The Valpo Core Reader


Eric Brooks

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Citizenship and Service Essay

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Although religion is commonly used to bring us together and foster a sense of peace, it often times drives a spike of division between us. An example of this can currently be seen in the Middle East, where a holy war of sorts is taking place and religion is being abused by both sides in order to further their nefarious objectives. In texts such as Fredrick Douglass' Narrative and Philip Gourevitch's story of the Rwandan genocide, we can observe that this type of religious persecution is taking place all over the world. Though it may be easy to identify, however, it was and will continue to be hard to stop. In order to commit acts of terrible consequence, people use God's word as an excuse to carry them out, and the problem is only growing bigger.