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Religion in Todays World It is lunchtime and co-workers bow their heads before eating In many cubicles there are signs of the occupants beliefs an open Bible a Prayer rug and even icons of those considered holy and saintly Out on the street there is hardly a city block where some religious icon is not visible Residential windows have religious displays correlating to canonical seasons and high holy days have specific displays Asian restaurants have Shinto and Buddhist shrines the odor of incense wafting out into the street mingling with the smells of soy sauce and Asian vegetables Religion is all around us and the role religion plays in the world colors our thoughts and actions essentially who we are and who we become In many large cities the only good schools are the privately owned religious schools Religious discrimination taught from childhood spawns conflicts and religious wars Education In a large city like Philadelphia any parent who can scrape up enough money can buy their children a quality education There are a couple of high quality publicly funded schools but they are few and far between In a Philadelphia poll conducted in 2001 parents were asked if they were satisfied with the quality of public school education 30 said the education level was just fair and 28 of the respondents thought that the quality of public school education was poor Study 6433 Philadelphia Schools Having a religious based education for their children is the preference for the majority of Philadelphians News release from the Commonwealth Foundation Religious Discrimination The first amendment under the Constitution guarantees religious freedom for all yet a barrage of lawsuits keep coming In April 2004 a General Motors employee filed a suit against GM alleging that the diversity practices are discriminatory Jones Employee Accuses GM of Religious Discrimination The practice of religious discrimination is not limited to the United States but occurs throughout the world In France Muslim school
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