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UNT SPHS 2015 - Religion in the News Assignment Sheet #2 F 2014

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Name ______ ________________________Title of Case __________________________PHIL 2400 Religion and American SocietyInstructions for Religion in the News Analysis #1Assignments are due on Friday, November 21 via learn.unt.edu by 11am. Late assignments are not accepted as described on the syllabus.Religion is an influential but poorly-understood force in contemporary American society. This assignment enables you to explore a case of religion in America. After choosing a case and two terms from the list below that relate to your case, answer the questions on the answer sheet attached. Potential Topics -- Choose one of the following subjects related to religion in America and read all of the related articles in order to understand the case from multiple angles. Yes, you may do additional research. Indeed, I recommend it. You do, however, need to use appropriate sources (no Wikipedia, About.com etc.; if you use a blog you must note that it is one person’s idea). Yes, you will need proper citations in your assignment; I’ve copied the websites here so you have practice with citations.1) Environmental Racism and Activism for Justice i) http://www.ucc.org/justice/advocacy_resources/pdfs/environmental-justice/almost-everything-you-need-to-know-about-environmental-justice-english-version.pdfii) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/02/28/black-clergy-seek-bridge-green-gap/iii) http://www.envisionjournalism.com/archives/36802) Latter-Day Saints – Controversy over Women’s Leadership i) https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/the-keys-and-authority-of-the-priesthood?lang=engii) http://thestyleofbeing.blogspot.com/2014/06/mormonism-feminism-and-being-snarky.htmliii) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-j-young/kate-kelly-the-lds-church_b_5547809.htmliv) http://ordainwomen.org/reaction-to-kate-kellys-excommunication/3) Islamic Scholars Write Open Letter Against ISISi) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/09/24/100-plus-muslims-scholars-refute-isis-ideology/ii) http://lettertobaghdadi.com/index.phpiii) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/09/26/splainer-fatwa/4) Lord Ganesh Duvet Cover Controversyi) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/07/10/urban-outfitters-lord-ganesh-duvet-cover-upsets-hindus/ii) http://www.amazon.com/DENY-Designs-Valentina-Ramos-Ganesh/dp/B00AAVLE40iii) “Hinduism in America” by Steven Ramey from the Encyclopedia of Religion in America editedby Charles H. Lippy & Peter W. Williams, available online through our library’s website at www.library.unt.edu . (Search under books then once you’ve found the encyclopedia’s online reference and entered it, search for the title of this article.iv) Read the section “Hindu Concept of the Divine” in the “Hindu Tradition and Heritage” article by Brian Pennington in the above encyclopedia.Additional Topics: Note that you may choose another topic related to one of the units we will complete after September 29, 2014 and before November 21, 2014 and that has been in the news because new events have unfolded related to the case since January 1, 2014. To choose this option, you must select appropriate news sources, identify your topic and terms, and have me approve them in writing before Monday, November 17, 2014. This means that you will either need to email me your topic, terms, and sources or bring in two printed copies to office hours for my review. Terms – Choose two of the following terms that help you understand the case. Be able to define the terms and explain them in your own words. (In other words, while you may quote to support your answer, you may not only quote in your answer. Tell your reader what the quote means.) 1. religious establishment2. Establishment Clause3. Free Exercise Clause4. Religion in the Constitution (aside from the first amendment)5. Christian privilege6. pluralism7. postpluralism8. creed9. code 10. cultus /ritual11. community12. Cantwell v. Connecticut13. Everson v Ewing Township14. Lemon test15. Just and unjust laws according to MartinLuther King Jr.16. Social Gospel17. Immigration Act of 196518. Baptism for LDS church19. Mormon Priesthood20. Book of Mormon21. Mormon missionaries22. Mohammad23. Qur’an 24. 5 Pillars of Islam25. Fatwa26. “A Common Word”27. Veiling/Hijab28. Brahman29. 4 aims of life30. 4 paths to Moksha31. Karma32. PujaAnswer each of the following questions in the space provided (use the electronic version of the document posted on Blackboard). Use proper citations throughout all of your answers.1. Describe your case in 1-2 pages. Make sure to answer the basic questions of who, what, when, where, why and how. Describe your case as if you were writing an encyclopedia article – now is not the time to make an argument, just explain what has happened (20 points).Delete these words and write your answer here.2. Define two terms used in class or our readings that relate to your case. Just focus onthe terms here, not the case. While you may quote to support your answer, you musttell your reader what the quote means if you quote. (2 paragraphs – one paragraph per term) (20 points)Delete these words and write your answer here.3. Make an argument about the case using your terms. Show how your terms help someone to understand the key issues of this case better. You may find yourself explaining why one person/group of people’s actions are justified or not justified. Alternatively, you may make an argument based on what the court should rule in this case (if it goes to trial). If a case involves changing ideas within a religious tradition you may explain the nature of the changes, why they are surprising or deemed necessary etc. (1-2 pages) (40 points)Delete these words and write your answer here.4. Summarize in one sentence what you home a reader will have learned after reading your analysis. Make sure to explicitly relate the terms and the case. (10 points)Delete these words and write your answer here.5. Include a works cited list. (Of course, you also need to cite properly in your answers above). (10 points, though a failure to cite can result in an F)Delete these words and write your answer here.To turn in your assignment. 1. Save your document in the following format “last name, first name case name.doc” OR “last name, first name.docx.” So if Betty Smith wrote about the Armed Services she would save her document as “Smith, Betty Armed Services.doc” or “Smith, Betty Armed Services.docx” Note that you MUST save in .doc or .docx format


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