Religious Freedom and the Great American Melting Pot
How it Makes the U.S. Vulnerable to Terrorism Hatred and Increased Fear Alfred Asia
Introduction to Sociology 100
Ms. Stacy Kelly
Date: 1st June, 2014
The purpose of this assignment is to explore some of the differences in religious beliefs in America, and how some may use those differences to spark discord in our society. Also to shed light on how violence is used by some individuals and even religious groups to make a political statement or to garner support for their cause. This paper will also explore the supposition that the United States’ open arms (America’s Melting Pot) allows all that seek a better life, entrance, has placed us at risk of terror attacks from those who merely purport to be in the U.S. to gain citizenship, to vacation, or to take advantage of the Great American Dream. When in actuality their plans may be nefarious in nature.
There is no question that the United States’ open door policy has made this a very diverse nation that holds its freedom in high regard. In many ways it can be said that our cultural, religious and ethnic diversity is what makes us so attractive to the rest of the world. It is also what makes us vulnerable. We know that America has its enemies, and since 9/11 the U.S. has increased its security measures. However, it will be next to impossible to thwart every threat without violating our civil liberties.
It is no doubt that societies throughout the world have become more and more interconnected. Applying the sociological perspective will help us to discover some truths about our common nature, as well as the opportunities and imitations in our lives. It helps us to take a more active role in our society by exposing who we are as a people, which helps us to navigate in this diverse world. The structural-functional approach was not the approach that fit this particular situation. Surely there are many who devote great time and effort to promote solidarity and stability. These same individuals yearning for a society whose complexities work together. I believe that the social-conflict approach is one that has been utilized in many studies examining the social, ethnic and cultural dynamics in this country. It covers many different aspects of inequality, whether it is gender, religious, race, social class, sexual orientation, etc..
As much as we would like to believe that things are changing, we see in everyday life that things do not really change that much. That there are some people in powerful positions always looking to separate themselves from others that are different under the pretext that they are protecting themselves and what they have from being taken away by those not like themselves.
The differences in religious beliefs in America are not new. This Country was founded, first on the principals of religious tolerance and later thanks to James Madison and the framers of our Constitution, religious freedom. If the extent of our conflict was based solely on our differences in religion, a conflict that seems insurmountable at best we would have a better chance at unifying this nation. The first settlers of this new world absent the Native Americans sought freedom from the tyranny of British rule and religious persecution. The subject of religion was still a major issue to many. However there were a great many issues that plagued our new society. These were issues that always seemed to be simmering below the surface. Due to the advent of sociological research, we can see the wide range of issues and the deep seeded animosity for those who failed to share in the ideals represented by those in positions of power. The idea was to study the cultural differences displayed in a society and to identify the conflicts that exist between the subcultures. This is what we found.
...The Great Concept of AmericanFreedom
Early America was a place for anyone to live their life the way that they wanted, as it is now, but back then this was a new concept. Much of this idea comes from the freedoms obtained by living here. Many other countries in the world had many freedoms, but not as numerous as they were in America shortly after the country was founded. Americans during the late 1700's and early 1800's embraced their freedoms and became leaders and expanders, and what we now consider the founders of many present-day cities and towns. One thing that has been present throughout the generations of people living in America, is the desire to set themselves apart from other nations. This want was supplied to the American people in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These two documents gave the American people everything they needed to set them apart from the rest. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, America was able to create an identity including freedom, religion, and individuality that is very unique to this country.
Perhaps the most exclusive aspect of Americanfreedom is stated directly in the Declaration of Independence. It states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their...
1. Why has it been so difficult for Hmong refugees to adjust to life in the United States?
It has been so difficult for Hmong refugees to adjust to life in the United States because lifestyle was very different from theirs. They didn’t know a telephone, an air conditioner, a light switch, etc. even existed. They wanted to keep their traditions, their culture. They were empty about new ideas and new experiences. This means that they were full of the past. Also, because they dreamed of Laos but never of America. So, they were closed to this new life. The customs they were expected to follow seemed so peculiar, the rules and regulations so numerous, the language so hard to learn, and the emphasis on literacy and the decoding of other unfamiliar symbols so strong.
2. How do the experiences of younger Hmong compare to those of their elders?
The experiences of younger Hmong compare to those of their elders because the young become more assimilated than the elder ones. That’s why the younger Hmong the more they become more individually assimilated the more they loss respect for the elder ones.
3. Why are the Hmong such a popular target of anti-immigrant violence and persecution?
The Hmong have the target of anti-immigrant because of their difficulty in adjusting to another life. As the story says, it has been really difficult for them to be in America and adapt to all of those things they didn’t even know that...
Is The United States of America the “meltingpot” of the world? A meltingpot is “a place where races, theories, etc., are mixed.” (The Oxford Dictionary) Many immigrants come to the United States for the same basic reason: A better way of life. These same immigrants envision their dreams of success, freedom and happiness coming true. Without different cultures coming together learning from one another, many of today’s modern marvels would not exist. A good example of this is Marco Polo finding the different wonders like Gunpowder and exotic spices from his expeditions. Without the blending and discovers of the great people that came before us our world would not be as it is now especially America. Immigrants brings part of their homeland’s culture with them which, in time melts into other cultures.
The basis of the U.S. was built on diversity, and is supported by statistic such as “Ten percent of America’s 281 million residents were born in other countries.” (Swerdlow 12) Our country was founded and established under the principle that one man being different is yet equal by the same right. All of these cultures coming together are unique in their own ways but yet compatible. Many immigrants have enhanced the United States by their contributions as educators, authors, scientists, politicians. Alexander Graham Bell, scientist; Albert...
...English 15 Section 008
American Schools vs. MeltingPot
In the American schools today one may walk down a hallway and be able to see numerous students from many diverse backgrounds. It some schools these ethnicities might have formed into clicks according to their country or religion, while in other schools the children may freely interact and befriend each other no matter what race or creed. While some schools freely allow children to outwardly display their nationality in the form of flags, posters, clubs, crosses etc, there are many schools that forbid display of student’s religion or nationalism. This rule affects a student’s freedom of speech, which in turn affects this meltingpot of cultures that America has come to become.
In the American constitution, the first amendment states that all men and women are endowed with the freedom of speech. It also in part says that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" (Establishment Clause) "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (Free Exercise Clause) (McCarthy 2). According to the government public schools can neither force upon or takeaway the students right to practice religion in school. This includes religious organizations and clubs as well as wearing crosses and traditional religious garments.
...The meltingpot or salad bowl.
From foreign shores.
1. In what way is the history of the United States different from that of other nations?
The history of U.S is different from other nations because it’s one of continual immigration from all continents, and opposed to most other nations it’s a very young one, but only if we counts from Columbus’ discovery. Asians had already discovered and inhabited America, when Siberia and Alaska where still connected, these people are called the Native Americans, (this includes the Indians, Aleuts, Yup’iks and Inuit’s.)
In the text we are told that no one can, by law, call America their ancient homeland, this is incorrect at our time, the Native Americans is the only people who may call America their ancient homeland. (Reference to the book; “The earth shall weep” by author James Wilson).
2. When and how did the first settlers arrive in America?
The first settlers arrived in America thirty-two thousand years ago, when Siberia and Alaska still where connected, they were hunters from North-Central Asia who walked down through America.
Forming characteristic tribes, who kept their customs and language.
3. What was the composition of the U.S. population in 1790’s?
The composition of the population of U.S before and in the 1790’s consisted, with a majority of, white Europeans from northwestern and central Europe, they were in faith mostly protestants.
About half of...
Throughout the entire book of “The Mangy Parrot”, Lizardi composes many daily aspects of life of different social groups that made the society of Mexico turn around, so to speak. Some of the social groups that stuck out and helped made this happen were the middle class artisans, women, and the bureaucrats. During the course of this paper, I will cite examples of how Lizardi uses each of the social groups I have listed that portrays obstacles to a just and prosperous Mexico and conclude with whether I think this book is a social, moral, or political critique.
From beginning to end, the author Lizardi mentions the middle class artisans. Whether it be Periquillo being an apprentice to an artisan or an artisan just selling his specialty. I got the sense that Lizardi portrays the middle class artisans very critically and lowly. He talks about Periquillo’s parents getting into an argument over whether they want to make Pedro go specialize in a craft or whether he should go back to school to further his education in hopes of landing a better, more respectable job.
This goes on for a while as Periquillo’s mother is worried what others will think of their son, as an artisan is not a respectable job. His mother breaks into tears and eventually, Periquillo’s parents come to an agreement to send him to gain a higher education (Lizardi 11). Another example of how the middle class merchants are not highly illustrated by Lizardi is...
May 29, 2014
A meltingpot refers to the idea that there are multiple races in America. Some people argue that there is or may not be a meltingpot in America due to the perception of American actions. After reading and listening to both sides of the argument and explanations as to if America is or is not ameltingpot, I’ve came to the conclusion that America is not a meltingpot. Instead we are more of a of salad. Heres why!
Although America is diverse, America is not a meltingpot. If it is a meltingpot, America would not exclude others from coming into America . Richard Rodriguez clearly states that America is trying to stop immigrants from coming into America by building the Great Wall. He mentions, “America is raising a wall in the desert to separate Latin American peasants who will work for low wages from the Americans who would hire them.” We have people who want to come to America because they want the freedom in which they think America has, but American citizens are excluding them. The wall that was built clearly shows the separation it creates between immigrants and citizens and a sense of not belonging...
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The social and economic indicators of America paint an obvious picture. Through out America’s history and even till today, Caucasians have always been in control. Even though history has a huge role in that regarding everything that happened during slavery years, the conditions for ethnical minorities has not improved to the standards usually enjoyed by Caucasians. Paying close attention to some statistics regarding ethnic minorities, we see clearly that the conditions for them are much different than those of Caucasians. Comparing the unemployment, education and poverty rates between African Americans and Caucasians the disadvantages are apparent. There are twice as many African Americans unemployed and in poverty compared to the rest of America which is an obvious indicator of the education in the ‘hood’. So when equal opportunities are not extended to all members of the society we see a skewed representation of ethnicities in the government and its related agencies. In the meltingpot of diversity, we see many interest groups that serve to lobby for their groups’ goals. Since we are entrenched in the specific problems of ethnicities, we forget that we are all citizens of the world and our ethnicity is just something someone ascribed to us. Thus we do not see greater participation in interest groups by people of various diversities, since there are way...