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Appendix D

Select at least 1 religious and 1 ethnic group not your own from the list below.

• Religious groups (based on http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/affiliations-all-traditions.pdf)

o Christianity

• Evangelical Protestant
• Mainline Protestant
• Historically Black Churches
• Roman Catholic
• Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
• Jehovah’s Witnesses
• Orthodox (Greek, Eastern)

o Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform)
o Buddhism (Theravada or Mahayana)
o Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufism)
o Hinduism

• Ethnic groups (based on divisions in U.S. Census Bureau documents)

o Asian (Asian descent)
o Black (African descent)
o Hispanic and Latino (South or Central American descent) o Pacific Islander (Polynesian descent)
o White (European descent)

Part III

Answer the following questions in 150 to 250 words each about the religious group you selected:

• How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups (such as in their beliefs, worship practices, or values)? I choose Jehovah Witnesses, Jehovah witnesses beliefs are based on their interpretations of the bible and they prefer to use their own translation. They believe that the destruction of the present world system at Armageddon is imminent, and that the establishment of Gods kingdom on earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humankind. Jehovah witnesses are best known for their door to door preaching, distributing literature such as the watch tower and awake and refusing military service and blood transfusions. They like for people to listen to them and their beliefs but the minute you start to talk about the belief that you believe in they are ready to leave. And they will not go inside a church for anything. And they do not celebrate Christmas. They follow their own rules where as their way is the right way and there is no other way.

What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices? Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that it is vital to remain "separate from the world. Watch Tower publications define the world as the mass of mankind apart from Jehovah’s approved servants and teach that it is ruled by Satan and a place of danger and moral contamination. Witnesses manifest their world-renouncing beliefs in many ways. They avoid involvement in social controversies, remain politically neutral, and do not seek public office. The Watch Tower Society has stated that voting in political elections is a personal conscience decision, though a Witness who takes any action considered to be a "violation of Christian neutrality" may face religious sanctions. They refuse participation in ecumenical and interfaith activities, abstain from celebrating religious holidays, and reject many customs they claim have pagan origins. They do not work in industries associated with the military, nor serve in the armed services, and refuse national military service, which in some countries may result in their arrest and imprisonment. They do not salute or pledge allegiance to national flags or sing national anthems or other patriotic songs.

In what ways has the religious group you selected contributed to American culture? Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that it is vital to remain "separate from the world. Watch Tower publications define the world as the mass of mankind apart from Jehovah’s approved servants and teach that it is ruled by Satan and a place of danger and moral contamination. Witnesses manifest their world-renouncing beliefs in many ways. They avoid involvement in social controversies, remain politically neutral, and do not seek public office. The Watch Tower Society has stated that voting in political elections is a personal conscience decision, though a Witness who takes any action considered to...
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