In Class - If you haven't already, turn in the signed syllabus. Continue to discuss the issue of the Mosque in NYC. Short video: Arab American Comedians. See how since 9/11 the issue of religious tolerance and acceptance in the United States has once again become a major talking point in this country.
Homework - Blog needs to be created by Monday, August 23. Continue to watch the news and see what is happening in the world.
Current Event Presentations: Each of you will be responsible for bringing in a current event and presenting this article to the class on your assigned day. The article can be of your choosing, but it must be related to our study of politics and government. No sports stories!!! If you are absent on the day you are to present, then you will receive a zero. These cannot be made up unless you contact me before your absence. You are to turn in a copy of the article and write a short summary for the article including a citation. You will be graded on your overall presentation and written work.
For Monday, August 23: Daniel Bernal - 2nd Period; Brittney Austin - 4th Period.
Articles to check out:
A Brief History of Intolerance in the United States - http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2011978,00.html
Kim Abbott - Time Magazine
See how religous and ethnic intolerance in the United States dates back to the orginal colonies.
In Controversial Mosque, Young Muslims Pray for Understanding -
http://www.time.com/time/ (scroll down to videos on the left)
Young Muslims have been praying in this building only two blocks from Ground Zero for some time. Yet the media has created a firestorm of controversy of the proposed Islamic Community Center. Muslims meet here to pray during the festival of Ramadan, which ends on September 10.
Does America Have a Muslim Problem? - http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2011798,00.html
Bobby Ghosh - Time Magazine
It's part of the fabric of life, but protests reveal a growing hostility to the religion of Muslims. During Ramadan prayer services at Park51, site of a proposed Islamic Center, attendees discuss the mosque and the media frenzy surrounding it.