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Religious and Ethnic Groups Paper Instructions

Part I

Select at least 1 religious and 1 ethnic/racial group not your own from the list below.

• Religious groups (based on http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/affiliations-all-traditions.pdf)

o Christianity

• Evangelical Protestant • Mainline Protestant • Historically Black Churches • Roman Catholic • Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) • Jehovah’s Witnesses • Orthodox (Greek, Eastern)

o Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform) o Buddhism (Theravada or Mahayana) o Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufism) o Hinduism

• Racial/ethnic groups (based on divisions in U.S. Census Bureau documents)

o Asian (Asian descent) o Black (African descent) o Hispanic and Latino (South or Central American descent) o Pacific Islander (Polynesian descent) o White (European descent)

Part II

Write a 750- to 1,400-word paper in which you consider the following regarding the religious group and racial/ethnic group you selected:

Religious group:

• How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups (such as in their beliefs, worship practices, or values)?

What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices?

In what ways has the religious group you selected contributed to American culture?

• Provide specific examples of prejudice or discrimination your selected religious group has experienced.

• What were the sources of this prejudice or discrimination?

• Does what you’ve learned about this religious group help you understand it? In what ways?

Racial/ethnic group:

How does your selected racial/ethnic group differ from other racial/ethnic groups (such as differences in ancestry,…...

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