Guests: Atiya Aftab, Esq.; Rabbi Jason Cook; and Kerri Willson
Recognizing religious biases is crucial in a campus community with various faith groups. Dr. Joan Collier talks with members of the Rutgers community, Rabbi Jason Cook, Atiya Aftab, and Kerri Willson to discuss how religious biases affect certain groups differently, how we as an institution can be more inclusive of different religious groups, and the value in bridge building between communities.
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Read the transcript for episode six, "Religious Bias."
Antisemitism is a form of prejudice or discrimination against Jews. It is based on the belief that Jews are inferior to other groups and should be excluded or persecuted because of their religion, culture, or ethnicity. Antisemitism has a long history, and it has taken many forms, from violence and discrimination to religious and economic persecution. Antisemitism continues to be a problem in many parts of the world, and it has been linked to hate crimes and other violent acts against Jews. Efforts to combat antisemitism include education, legislation, and support for victims of antisemitic attacks.
An Interfaith Council is a term that is used to refer to a group or organization that brings together people from different religious traditions to promote understanding and cooperation. An interfaith council can have a variety of different goals, such as promoting dialogue and mutual understanding among different religious communities, working together on social justice issues, or providing support and resources for interfaith families. Interfaith councils often include representatives from a range of different religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and others. The specific activities and goals of an interfaith council may vary depending on the context and the needs of the community it serves.
Islamophobia is a term used to refer to fear, hatred, or prejudice against Muslims or Islam. Islamophobia is a form of bigotry and discrimination, and it can manifest in many ways, including violence, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace or in other settings. Islamophobia is a widespread problem, and it affects Muslims in many parts of the world. Efforts to combat Islamophobia include education, legislation, and support for victims of anti-Muslim attacks.