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Religions have taken different views on race that have generally paralleled those of society as a whole. Religion has been used to justify racism, and to help eradicate it. Many Christian groups were involved in founding the abolitionist movement; others helped propagate racism. For example, the Morman Church banned Blacks from serving as priests until the 1960s.<ref></ref>
In constructing or deconstructing racial barriers, the law makes reference frequently to different kinds of "race." '''Cultural''' race is race based on a unique culture. Affirmative action post-''Grutter'' makes appeal to cultural race as a partial justification for affirmative action. '''Historical''' race makes references to the shared experiences of a people that have enhanced or degraded their status as community members. Creating an Israeli nation, for example, is a reference to the genocide & discrimination that Jews have endured as a historical race.