Religion and Politics Continued Mr. Carney CPW4U 2011
Fundamentalism • A fundamentalist believes that he or she has the ‘truth’ and that anyone who deviates from the ‘truth’ is a form of evil. • It is a strict adherence to a set ideology. • Christian Fundamentalism – if you don’t take the bible literally you are not a Christian. There is no possibility of a middle ground. • Suggesting that parts of the bible could be taken metaphorically would deem non fundamentalists, non Christians. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f0ZHaoSnf0
The Danger of Fundamentalism • When religion is used as a device for political gain, the chance of a negative outcome is probable. • Fundamentalism is a rigid form of thought, and does not necessarily fit into a definition of the common good for all people. • In a pluralistic society, Fundamentalism becomes increasingly difficult to exist.
Coup D'état • A radical overthrowing of the government. • A coup d'état happens with 24 hours. It is a result of a mob like group over turning a government with force. • A coup d'état is a radical form of democracy – the mob rules, even when the government fails. • Most recently, a Coup D'état attempt happened in Ecuador. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Yifzg2mBw
Political Protest • Political protest is an expression of democracy. • It is the ‘mob’ voicing their concerns. • Various forms of political protest happen constantly throughout the world.
Vietnam protests • Americans protest the USA involvement in Vietnam. • President Johnston imposes the ‘draft card.’ • Mob protests demonstrate by burning the draft cards. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTJgMmHZNYQ&feature=related
1960’s-1970’s • Marks a time when ideologists and conservatives clashed like no other. • Music, Art, Drama, are excellent recounts of the time. Political protests were often enhanced through the art forms. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVCJC5wIFbA
1960’s and 1970’s • A central theme of peace was promoted by the ‘mob’ and a growing suspicion of the governments ulterior motive. • Anti establishment / anti government • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to5d4p4aYiQ
Folk Hero’s • Bob Dylan – The Times they are a Changing • Phil Ochs – Universal Soldier • These idealists effectively promoted a peaceful resolution to war by empowering the youth.
June 5th 1989 • Tiananmen Square – the ‘Tank Man’ protests the Chinese military forcible removal of protesters from Tiananmen Square in Beijing. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ • This is raw footage of ‘Tank Man’ or ‘Unknown Rebel’
G20 Toronto Protests • Demonstrators accused leaders of turning blind eyes to countries with people in great need. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKsHc-ozD4 • The protests took a violent turn when riot police used force to restrain protesters. • Police were accused of brutality.
Task • Based on our class exploration of the three original ideologies – Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism. Please state the pro’s and con’s of each. (pro’s and con’s are unique to every student) • Please write an opinion piece about your own ideologies. Refer to any of the ideologies that we have discussed in class.