The Role of Religion in the Ferguson Case

The Role of Religion in the Ferguson Case

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The Ferguson case in the United States has created much controversy and resulted in Darren Wilson, the accused police officer, free from charges for the shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown. This case demonstrates the increasing problem of racial prejudice and discrimination in the United States. Racial disparities still exist between the white majority and visible minorities like African-Americans. The trial, from start to finished, sparked many riots and violent protests. Among all this chaos, the community, both police and protesters, still gathered at a local church to pray and display the strength of the people at the face of adversity. If we recall from Karl Marx, we can observe that religion is functioning as a coping method for struggle and misfortune. As long as there are living conditions that inflict struggle, religion will exist because it is “the opium of the people” (Marx). Religion provides a sense of hope in a seemingly dark place. If religion serves humanity in the wake of adversity, what would drive individuals to utilize religion, instead of other means, as a coping tool?
Feuerbach argues it is also the very same adversity and afflictions that will direct people back to God over and over again. There is spiritual goodness that comes from religion and through interactions with each other, human beings are able to harness it. In the Ferguson case, regardless of racial background and occupational status, a unified community formed that otherwise would not have existed. People gather to embrace the divinity’s wisdom and love in order to counter their adversities. However, it can be argued, as Feuerbach has, that the comfort we seek from the divine is simply a reflection of qualities in the human species. God was created by humanity to serve humans. The very nature of the divine is the “essence of human nature itself” (Feuerbach). God is a creation of the human conscious. Though this is an extreme view, it is undeniable that religion has a reciprocal relationship with people. Religion influences people and people influence religion.

-L.H #RELS200

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2 thoughts on “The Role of Religion in the Ferguson Case

  1. I really like your blog because I feel very strongly about this case. And it is currently trending worldwide. I feel that Mike Brown has been treated poorly and inhumanely. I like how you point out that this is a racial issue, because a lot of people do not realize this. A lot of people look over the basic facts that a cop killed an innocent man and is going without any punishment. I really like how you included both Marx and Feuerbach in your blog. It makes a connection with the RELS 200 course and it defiantly demonstrates that you understand the course material very well. It is quite clear that this issue relates to both religion and worldviews because a lot of people do turn to religion when they are in a negative issue. This is demonstrated with the different types of methods for grieving over the loss of Mike Brown. I also feel like this is a good news story because a lot of people are contributing and trying to get out the message that we need justice. An example would be how people in Palestine will hold posters for Ferguson and give tips with dealing with the police and vice versa. I find this amazing because both of these places are going through a lot and racism has a big play with it. This issue is linked with worldviews because, as I stated before, a lot of people fail to see that this is an issue of racism. I believe that you have done an excellent job with your blog!

  2. I really like your blog because I feel very strongly about this case. And it is currently trending worldwide. I feel that Mike Brown has been treated poorly and inhumanely. I like how you point out that this is a racial issue, because a lot of people do not realize this. A lot of people look over the basic facts that a cop killed an innocent man and is going without any punishment. I really like how you included both Marx and Feuerbach in your blog. It makes a connection with the RELS 200 course and it defiantly demonstrates that you understand the course material very well. It is quite clear that this issue relates to both religion and worldviews because a lot of people do turn to religion when they are in a negative issue. This is demonstrated with the different types of methods for grieving over the loss of Mike Brown. I also feel like this is a good news story because a lot of people are contributing and trying to get out the message that we need justice. An example would be how people in Palestine will hold posters for Ferguson and give tips with dealing with the police and vice versa. I find this amazing because both of these places are going through a lot and racism has a big play with it. This issue is linked with worldviews because, as I stated before, a lot of people fail to see that this is an issue of racism. I believe that you have done an excellent job with your blog!

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