(Original Article Found At respectme.org.uk)

Just over two thirds of the Scottish population reported having a religion in the 2001 census. The most common faith was Christianity followed by Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism and Hinduism. 27% of people stated their religion as 'other' and 27.5% of people stated that they had no religion. Bullying based on religion is directed against individuals and groups because of their actual or perceived religious belief or their connection with a particular religion or belief. For example, someone may be targeted because of the religion of a friend or family member, or because they are wrongly assumed to belong to a particular faith community, due to their appearance. And even if the individual is, no one has the right to make them feel any less then other people. Persons may also experience bullying because they don't hold a particular faith or because of their philosophical beliefs that shape their view of the world they live in...
Lack of knowledge and understanding about the traditions, beliefs and etiquette of different faiths can lead to religious intolerance. Lack of awareness about the differences in practices of religions such as prayer times, dietary requirements, fasting and the wearing of religious clothing or articles of faith can result in misunderstandings and stereotyping, which may fuel bullying. As well as religious intolerance and bullying between one faith against another, bullying behaviour can also occur because of differences(or perceived differences) between different denominations or sects within the same faith, e.g. between Catholic and Protestant Christian, Sunni and Shia Muslim, and between the Orthodox and Reform strands of Judaism., Sectarianism and religious intolerance put children and young people at greater risk of bullying directly and indirectly. Finding out what others believe and why religious practices are important to them can be the first step to promote tolerance and understanding for people of all faiths and none. However, merely learning about different customs is not enough. Encouraging people to celebrate diversity through meeting and talking with others from different faiths allows a greater understanding and the creation of a climate where all are valued and bullying is not tolerated. 

Local, national and international events can all contribute to a social climate which makes children and young people more likely to be the targets of religious bullying. After the Sept 11 attack on the World Trade Centre and the London bombings of 7 July many Muslims found themselves the target of reprisal attacks, verbal insults and harassment. Individuals from other faith communities.

Of course I have my own religion, but believe it or not I love that not all people have the same one as me. It reminds me that each and every one of us is different, and that is no thing to be ashamed of. And you especially shouldn't be bullied because of it. I remember when Zayn Malik (Member Of One Direction)who is known to the public as a Muslim was receiving so much hate because he was celebrating Christmas with his Christian girlfriend Perrie Edwards(Member Of Little Mix) just last year. Is this so wrong? There is absolutely nothing wrong with this in my eyes... 


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