In the Spring Semester of 2016, I took the honors class titled Understanding Religious Intolerance. This 3-credit-hour class took place twice a week and consisted of multiple readings from two books, Religious Intolerance in America and Religious Tolerance in World Religions, in addition to three essays throughout the course of the semester.
This experience fleshed out my thoughts of the mechanics of intolerance and the roots of harmony between religions. In addition, I learned a lot more about various world religions, including new religious movements (NRMs), including Islam, Buddhism, and Wicca, to name a few.
The most critical part of this class was the independent research. While we could use our books, the information in these books was not enough to base a paper on, and therefore could only be used as supplement. The independent research spanned from worldwide cases of intolerance to local ones.
This experience was a great one that expanded my thinking and allowed me to conduct more intellectual conversations on the issue of intolerance. It also allowed me to know when a person was complaining legitimately or just had preconceived biases on a particular religion.
This is an assignment from the class that had us research misconceptions that lead to intolerance of a particular religion, in this case, Islam.