Simran Jeet Singh on the importance of teaching religion studies

As a high school teacher of religion/religious studies, I co-sign these concerns:

“Teaching about religion is not just about understanding politics. It’s also about creating cultural literacy, ensuring that our young people are familiar with the diverse people they meet on the street. University brass often refers to this kind of literacy as a civic good, but as a brown-skinned, turban-wearing, beard-loving man in Donald Trump’s America, I submit that people knowing who I am and having an appreciation for my religious heritage can mean the difference between life and death.

“Think about it from the perspective of those who are minoritized: By stripping away our commitment to religious diversity, we are actually making our communities less safe.”

Read the full article: “Why universities — and the rest of us — need religion studies”.


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