To use clips from the media and written information to understand the advantages and issues of living in multi-faith society. Grades C You will be able to identify at least 3 advantages of living in a multi-faith society. Grade B You will be able to explain why religious conversion and multifaith marriages may present issues within a multi-faith society. Grade A-A* You will be able to evaluate whether multi-faith societies are better for religious people or not. http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/n ol/newsid_5390000/newsid_53 93600/5393692.stm?bw=bb&m p=wm&news=1&ms3=6&ms_ja vascript=true&bbcws=2 Watch the clip and answer the following... What do you think was the motivation behind this hate crime? The UK is made up of many races, cultures and RELIGIONS... Before WW2 there were few people who followed a religion other than Christianity... WHY DID THIS CHANGE? The UK called upon members of the Commonwealth to help rebuild Britain. In the 60’s and 70’s there was a large influx of people from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This led to a growth in Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. It makes people think more about religion and their own beliefs. Look at the sheet which has ten arguments on it. It helps to stop religious conflict and tension – e.g. Islamaphobia New ways of living and enjoying life – e.g. Yoga, dancing, meditation... Some are advantages or plus points of living in a The multi-ETHNICADVANTAGES society – label those “ME” of a multi-faith society... People canare learn about RELGIOUS FREEDOM –a Some advantages or plus points of living in other religions – it can religious groups will be help them to see what able to live“MF” peacefully multi-FAITH society – label those religions have in common. People are more likely to be more understanding, tolerant, and respectful to other religions. together. Remember to write a key at the bottom. Grades C You will be able to identify at least three advantages of living in a multi-faith society. It has not been easy for the UK to become a multi-faith society. There have been many instances over the years of religious tension and religious motivated violence and hate crimes (like in the starter activity). INCLUSIVISM AND EXCLUSIVISM Most believers (and nonbelievers) in the UK accept that leadshould tobefurther people allowed to follow whatever religion they issues in are want. However some people not so sure and think that their religion society... is the right one and that EVERYONE should follow it. There are THREE main views... RELIGIOUS EXCLUSIVISM INCLUSIVISM PLURALISM Only ONE ONE religion • • Only religionisis completely right. • Many religions lead right the rest are to • Other WRONG. religions God should be RESPECTED but people • • People should have Members of the should be encouraged to FREEDOM to worship RIGHT faith shouldany CONVERT. religion OR none . CONVERT the rest. When believers from different religions live together in one place there can be issues if one religious group tries to convert another. Should members of a religious faith try to convert other to their faith? Watch the clip from the Simpsons “she of little faith” (11.18-13.00) YES • They want you to go to NO heaven • It could be seen as • Theydiscrimination may think their the correct • religion No oneisshould try to one and they to need to force anyone believe show you anything • Everyone the right • Faith ishas a personal to religious freedom matter Grade B You will be able to explain why religious conversion may present issues within a multifaith society. Read the problem opposite. Highlight the issues faced in this letter on your copy. How might these problems lead to conflict and tensions between religions? Dear Deirdre, I'm a Christian guy who loves a Muslim girl and we have been in a relationship for about 3 years. Everything was going smoothly until we had a discussion about marriage and future plans. Secondly, the issue is how our kids will be raised. Though she agreed that she doesn't mind our kids being raised Christian, she said she wouldn't help me in doing so. I personally feel that kids should be nurtured under a single religion and both the parents should actively participate in this activity. The problem is that I am sure her parents would not agree to us marrying. The only option is to get secretly married and reveal it at right time to her parents (this might prove costly as I'm sure her family would react badly to the news). I don't know what to do and am really confused about the whole thing. I’ve tried talking to her but we always end up arguing and the issue is never resolved. Tom from Leeds. Grade B You will be able to explain why interfaith marriages may present issues within a multifaith society. Complete Q3 on p44 of your exam booklet. To help you plan your answer, start by making a list of the benefits and challenges of living in a multi-faith society. Grade A-A* You will be able to evaluate whether multifaith societies are better for religious people or not. Now place the post-it on the progression TREE – assess your OWN progress today... List 3 things you have learnt from today’s lesson... RED (bottom of tree) I am working at a grade C I was able to identify at least 3 advantages of living in a multifaith society. YELLOW (middle of tree) I am working at a grade B I was able to explain why religious conversion and interfaith marriages may present issues within a multi-faith society. GREEN (top of tree) I am working at a grade A-A* I was able to evaluate whether multifaith marriages help promote community cohesion within a multi-faith society.