race coattail to get rights. Religion is far more dangerous and influential than race. Race is actually the dumbest classification ever because we can all agree everyone within each race is different, respectively. Religion however, no matter how different you are, if you're a true worshiper (as millions of people within each religion are), you will unify under doctrines and traditions that can negatively affect other people. Not the same for race. Just make "religionism" a word and be done with it, or possibly a word less cringe.
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(Original post by thecatwithnohat)
There is such thing as religious prejudice -> discriminating against one because of their religion -> thus racism.
If I hated christianity and so refused to let any christian into my shop, how would that be racist? What is the christian race? Your logic makes no sense.
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(Original post by Jibola240)
That doesn't explain why religious prejudice is the same as racism.
(Original post by RumpeIstiltskin)
If I hated christianity and so refused to let any christian into my shop, how would that be racist? What is the christian race? Your logic makes no sense.
Perhaps racism isn't the right word for this sort of behaviour. But along with some cultures, comes religion. I think they're intertwined, but can't be pointed at separately.

E.g. Dubai is a predominately Muslim state, yes? If someone turned a Christian tourist away from their stall in the market because they thought that Christianity was idk, 'trash', then that is discriminatory behaviour. Definitely discriminatory behaviour, but racism isn't the right word for it :sad:
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