This class requires your attention, but it is not draining at all. What worked for me was setting up two days a week for each medium post to write. It is essential to listen to the podcasts (or even reading through the transcripts) and read the materials given to understand what you are learning. If I had a hard time understanding the material, I would read other classmates’ posts about the subject. The most important thing to do is keep up with the assignments because it will start to feel like it is piling up if you miss one. My favorite part of this class were the topics. They all are so relevant and helpful in understanding what is going on in the world we live in.

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This lesson has taught me a lot about religious nationalism and Islamophobia in America. I found it interesting how Ilyse talked about how the calendars in America are inherently Christian and are made around Christian holidays. I always knew America had a Christian background but never really looked into how much American law is Christian, just like “In God We Trust” and swearing on the bible. I also learned a lot about Islamophobia and how that plays into American Christian nationalism. Americans use this ideology, that there is a threat to our Christian primacy, to make laws and discriminate against Islam. They treat it as if it is not a religion but an attack on “Americanness.”

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Before this lesson, I had never really learned about the KKK or what exactly they have done in the past. I found it interesting how they used religion to back their racist ideology. The KKK used Protestantism to get support from white Americans. They twisted the bible to make sense…

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Before this lesson, I thought intolerance was choosing to be unaccepting of another’s beliefs, behaviors, or lifestyle. After reading about tolerance, I can see how that is not good enough. Tolerance and religion get tied together because of their history and how they affect each other. There always has to…

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I found it very interesting how sometimes things can have “too much” religious freedom and consequences. I also remember the bakery vs. colorado. I remember agreeing with the court, if the baker does not want to make the cake because it is against their beliefs, then so be it. I found it interesting to listen to Rachel Laser talk about, by opening up their shop and taking on customers, they should realize that they have promised a service. When they refuse someone based on sexuality, that could be seen as just rejecting them because they are gay.

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For lesson 3.6, we have learned about Interseconality; a theoretical framework for understanding how an aspect of a person’s life (social and political) combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. I have learned that in the study of religion gender, class, and race all play a very important role. Each of these things impacts the other greatly, it is how we function in society and our culture. Your gender affects how you will be treated in society. Your gender and your race together, like Black women dealing with feminism, deal with a different set of obstacles than White women do. They can deal with the issues of being a woman, but become a different set of obstacles when y9u have a different race. Another example is Black Muslim women experience great discrimination especially after 9/11. Intersectionality has many different aspects that affect it, like power and sex.

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Social Class has always been an important part of culture and society. Class gives and takes power. It creates and sustains social, cultural, and religious distinctions. Class has been historically used as an aspect of individual and group identity. Sometimes, class can play a role in what religious preferences a person can have. Social class can relate to religious preferences in that certain individuals and groups are more or less able to explore certain religious options. Cesar E. Chavez talks about how class can affect how religions can operate. One thing that fascinated me was how class can make religion unavailable. In the time he was Delano, the rich and in command kept religious advisors and many other things from the church, because they know that there is “tremendous spiritual and economic power in the church”

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When studying religion, you must think about sex because most religions take sex very seriously. Sex can be used by certain religions to deny individuals and groups access to privilege. In America, the LGBTQ+ group has been met with resistance from major religions such as Christianity. As for new emerging religious identities, they try to distance themselves from issues with sex. For example, new Christian churches trying to make space for LGBTQ+ in their community. Especially in America, religious ideas about sex can affect many people's lives, like, military service, access to marital privilege, and even international government policies. Sex holds a lot of power in our culture and is used by many religions to hold a place of influence on its followers and the outside world.

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Before this lesson, I thought gender was how we identified people based on their biology. I now understand it to be the identity of someone based on society, inner expression, and sex. In all honesty, it is a little hard to get my head wrapped around the idea completely because…

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