Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I think that the most memorable part of this chapter would be the quote that I picked to share because of how much contradiction it has in it.
I think that the book is going pretty good so far I like some of the topics that the author brings up. I like that he brings up different ideas about the American dream and doesn’t only focus in one of them. I would say that some of the history given in the book is boring and dry because it sounds like something that I would learn in a history class but hopefully it gets better.
The whiskey rebellion was a resistance movement in what was the western part of the United States in the 1790’s, during the presidency of George Washington. During this time the United States was heavily in debt and there was high inflation and the government needed a way to raise money to pay it. The government started taxing whiskey heavily which lead to the discontent of the people. In the rebellion about 500 Pennsylvanian men attacked the house of the tax collector. The Washington administration responding by sending peace commissioners and raising a militia to put down the rebellion. When the militia did not need to use force the rebellion was put down before they arrived. This showed that the government was willing to suppress violent resistance to its laws.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I personal think that freedom of religion is great and wonderful thing. Without it I feel that there would be a lot of uncontrolled chaos between religion factions like violent protesting religious groups and the destruction of religious property. With freedom of religion we are forced to deal with each other and learn about each other. I believe this has helped our society and made us more tolerant of other religions and idealism and thous better people as a whole. For instance my sister is a bible thumbing christens and I am a god doubting Ignosticism and we get along just fine.
I reached John Winthrop and found out that he was a very important puritan. He was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for 12 terms but then he was banished from the colony for having a fight with Roger William.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Encyclopedia Britannia has been a valid source of online information since 1999 and the company was founded by Professor Jim Harris in Burlington, Vermont in 1887. According to Encyclopedia Britannia, . . .(NOW YOU CAN USE THE SOURCE AS WE KNOW THE SOURCE AND YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED ITS CREDIBILITY)
How important is freedom of religion to our basic identity as Americans, or you in personality?
As my opinion I believe that everyone should have the rights to believe whatever they want, and not inter fear others. Because without freedom of religion there will be no peace. The only think that makes people friends is when they respect their believes to each other. Centuries ago the people that moved to America, the only reason they move was to be safe with their religion believes, and that is why America became the land of freedom for religion. You can believe whatever you want at the end we are brothers.
Before I started, doing my research on John Winthrop I knew nothing of him. However, I discovered that he was a very important character. As matter of fact, he was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. According to Encyclopedia of World Biography John Winthrop was the dominant figure in the early years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His actions and ideas gave the Puritan colony much of its essential character. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/John_Winthrop_(1588-1649).aspx
In today’s society, Freedom of religion is very important because many of the people who came here and founded this country were forced to worship what the government told them to worship. When people came here to the United States they were able to form congregations and even some communities that allowed them to worship peacefully.
I think that to some Americans freedom of religion is very important because some wish to practice their religion more than others. In the United States your able to practice the religion you wish to do so to other people come this country it would be a problem. Some people decided to come to this country because where they might live they don’t have same freedom. This country opens the doors for that in a way that you can identify yourself with the religion you wish to without fearing oppression from other religious groups.
Personally, I believe freedom of religion is extremely important to any society. This does include the right to choose not to believe in God. I think it's important in that many people have religion as a source of hope. This is one of the great strengths in this concept of religion. Without hope, there isn't much to live for. People either hope for things to become better in this life, or the hope that things will be better after you die. The problems that this causes are the things we see in the everyday world. Wars and persecution are typically somewhere stemmed from Religous differences. I'm not saying that without religion there would be no war, I'm sure the human race would find something else to fight about, what I am saying is that people will fight for what they believe in, just like Anne Hutchinson and right or wrong religion has always been something people fight for.
I did my research on Roger Williams, he was a tolerant. Before my research I didn’t even know the active Tolerant was, but now I have learned. Roger Williams believed in freedom of religion. He didn’t like people forcing the Indians Americans to their believes or faith.
I personally think freedom of religion is something crucial to our lives because America is very individualistic country, so freedom of religion gives you the right to practice and not practice any religion.
One problem it may cause would be people could divert away from their basic or fundamental faith.
One of my sources was: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/645737/John-Winthrop
To answer the question what great strengths are in this concept of religious freedom, I would say that there are many. A few would be that it allows a country like the United States to exist. If we didn't have religious freedom, if we told people they couldn't practise this religion or that one it, it would lead to unrest and eventually violence which has been the pattern through out history. Another strength would be that people can truly decide if what they believe in is something of value to them and other people. If something is just rammed down your throat, are you more likely to believe in it than you would if you chose to believe it? Oh course not.
Here's the link to one of my sources:
I think that the freedom of religion is one of the most important liberties we can enjoy as Americans. Being a country that is recognized and prided for it's cultural diversity, it's very important that all of the people within to be able to freely express themselves. As we have read in the American Dream so far, the Puritans did come from England to escape religious persicution. I think that that offer should be open today for all that wish to do the same. However there are some problems with the idea of a melting pot. For the most part I feel Americans can be tolerant of other religions, but there are a select few that are very harsh with their beliefs, in that, what they know to be right is the only right answer. Because of these people, often times a whole religion, or even race, can be descriminated against or even feared while a majority of those who practice it just want the same freedoms as other Americans. The freedom of religion also gives the citizen a freedom from religion. We can all pick the God or Gods that we want to believe in, or we can choose to not believe in any God. There should be no reason that a person has to follow a certain religion, or any if they do not want to.
while doing research for journal three, i don't know if i uncovered the best information, but i think i did uncover some very interesting information. i was amazed at how many times that John Winthrop had been married. his women kept dieing on him. my resource did not give incite into how they were dieing, it could have been child birth, disease, or they could have really hated their husband... i digress, he kept remarrying because the puritans had a belief than no man should spend his life alone. so, their belief promoted marriage and remarriage if necessary. in a historical context, the number of times that John Winthrop was married is not important, but i find it very interesting. to see my source, click http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap1/winthrop.html
today, the freedom of religion is still a basic freedom that we enjoy today. it is one of the corner stones of our society. if we relinquish this freedom, what else will we give up? however, with all of these freedoms, we are bound to step on people's toes. for example, we are free do practice Christianity, however we are not allowed to say "Merry Christmas!" i believe this is ridiculous and i will continue to say merry Christmas even though it pisses people off. i do not prevent anyone from sharing any of their religious beliefs publicly, so do not stop me.
Freedom of religion in our society causes many problems, mainly because there are so many different religions. When you get so many a few are going to have conflicting views on the same subject, and the government cant pick on side because that would look like they though one was more important. A good example of this is the pledge of allegiance.
For many years everyone said 'In God we trust" but now there are so many different religions that the people that don't believe in God are offended or don't want to say the pledge of allegiance. Now the school districts are completely cutting the pledge of allegiance out of elementary schools so no one is offended. Simple things like that become huge issued because of our countries right of religious freedom. I understand why some people would think saying that is against their religious freedom, but its sad that I grew up saying that every morning before school and my children wont even know what the pledge of allegiance is!
Freedom of religion is very important to the American identity, because it allows us as people to express what we want and not be punished for what we believe in. Also it helps us identify with others and create a sense of self.
Freedom of religion is very important for Americans. I find being able to believe whatever i want, without anyone telling me how to think is very important and i do not think i would give up anything for this right. This freedom of people believing different things can cause great troubles. Some people believe only they are right and starts fights, or will discriminate against others just because of their religion. It takes great strenth to stand up for your believes when everyone else is not the same as you.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Holding on is really going great for me. The best part of the book to me is the way the book is set up, for instance, the book talks about stories or random people regardless of their class, race, gender, sexuality, and religion background. I am not having a problem with active reading except that sometimes I get distracted, so it took couple of times to read it to get the whole meaning.
The profile that most stand to me is Moreese Brickham. “ don’t worry everything will be alright.” I like how the person has hope, even though his chance of him getting out of jail is very slim, he kept his hopes high and kept on believing.
Holding on is very good and is talking about lots of interesting stories. So far i didnt see anything bad about this book. And my active reading about this is really good i dont have any problems about it but there are some words and sentence that are really hard for me to understand other than that is really good. Steam train Maury Graham was my favorite profile because his story was really interesting touching. He started beaing a hobo at age of 13 and started going from state to state. "you in those bum camps and you might not come out of there. they will rob you and then hit you in the head," This was really good the way hobos help each other and that little secret they have to have few pebbles in their pocket and then throw the pebble in to the ground.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
According the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 7,225,800 people were on probation, in prison or on parole in 2009. This number represents 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population. Of this number, 2,297,400 were behind bars. The United States has the most number of prisoners in the world. This number has grown by nearly a factor of 5 since 1980. This growth has been mostly due to the War on Drugs which sends people to prison for nearly any drug offense. The other concern is the financial impact as it cost $22,632 in 2002 per year to imprison a single inmate. Lately it appears every federal and state tax dollar is being cut which either means more prisoners will have to be released early or more inmates will have to be crowded into smaller and smaller cells. In either case this situation will not end well unless the government helps inmates prepare for their new lives. I'm not certain if I have a lot of hope for these inmates as it's so difficult to find a job today. Some of these people may commit new crimes just so they can go back to prison in order to have a warm bed and a roof over their head.
My favorite story so far would have to be Segundo Mugarra, Basque sheepherder. Segundo in my mind is a happy guy. He herds sheep and lives in isolation. What gets to me is he happy. He seems like a minimalist and does what he loves. This outlook of being content with one’s life is something I believe we all try to achieve.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The profile that stood out most to me was the one about Hinkel Schillings and Shade pate, the hunters. I admired their shared culture in hunting. They both fell in love with it at a very young age, and had families very involved in that type of sport. I also appreciate the respect they show for their dogs. Even though one of the dogs, Corene, only had a single eye they still enjoyed watching her hunt with the others.
The person in our reading that stood out to me the most was Marta Becket. She was interesting to me because she was always a dreamer. Maybe it was easier years ago to rent out a space and move your entire life. But now I don't know many people that are willing to do that. But it was her dream and she still loves it! It nice that she is selling out most of her shows. That was the most stunning part to me, she was selling out shows held in a town where the population was 7! So there was obviously tourists coming to see her. She was an interesting read.