Only one cheese (american cheese), but many religions

I use this slideshare about humour in religions because el tema del día es “American Religious Pluralism and Tolerance”, en este grupo hay gente de varias religiones, que yo sepa al menos católicos, musulmanes, protestantes y anglicanos, muchos de ellos fueron el domingo a misa o a la celebración correspondiente de su iglesia. Es muy interesante ver cómo reflejamos cada uno lo que creemos y lo que ocurre en nuestros distintos países. Por otra parte lo que más me gusta es ver que a veces alguien se sorprende mucho de alguna cosa que hacen los demás (or even gets shocked) pero a la vez todos vamos abriendo la mente a nuevas formas de ver la realidad. Por ejemplo yo ya sabía que en India o Pakistán los matrimonios son en la mayoría de los casos concertados entre los padres, pero sorprende conocer a alguien que está comprometida de esa forma y que está esperando a casarse para conocer y poder ver a su futuro esposo. Este por ejemplo es el caso de mi compañera de habitación cuando salgamos de viaje. No puedo opinar mucho sobre esto, por lo visto los matrimonios que se hacen de esta forma en la India tienen menos índice de divorcios (según me comentaba Rajendran), y ya sabemos que al final uno tiene que aprender a amar con el paso del tiempo, aunque claro está me sería muy difícil estar en su situación por no decir imposible.

Me he salido del tema de las religiones y me he metido en el de la cultura, lo cierto es que el día me ha gustado mucho. No voy a extenderme solo a poner las ideas principales y los links. Otherwise I won’t have time to do my homework, go to the gym, etc. (+ we are going to a movie session tonight to watch “El Norte” a film about immigration.

The irony of religious separation from the state is religious intensity because no one is afraid of other religions becoming the official religion of the state.
But this is different to separation of religious and politics. Politicians have their own religious believes and these are clearly exposed and reflected in their opinions.

Anne Broadbridge from University of Massachusetts gave us a talk about Islam in America or, as she said, about “How to teach students about others and how to do it when they know something about the topic but you know it is wrong ” or it is not without prejudices. It was a very clear lecture.
In the afternoon we had a panel discussion, again lot of information. There were 4 people:
Jules Chametsky, a Jewish Rabbi.
An article about Jewish humor by him.. He recommended to have a look at the religious report by the Pew forum.
Another panelist was a Reverend from the Episcopal Church (they belong to the Anglican Church). He says that once he spent sometime in France and what surprised him was that there was many kind of cheese but only one predominant religion, just opposite to what happens in the United States. And on the Muslim side Anne Broadbridge and Nevine, a Muslim woman from Egypt who has lived for 10 years in America. Jules talked about the orthodox Jews and the non orthodox ones that even accepted homosexual Rabbis. The Episcopal Church also accepts that now. This was one of the points that raised some controversy in the room. The reverend also talked about the market side of religions in this country, as they depend on the money from the practitioners they need to sell themselves well.

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