the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
I woke up this morning and saw this on my facebook wall,a news article about parents- christian parents upset over their children learning about Islam. It is apparent that these adults do not know the difference between learning about Islam and its history from learning the religion as a believer. Since 9/11 the fear and willful ignorance in this country about muslims and Islam is absolutely ridiculous. However what I am really sad for is the children because their oarents would rather let their children be ignorant about other faiths and cultures that are non-Christian. How can you expect people to interact when they lack just the basic knowledge of anothers’ faith or culture? We have seen from history what happens when we as mankind let ignorance and fear take control (slavery,holocaust etc) – its as if people want history to repeat itself.
In 10th grade, I took World History where I learned about the five major religions of the world which are :Christianity,Judaism,Islam,Buddhismand Hinduism. I learn the history of these religions such as the holy books of each religion (The Bible,Koran),their founders, basic law (Ten Commandants) and other historical information in terms of how these belief systems have inpact mankind whether for good or ill. Since then I have learned more on my own and my group of friends come from all religious backgrounds. I noticed as well in some of the articles I listed below parents are upset at the fact that in some classes they children had to pretend to be muslims, in 10th grade english I had to pretend to be jewish. My class was reading a novel called Night and the class was divided to understand how the jew might have felt during the Holocaust. We had to wear plastic yellow stars during our classtime and we noticed how our behavior changed once one group had on the stars and the others did not. So if pretending to be muslim for a class period is used to help students understand whats it like to be a muslim in America then personally I see it being completely harmless.
There is no reason for anyone in this age of technology to ignorant of other cultures and religions but the willfull ingnorance of Americans is outstanding that it will be the fall of this country. I get it christians, you want your child to be strong in their faith, I understand that but your child will encounter in life people of other faiths so should it not be important for them to learn about other people? Because whether you like it or not religion and lack there of shapes not only our moral upbringing,but our society as well and if you raise your children to believe that your faith is superior or that your god is the only one then I truly feel sorry for you. If history has taught us anything it is that when people have this ideal that they are superior than others bad things tend to happen.
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