Before this lesson, I always thought of cults as groups of people with odd things/practices/customs in common with one another. I always thought of witches as belonging to a cult. Another group of people that I saw or thought of as a cult belonged to fraternities or sororities (not all). They make them do all sorts of rituals in order to be part or prove their loyalty to said organizations. During this lesson, I learned that the word “cult” has a negative connotation. Usually, when people hear that word, they start thinking of the most common stereotypes. In class, the CJ mentioned something that really had me thinking. “Wasn’t CJ the OG cult leader?” I found myself agreeing with this statement and concluded that the way someone sees something as a cult or not has to do with their own biases, environment, culture, and perceptions.

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During this lesson, I think I will learn about tolerance for religion/within religion and or lack thereof. We watched a video that raised the question of whether religion and morality went hand in hand. No, being religious does not correlate to how moral a person might be or not be, and “righteousness” does not stem from religion. I do believe learning about things you didn’t know does give you a different perspective on them. When you’re ignorant about something, it gives room for wrong ideas and stereotypes, and it can be easier to become intolerant about things you’re unaware of. Therefore, I think that learning about religion makes you more tolerant. However, the professor said that the answer was no; learning about religion does not make one more tolerant of it.

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What I knew about race before this lesson.
- Race has to do with the color or your skin
- Different from ethnicity and nationality
- There are only four races (at least that is what I was told in high school.

After this lesson, I was thrown off because we discussed that race wasn’t biological, and I learned that race could result from a group of people that share common features. Also, I realized that this is a social construct, just like everything we previously talked about in this class. Race relates to religion because the way people do religion is “a product of racial nature.” Race was also invented as a way to justify inequalities against groups of people.

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