2 Discussion Board Replies.....please reply to the following students 150-200 words
Discussion Board 1
Dr. Garzon, I was about to gain more insight about Arab Muslim. One point that stood out was that 3% of people are a part of the Christian population and 97% are Muslims. I never put much thought into the religion as I assumed majority of the people were Muslims. Rheam mentioned that she is from Jordan and many people have misconceptions about her culture. A lot of people think that they are all Muslim. However, she is a part of the 3% who are Christians. Christians in Jordan are viewed both positively and negatively. Many people in her culture believe that Christians follow the first beliefs, and religion. They believe that the Bible is corrupted! They also view Christianity from what they have seen from television western movies. They watch how Christians live. Then they begin to change their thoughts from the previous biases they had consumed. Many of Rheam friends came to know Christ because of the light they have seen from Christians. She was living the Christ life that allowed us to follow.
Rheam also mentioned that it’s not fair to say that all Muslims are terrorist either. Terrorist are a group of people but not all Muslims are terrorist. I appreciate her saying that not all Muslims are terrorist. Sometimes people try to place a culture in one box. It’s never right to assume that all people are the same. Stereotypes has caused a lot of people to view other in a negative way. The Bible states that we should look at the speck in our own eyes before looking at the speck in our brother’s eye. We should never be quick to judge others. Yet we should be swift to seek an understanding. Dr. Garzon stated that Most Muslims are good people who do not support terrorism and want the same opportunities in life that everyone else does. To understand radical Muslim extremist ideology, an important clarification is needed (Garzon, 2011). Many Muslims are known for seeking peace and comfort from other Muslims. Overall, I enjoyed reading about the Muslims. The three themes that stood out is to not judge people based on what you have already heard. People should be genuine and have an open mind and heart to receive others. Lastly, it’s good to learn other cultures besides your own.
Discussion Board 2
I found this week’s culture very interesting to study and learn about in our readings and course material. Arab Muslim’s are often viewed to Americans as scary, potential terrorists, which as Rheam pointed out is not always the case. With the exception of radical and extremists, the Arab Muslim culture is not necessarily a violent one. Regardless, Americans generalize this culture to the point where life can be unbearable for these people. The three themes that stood out in helping me understand Arab Muslims better are entertainment, which can help give a more comprehensive understanding of Islamic extremist terrorism, generalizations based on personal experience, and how to interact with Arabs.
Rheam mentioned briefly the effect the media has on shaping our expectations of other cultures. Much like when we watch movies that feature Arabs, Jordanians in particular from their stereotypes of Christians from American movies, whether they are faith based or not. Assumptions are made from the media on a daily basis, and we should be careful not to assume that every Arab we see on television is a Muslim, or that the bad guy in a movie is the terrorist. Unfortunately, these stereotypes and assumptions are based in some truth. America is a very Christian nation, and most Arabs are Muslims, however it is simply wrong of us to assume that correlation equals causation.
Mentioned earlier, generalizations are often made in reference to Arabs that are not always accurate. Like interaction with all cultures, we must be careful in the way we think about Arabs. Not all Arabs are Muslim, and not all Muslims are violent terrorists. While in recent years Americans have seen Muslims as a violent group, these are simply generalizations based mainly on 9/11 and ISIS. Both identify Arab people as being out for blood, when in all reality most Arab Muslims are peaceful people. A friend of mine in college was an Arab Christian and he was the first one to open my eyes to this.
Last, much can be learned from studying the belief system of Arab Muslims. Most American counselors have little to no experience interacting with someone of this culture, however it is not unlikely that this will continue as our population expands and grows. We must learn to watch our internal reactions and be compassionate, and act with understanding. Rheam provided much insight on Arab Muslims, and caused me to check my bias and generalizations at the door. If I had the opportunity to ask one question to Rheam, I would be curious to know what kind of generalizations/discrimination she has personally experienced as a result of being Jordanian.