Religion and Privilege

Discussion: Religion and Privilege

For citizens in some countries, religious oppression is common and long standing. While freedom of religion is guaranteed in the U.S., religious intolerance still exists. According to the Equal Opportunity Employment commission, the number of lawsuits filed for religious discrimination doubled between 2000–2010 (Pledger, 2011). Social workers must be alert for the complex ways that religious privilege functions. By creating an awareness of the privilege given to some while marginalizing others, social workers can understand how this bias impacts their clients.

By Day 3

Post an explanation of the connections between privilege and religion. Describe a situation in which members of a religion experience privilege. Describe a situation in which members of a religion experience religious oppression. Research and report on a situation in which that group experienced treatment on the other end of the spectrum of oppression or privilege, either in the present day or during an earlier historical period. 

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Adams,  M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga,  X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.).  New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Chapter 46, (pp. 264-265)
Chapter 52, (pp. 298-301)
Chapter 49, (pp. 275-278)
Chapter 58, (pp. 319-321)
Chapter 60, (pp. 325-328)

Required Media

Mogahed, D. (2016, February). What do you think when you look at me [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/dalia_mogahed_what_do_you_think_when_you_look_at_me

Phelp-Roper, M. (2017, February). I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/megan_phelps_roper_i_grew_up_in_the_westboro_baptist_church_here_s_why_i_left