Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Religion Factors of gangsterism

From a very early age children can become members of or affiliated with a religious group because of their parents' commitments or decisions. They are introduced into that religious group's beliefs, norms and patterns of life. Conflict can occur for some students when they want to undertake a different religious or spiritual quest – which may also include a rebellion against any belief – to that of their family.
Some religious groups believe that theirs is the only true religion. This can lead to members of those religions being less accepting or tolerant of other belief systems. Members of these groups can be unwilling to find out about other belief systems. This situation sustains prejudices and stereotypical images.
In school communities discrimination and prejudice flourish when the interests of minority religious groups are not incorporated into the curriculum and whole school environment. Marginalising members of belief systems leads to intolerance, hostility and tension.
Religion has increasingly been recognized as a resource for treating additions. Operation Recoil, launched in October by police and related services in the Western Cape, had some effect in its early stages but did not decisively reduce overall gang activity drug- trafficking. More seriously, gang organization continued to operate on a secure basis throughout the Western Cape, especially in the working-class areas of the Cape Flats. According to the police Gang Investigation Unit, over 130 gangs are operating in the region, with anything between 30 000 and 80 000 active gang members. The U.S. government has begun funding religious addiction recovery programs as part of its faith-based initiatives.