Religion and State in IsraelDecember 26, 2013If you are reading in email or RSS feed, please click here to read ONLINEEditor – Joel KatzReligion and State in Israelis not affiliated with any organization or movement.
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it gives a specific example of religion playing a role in politics. This relates the chapter to real life.
Rishi Suresh: This relates to the Folk Culture chapter because the placement of the Star of David (the symbol of Judaism) on the flag shows how significant their identity as a Jewish country is to them.
Vinay Penmetsa's Insight: This article talks about religion and states connections in Israel, such as the star of david on the flag, which the government has to do.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This is a good example of religion interfering with politics in the world recently. This relates to this section because it has to do with religion around the world.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because this article shows the relationship between religion and its effects on politics. The country of Israel was formed due to religion.
These three issues are deeply interconnected in many parts of the world and in this news report from Israel, ultra-Orthodox from the town of Beit Shemesh are seeking to enforce their vision of a religiously appropriated gendered partition of space. This particular news clip has caused a firestorm, and the Israeli PM has publicly states that gender segregation will not be tolerated.
On Monday, as the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, "about 300 ultra-Orthodox men attacked police officers, hurling stones at the officers after they removed a sign ordering women not to walk past a synagogue in Beit Shemesh." Obviously they are not indicative of all Jews, but this raises many questions. Why do we see a rise in of religious extremism (a loaded word, but I'll listen to alternatives) in this era of globalization? Why is equality in where and how people can act in public such an important political freedom? Why is there such strong cultural reactions to diverse gender norms in public?
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the intricate web of cutlure in religion and how different aspects of the country or adherent is affected or affects the religion.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This relates to this section because it talks about religions affecting behaviors. This also relates to the book "Half the sky" and the obstacle of gender inequality.
Vinay Penmetsa: This relates to the section by talking about religion, and gender inequality, and how many people do not want women to go against their cultural and religious beliefs.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it talks about how religion affects the behaviors of people as they go about practicing their religions. Their particular religions influence their political beliefs and other parts of their daily lives.
For the first time in U.S. history, a Mormon is on a major-party presidential ticket. The Wall Street Journal examines the changing role of religion in Ameri...
Aren't religion and politics supposed to be the two things we are counseled not to discuss to avoid controversy? This video hits on something that plays a role for both candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign in the United States: their faith and how voters perceive their faith. This video discusses Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and some past presidents' religious beliefs. I feel this video handles very controversial topics in a thoughtful and fair manner given that it treats various religious traditions and political ideologies in a non-partisan manner. The geography of religion might play an significant role in the outcome of the 2012 election.
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows how religion is an unavoidable part of a country's culture, including in politics.
Vinay Penmetsa: This article explains how religion is related to politics, and how religion and politics interact which is related to this section
Graham Shroyer's insight: This relates to this section because religion is a big part of a country and it defines many things, even the government sometimes.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the relationship between religions and people's beliefs. People's beliefs are influenced by religion, as their religion forces them to draw some rules they would have otherwise disregarded.
Rishi Suresh: Religion is unavoidably a part of politics. Religion is involved in many things that may at first glance seem to be outside its area of influence.
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the origins of each religion. Also, it shows the various relationships between religions.
Vinay Penmetsa: This shows how a lot of religions are interconnected, and even if people think two religions are completely different, they might have similar roots, just like languages.
Graham Shroyer's religion: This relates to key issue 1 because it shows where religions originated and how they are all connected, like judaism and christianity.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This is relevant to Key Issue # 1 because it identifies the origions and relationships of the major world religions of today. These religious branches clearly show the relationships between majorly and minorly practiced religions.
Rishi Suresh: This shows how, similiar to languages, many religions come in families and have distinct connections between them.
Khanh Fleshman's Insight: This is relevant to Key Issue #1 because it gives a more detailed insight as to where religions are distributed on a country-by-country basis. This is more detailed than the first because that one was only by continent
Vinay Penmetsa: This article shows the majority religion in Europe and how Christianity is the primary religon in Europe, and Islam is the majority in Middle East and Africa.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This article is relevant to key issue 1 because it shows an in depth look on the distribution of religions around the world and you can see the countries that support each religion clearly.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This is relevent to Key Issue # 1 because these maps show the distributions of certain religions accross different land masses. Some of these maps show the distribution of Islam and Judaism acrross the U.S. as well as the distribution of Christainity in Europe, which relates to the distribution of major world religions in certain regions of the world.
Rishi Suresh: The distribution of religions in Europe shows how most of it is dominated by Christianity, a universalizing religion. This relates to the distribution of universalizing versus ethnic religions.
Christianity. Islam. Judaism. Buddhism. Hinduism. All the major religions have basically competed with each other in an epic, historical game of Risk. Who can gain the most converts? Which religion is the most right at being right?
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows why the major world religions are distributed as they are today. It shows the determining factors of how far a religion would distribute.
Rishi Suresh: This shows how universalizing religions dominate the religious landscape in most of the world. Ethnic religions like Hinduism are mostly limited to one area.
Vinay Penmetsa: This map shows how religions has spread rapidly through the world, and how universalizing religions religions are young, and have the largest following, while ethnic are smaller and in smaller areas.
Graham Shroyer's insight: The map shows distribution of religions around the world and this relates to key issue 1 because it shows how ethnic stay close and universalizing spread around.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the distribution of major world religions as they spread throughout the world. The different major world religions are shown to distribute in different places.
An excellent visual aid to process the religious data in the United States. Roll the cursor over the map (after clicking on the link) to see any particular state's religious data. What patterns do you notice? Are there religious regions that could be drawn based on this data?
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it gives a state-by-state breakdown on religion, and gives more detailed facts about religions in different states by percentages.
Vinay Penmetsa: This map shows how the US is dominated by Protestants and Catholics, and all other religions are minority in here.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This relates to this section because it shows how religions are distributed around the US and what is dominant and where.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the "demographics" of religion as it is distributed accross the U.S. According to the map, Christianity is the most popular donomination in the U.S, followed by Judaism.
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the distribution of religions on a national scale. It also highlights the dominance of Christianity and Protestantism in the US.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This relates to key issue 1 because it shows the prevalence of christianity, a universalizing religion, in the US.
Vinay Penmetsa: This relates with the section, showing how Christianity is an universalizing religion, and its distribution in America.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the distribution and density of Protestants in the U.S. This map shows that the highest density of Protestants occur oin the South-Eastern region of the U.S.
Rishi Suresh: This relates to the distribution of denominations within America. It shows how the distribution is related to the patterns left by the original settlers.
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This article relates to Key Issue #1 becuase it shows how religion affect different demographics. It also brings other components into play in the long-standing discussion about religion.
Vinay Penmetsa; This is related to the section because it relates religion and gender inequality in the world.
Graham Shroyer's insight: This relates to this section because it talks about religion and it also talks about how it conflicts with other issues like gender inequality.
Rishi Suresh: This relates to Half the Sky because it shows the relationship between religion and gender equality.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This is relevant to Key Issue # 1 because this article shows the relationship between gender equality and religion. Gender Inequality can be influenced by religion.
Figure 7-3 of the text identifies the global distribution of the world's "major" religions. You will note that Christianity dominates the America's, Europe, Russia, Subsaharan Africa, and the Austral realms. However, you should also note that three denominations of Christianity are also identified (many more than three sects exist). Roman Catholicism is one of Christianity's major denominations and it dominates in Latin America, Europe, and Subsaharan Africa.
Catholics are about to experience an important occasion, in that a new Pope is to be elected. Much speculation exists as to who the new Pope will be (and more importantly -- at least from a geographic perspective -- from where he will come from). While "European-based" Popes have been the norm, Europe only contains one-quarter of the world's Catholics. However, Cardinal electors are disproportionately from Europe. Meanwhile, Latin America contains almost 40% of the world's Catholics but the realm is poorly represented by Cardinal electors.
From where do you think the new Pope will emerge (and why)? How does from where the Pope comes from matter? Regardless of birthplace, what policies should the Pope pursue during his papacy?
Khanh Fleshman's insight: This is relevant to Key Issue #1 in the chapter of Religion because it shows the general distribution of major world religions in the map. This also shows the direct affect of having more Catholics in one area than another.
Vinay Penmetsa: This shows relates Christians to a map, and where the religion Predomintes in the world. Due to the religion being universalizing, it is all around the world in many different countries
Graham Shroyer's insight: This is relevant to this section because it shows the distribution of the universalizing religion of christianity and where there are a lot of christains.
Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This is relevant to Key Issue # 1 because it shows the relationship between the distribution and representation of Christianity around the world. Christian representatives ussually come from Euroupe, rather than places with the largest Christian population.
Rishi Suresh: This map shows the distribution of religions as according to the Religion chapter.