UCLA must encourage educational opportunities to promote religious tolerance

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Religious discrimination is far more universal than we care to admit.

Luckily, Bruins have access to an important resource to combat this – education.

Living in the era of misinformation presents itself with many obstacles. Social media posts and extremist groups often spread conspiracies about different religions, which obscure the true values behind each faith. Prejudicial statements are the product of deception.

Even places like Los Angeles, which may seem liberal on the surface, are not immune to bigotry. According to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, religious hate crimes grew 11% from 2018 to 2019. Eighty-nine percent of these crimes were anti-Semitic.