In lesson 4.4, I gained a deeper understanding of the roots of islamophobia and how it is justified in an everyday American life. This lesson just strengthen the ideas I learned from previous lessons, that all acts of violence and discrimination can come down to one thing, to exert power…

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In lesson 4.3, I learned the deeper context and justification to the KKK, rather than the basis to what I have been told. I understood before that the KKK was a racist affiliated group but this lesson, and previous lessons, has taught me that it’s never just one thing or…

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In lesson 4.2, I learned that there is a bigger context to “tolerance” than I realized. I used to think that tolerance was just accepting that people are different and we just live in sync with them, but I learned that it’s more than that. In Love the Sin, it…

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From lesson 4.1, I learned that religious freedom isn’t the same for everyone, especially when the United States seems to cater overwhelmingly to the white Christian majority. It’s evident in the formation of the school calendars and policies that are made and passed to help the majority. From previous lessons, I understood that most religions are set aside by the bigger picture in how the United States operated, and that even though the government claims that everyone had “religious freedom”, that isn’t evident in how many minority groups are treated. Many individuals and groups are oppressed by “religious freedom”, as other groups, mainly the majority, use religion as a way of segregating and to justify discrimination. That religion was always used as a means of control to aid the majority in the United States and give them power.

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This lesson on intersectionality just tied up what we learned in unit three, and it solidified the lesson I learned that religion is what people do and who they are. Intersectionality is important to the religious studies because it helps us understand how people and the internal/external situations they are…

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In lesson 3.5, I was not surprised on the connection between class and religion due to previous lessons. It’s also not surprising that social class is so intwined with religion, as social class creates and installs power, just like religion. McCloud’s explanation that class plays an important role in social…

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In lesson 3.4, I continue to learn how religion is connected to everything, whether it’s culture, power, and even sex. One thing I found interesting in this lesson is how sex can be thought about in six axioms, especially when connected to American religion. Megan Goodwin’s article on the connection…

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Before this lesson, I just had the basic knowledge that gender was based off a person’s biological sex. But it’s more than just that, as a person’s religion and culture can affect a person’s gender and the differences they may experience based on external context. Not only is it external…

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