As the United States prepares for their forthcoming general elections, several aspirants have taken their personal political stands with regard to their religious views; a notable aspirant is Donald Trump who has greatest demonstrated ethnic biasness concerning immigrants. As a move to counter attack his plans for immigrants when elected president, Virginia congressman has enacted a bill that will bar Donald Trump’s plans to oust Muslim immigrants
Unlike in the political arena, a Christian singer has expressed his displeasure of life of being gay despite his religious doctrines of Christianity not allowing homosexuality. According to Trey Pearson, he feared that the people around him would not accept him after hearing that he was gay. He also stated that God would not accept his status as a believer who was goy but now that everybody around him knows about his sexual orientation he felt he was free.
While the first article states of a political aspirant, who plans of mistreating one religious group after assuming presidency, the other article talks of a believer who thinks that fellow believers will not accept him after learning of his sexual orientation. Though the two articles tackle different topics, they are both subjective and objective on the matters they address. Basing of the fact that the sources are from online editorials of magazines in the United States meaning that the information depicted is credible.
1) What newspapers / TV networks did you use? The Washington Post
2) What kinds of references to religion did you find? Biasness against Muslims and Christianity with regard to sexual orientation
3) What were the attitudes to religion? The two religions were highly respected by respective believers
4) What religious traditions did you find? In the first article, the political classes were seen to have respect to matters that affected religion while in the second article the believer had a high regard of his religion and feared their reaction or realization of their sexual orientation
5) What patterns did you notice? There was a great different on how the political group and the non-political group regarded religion
6) How do your observations compare to Stark’s data? As stated by Stark, there is a great variation of how politicians view religion and how the social world views religion.
7) What did you learn from this activity? There is indeed a great variation been religions from different arenas.
8) Did your observations surprise you? The surprising account of this exercise is that while politicians aim at intimidating religions, the believers have a high regard to their beliefs and Christian practices