This past week, an art exhibition promoting gender diversity in Brazil was cancelled due to an overwhelming social media protest stating that the show was promoting blasphemy, pedophilia and bestiality because some of the pieces conflicted with widely held views in the country.
The cancellation of this event made me begin to think about the role of religiosity in the reinforcement of sameness. Within the United States, many of our rules and laws have been established based on some interpretation of the Christian religion. Whether or not these interpretations truly represent Christianity can be debated, but one thing is for certain – they do not represent the supposed principles of freedom and equality that the United States seems to espouse so freely.
I believe that younger generations of U.S. citizens are beginning to recognize the hypocrisy that is the United States and its issues with diversity as the number of Americans that subscribe to Christianity (or any religion) is declining. Which begs one to question, are our diversity problems the fault of Christian religious interpretations gone bad? And how do we become an inclusive society if we are built upon archaic rules that were more than likely misinterpreted to fit the needs of the “founding-fathers?”