4 Nov

I will be bloging about the Westboro Baptist Church and there beliefs. This is the video I will base my blog on for the next few weeks.

This video is a great example of all ways one can be discriminated against. Not only is there the typical discrimination on race but there is hatred towards religions against the military people because they fight for America. This video also shows some examples of Gender roles, even though they are not as obvious due to the outrageous controversial attacks in this video. Another thing I will be discussing in future weeks in the hatred towards anyone that is a different sexual orientation. Another thing I would like to discuss is different racial roles in this church.

This video is a good example of social identities and how almost everything that defines a person affects how people look at another. Also the people of the church think that they have conferred dominance over everyone one else. This causes for everyone else to be oppressed by this group. Also this is an example of instutional discrimination due to them thinking that they have control over these groups. Also cultural imperialism is existent. It also makes me question the role that women play in the families in the church. There are examples of institution homophobia as well as homophobic conditioning. These will be the main things that I will be focusing my blog on for the next few weeks.



3 Responses to “Introduction”

  1. morayjam November 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I definitely think the strongest directions you can go are with discrimination involving religion and sexual orientation, just because those are the identity markers that Westboro Baptists target most often. Thankfully people this ignorant are no longer in positions of power, so they are not a dominant group, but it’s terrifying to think of what America was like when they were (thinking of The Crucible). I’m not informed on any racial or gender discrimination that Westboro members take part in, but I can’t say I would be too surprised, based on their already zealous acceptance of ignorance. As I’ve only heard of the Westboro Baptist Church from time to time on the news and never really researched it, I’m looking forward to future posts.

  2. daniellesnyder November 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I’m excited to follow this post, because talking about churches and their reactions to others based on identity markers is a risky topic to talk about, and this is a very good example of all the issues that you mentioned. I was extremely appalled by that young boys’ reactions to the interviewers questions, and the things that these parents are teaching their kids, thinking that it’s a positive way to raise them. This is a very extreme example of conferred dominance and conditioning, good choice on a very controversial issue.

  3. elizabethjane7 November 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    The Westboro Baptist Church is a fascinating group to study due to their outrageous religious beliefs. In Harro’s article the Cycle of Socialization- his diagram illustrates how most of us receive our stereotypical or social beliefs. The boy in the video illustrates how the children of the parents in the Westboro Baptist church are strongly influenced by family and friends- is there any evidence of people trying to counter the views of these children? I think it would be interesting in this blog to examine how this church started (by who, where and when) perhaps that would illustrate how they expanded on subtle stereotypes to make it an extreme hate.

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