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$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Adam Nagourney, "Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in Californian Town". In: The New York Times
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Comprehension
1. Outline the events that have put Porterville on the politival map.
Analysis
2.1       Examine the different attitudes towards homosexuality put forward in this article.
or
#examination
2.2    Compare the way the people of Porterville reacted to this divisive issue with other controversies caused by the culture wars in the US you are familiar with from your coursework.
#culturewars#comparison
Comment/ Creative Writing (Choose one.)
3.1       Discuss whether or not culture wars are tearing the US apart. Use this article as a starting point.
or
#discussion#culturewars
3.2       Imagine you are a German exchange student who is spending a year abroad in Porterville – thanks to a scholarship by the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. As one of the requirements of the scholarship, you write an article for the website of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, in which you reflect on your year abroad focussing on the recent events in Porterville and other culturally controversial issues in the US.

Write that article.
#article#culturewars
Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in Californian Town
by Adam Nagourney (The New York Times, September 26, 2013)
 
PORTERVILLE, Calif. — The mayor of Porterville did not give it much thought when a local gay activist in this remote Central Valley farming town asked her to proclaim June a month of gay pride. But when the mayor, Virginia R. Gurrola, settled into her seat at City Hall to sign the proclamation, people were pouring out of the chambers and into the hallways,
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citing Scripture in opposition to what she had thought of as a simple ceremonial gesture. Her four fellow City Council members announced they would not join her in signing the document.
And as of last week, Ms. Gurrola was the former mayor of Porterville, voted out in a sudden reorganization meeting pushed by her dissenting Council members. The Council,
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over her objections, revoked the gay rights proclamation, replacing it with a more anodyne measure calling for “good will to all.” “This was nothing other than a desire to be inclusive as a community,” Ms. Gurrola said. “I never dreamed of the controversy it would create.”
“The proclamation was a proclamation,” said Ms. Gurrola, 62, the mother of three sons (and grandmother to seven) who is a retired director of admissions at Porterville College.
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“We could have gone on from there. We could have gone on and continued with the business of the city.”
Instead, the fight here stretched over a summer, angering stunned public officials and residents in a community where the Council is more typically embroiled in battles over sewer rates or a tire repair shop that wanted to open in a residential neighborhood.
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The events in this small town stand as a reminder that at a time when many states are adopting same-sex marriage and other public support for gay rights has grown markedly, the issue is polarizing in many parts of the country. That is even the case in California, a state that, if increasingly Democratic, has a large swath of deeply conservative regions.
“I refuse to marginalize them down to one identifier, their sexual 30 persuasion,” said
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Cameron J. Hamilton, who replaced Ms. Gurrola as mayor. “The gay proclamation is strictly about being gay when in reality everybody is much more than that.”
Mr. Hamilton said that he had a “gay sister and a gay cousin in Hollywood” and that his opposition to this was different from when he championed a City Council resolution supporting Proposition 8, which in 2008 banned gay marriage before ultimately being
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overturned by the Supreme Court.
Proposition 8 was a religious stance on my part, in support of traditional marriages,” Mr. Hamilton said. […]
The three Council meetings devoted to this subject drew a large attendance of Mormons and members of the Church of the Nazarene, a powerful force here. Mr.
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Hamilton is a member of the church, and its minister, Mark Pitcher, offered a 50-minute sermon against homosexual conduct in the middle of the debate, and posted it on the church’s Website.
“Same-sex attraction is not a sin,” Mr. Pitcher said. “What is the sin is acting upon that attraction. We’re all tempted but temptation does not become a sin in your life until
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you act on it.”
In the course of his sermon, Mr. Pitcher expressed regret at what he said was rising pressure from society — including the news media and the entertainment industry — to press the acceptance of homosexuality. He argued that gay men and lesbians tended to live shorter and unhappier lives, be more prone to disease and suicide, saying, “We are
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praying for them to come into a right and growing relationship with Jesus.” […]
As a result, Porterville has been wracked by a season of intense debates and neighbor-versus-neighbor meetings in which people denounced homosexuality as a sin and demanded that Ms. Gurrola repent. Three gay rights activists were arrested for disrupting one of the meetings.
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“I have never been more terrified,” said Melissa McMurrey, who heads Porterville, a gay rights organization. “There’s no words to describe what it feels like to hear people go up there and say we’re into bestiality, and having someone next to you saying, ‘Amen, praise Jesus.’ ”
Mr. Hamilton, 55, said he, too, had “never experienced anything like this,” though said that
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both sides were guilty of excess. For all that, the mayor said he thought the dispute was being portrayed in a way that was unfairly giving Porterville a bad name.
“It made it sound like we beat the hell out of them and would never embrace them — this redneck Central Valley desert town,” he said. “There’s just no truth to that at all. We’re a very loving community.”
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Annotation
l. 5   Scripture       sacred religious texts, here: the Bible
l. 29   Proposition 8       a referendum held in California in 2008, which aimed at
banning same-sex marriage and was approved by the majority of voters in the state
l. 34   Church of the Nazarene       a Protestant Christian Free Church
l. 46   to wrack       here: to suffer great pain
l. 47   neighbor-versus-neighbor       here: meetings where the local community gathered
and meetings which led to confrontations
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Part 1: Non-Fiction Text

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Adam Nagourney, "Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in Californian Town". In: The new York Times
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Comprehension

1. Outline the events that have put Porterville on the politival map.
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung geht es darum, dass du den Text zusammenfasst im Hinblick auf die gegebene Fragestellung.
Beschreibe die politische und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung Portervilles im Hinblick auf die Rechte Homosexueller.
Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
Analysis
2.1       Examine the different attitudes towards homosexuality put forward in this article.

Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du die verschiedenen Standpunkte des vorliegenden Artikels zum Thema Rechte Homosexueller analysieren.
Achte darauf, dass du deine Lösung logisch aufbaust und mit Zitaten belegst.
Gliedere deine Lösung in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss.
or
2.2    Compare the way the people of Porterville reacted to this divisive issue with other controversies caused by the culture wars in the US you are familiar with from your coursework.

Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du einen Vergleich zwischen dem Artikel und anderen Kontroversen aus den culture wars, die du aus dem Unterricht schon kennst, ziehen.
Bei deinem Vergleich sollst du Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede ermitteln und aufzeigen.
Comment/ Creative Writing (Choose one.)
3.1       Discuss whether or not culture wars are tearing the US apart. Use this article as a starting point.

Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, in dem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast. Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun? Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um die Rechte Homosexueller. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.
or
3.2       Imagine you are a German exchange student who is spending a year abroad in Porterville – thanks to a scholarship by the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. As one of the requirements of the scholarship, you write an article for the website of the CongressBundestag Youth Exchange, in which you reflect on your year abroad focussing on the recent events in Porterville and other culturally controversial issues in the US.

Write that article.

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Vergiss nicht, dir einen guten Titel zu überlegen.
Da es sich um einen Artikel im Rahmen deines fiktiven Stipendiums handelt, kannst du auch deine eigene Meinung miteinfließen lassen.
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Part 1: Non-Fiction Text

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Adam Nagourney, "Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in Californian Town". In: The New York Times
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Comprehension
1. Outline the events that have put Porterville on the politival map.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung geht es darum, dass du den Text zusammenfasst im Hinblick auf die gegebene Fragestellung.
Beschreibe die politische und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung Portervilles im Hinblick auf die Rechte Homosexueller.
Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung geht es darum, dass du den Text zusammenfasst im Hinblick auf die gegebene Fragestellung.
Beschreibe die politische und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung Portervilles im Hinblick auf die Rechte Homosexueller.
Was sind die wichtigsten Punkte in diesem Artikel? Ebenso ist es wichtig, dass du deine eigenen Formulierungen benutzt und nicht zitierst.
The article "Unlikely Debate on Gay Rights in Californian Town" by Adam Nagourney was published in The New York Times in 2013 and deals with the issue of gay pride in a conservative farming town.
Einleitung
Titel, Autor, Thema
The mayor of Porterville, Virginia R. Gurrola, was asked to proclaim June a month of gay pride by a local gay activist. Porterville is a remote farming town where the church is a very powerful force. So when the Mayor wanted to sign the proclamation in favor of the gay activist, she had to face strong opposition. In order to issue the proclamation she needed the signatures of the four other City Council members. But no one joined her in signing it.
Then, she was voted out of Council. The Council revoked the gay rights proclamation and neutralized it by replacing the proclamation with a measure that called for philanthropy towards everyone. That was a measure that did not officially include or emphasize gay rights.
The Mayor that followed Gurrola's position was famous for his disapproving position against same-sex marriages. Three Council meetings took place to deal with the topic of gay pride in Porterville. That also attracted the attention of the Mormons of Porterville and the members of the local church. As a result, a very long sermon against homosexuality was offered and published online. To practice homosexuality was declared a sin. Many intense debates and neighbor-versus-neighbor-meetings followed where people criticized the church's and new Mayor's position. Some gay right activists were arrested, and the gay right organization of Porterville expressed it's fear concerning the disputes and the negative trend discriminating gays.
Hauptteil
Inhalt


proclamation in favor of gay pride




local rejection
The new Mayor emphasized that the dispute was only portrayed in an exaggerated and negative way and described Porterville as a very loving community.
Schluss
#outline
Analysis
2.1       Examine the different attitudes towards homosexuality put forward in this article.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du die verschiedenen Standpunkte des vorliegenden Artikels zum Thema Rechte Homosexueller analysieren.
Achte darauf, dass du deine Lösung logisch aufbaust und mit Zitaten belegst.
Gliedere deine Lösung in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du die verschiedenen Standpunkte des vorliegenden Artikels zum Thema Rechte Homosexueller analysieren.
Achte darauf, dass du deine Lösung logisch aufbaust und mit Zitaten belegst.
Gliedere deine Lösung in Einleitung, Hauptteil und Schluss.
The article presents different attitudes towards homosexuality and Gay Rights. In Portville, a Californian town, a debate was issued that showed many conservative views on the topic although it is a town in a normally open-minded state with many liberals.
Einleitung
The request of a gay activist from Porterville to proclaim June a month of gay pride lead to a long dispute within the community. On the one hand, it showed that even in a rural town like Porterville there is acceptance and tolerance towards gays. The former Mayor Gurolla wanted to sign a proclamation in favor of gay rights and show that gays are part of the community. On the other hand, it showed the firm conservatism of the town.
Hauptteil

opposing standpoints
The four Council Members that did not sign the proclamation showed their caution and intolerance by choosing a more neutral measure. They "revoked the gay rights proclamation" (Text, line 10). As a result a fight "stretched over a summer, angering stunned public officials and residents in a community" (Text, line 17). In times of same-sex marriages and public support of gay rights, the local showed an adversivly and conservative attitude against a modern and open-minded proclamation. In addition, the church stirred the opposing locals and Council Members up against the gay activists. The two churches of Porterville officially declared homosexuality as a sin and thus marking it as a religious and social taboo by offering "a 50-minute sermon against homosexual conduct" (Text, line 35-36). The minister also stated in his sermon that homosexuality lead to illness and shortens life. It is the cause of depression and can lead to suicide. By this sermon the minister not only showed the conservative attitude of the church but also that the church still tries to stigmatize gays and to reject them socially. The minister also regretted in his sermon the "rising pressure from society […] to press the acceptance of homosexuality" (Text, line 41-43). This statement underlines the churches opposition of gay rights. Homosexuality is still as an abnormality and immorality that should be forbidden.
In the numerous debates and meetings there were also supporters of the gay rights that "denounced homosexualty as a sin" (Text, line 47). But the article mentions only the arrest of gay right activists. This leads to the assumption, that the debates must have been very intense but more over that the gay rights activist probably are also being discriminated by the police. Maybe this indication adds to the expressed fear of the head of the gay right organization of Porterville who also expressed

intolerance

conservatism




role of the church













supporters
All in all, the article shows two different attitudes towards gays.
On the one side, are those who are open-minded and supportive. They do not judge the gays and want them to be a normal part of the local society. Above all, they want them to live without social restrictions.
On the other side, the article shows how firmly rooted conservativism and the church are. The churches of Porterville proclaim old and discriminating beliefs about homosexuality and stir locals and public oficials up against homosexual people.
Schluss
or
#examination
2.2.    Compare the way the people of Porterville reacted to this divisive issue with other controversies caused by the culture wars in the US you are familiar with from your coursework.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du einen Vergleich zwischen dem Artikel und anderen Kontroversen aus den culture wars, die du aus dem Unterricht schon kennst, ziehen.
Bei deinem Vergleich sollst du Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede ermitteln und aufzeigen.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du einen Vergleich zwischen dem Artikel und anderen Kontroversen aus den culture wars, die du aus dem Unterricht schon kennst, ziehen.
Bei deinem Vergleich sollst du Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede ermitteln und aufzeigen.
Even nowadays, the US is reigned by their conservative puritanism. Back in the days, when the Founding Fathers reached America they had a vision of a free American people, a people supporting christianity. They wanted the Americans to be traditional, christian and upholding social conservatism.
Einleitung
The article shows that few has changed since the Puritans landed at the shores of America. The disappoval of locals and officials of Porterville underlines that puritanism and outdated conservatism still plays a great role in the minds of the people. But not only the topic of Gay Rights or Gay Pride reveals the traditional and strict form of puritanism.
America is a country that has old-fashioned christian beliefs. Hence, abortion is also a very delicate topic. It is a fact, that there is a strong opposing attitude towards woman who use their right to choose whithin legal boundaries and decide whether or not they are going to keep a fetus. But supporters of abortion are facing intimidation, vandalism, violence and even murder. Since the beginning of 1990s, several people have been murderes for helping women who needed an abortion.
Hauptteil






Beispiel: abortion
Of course, the events in Porterville are not as extreme as in the cases referring to abortion. But the prevailing mood is obvious: America is a country that is not ready for changes. Even when those changes are part of the modern age. And above all, that it is a very restrictive society full of limits and borders. In both cases, one could say that the society and church restrict personal decisions, freedom and free-will. It is everyone's personal right to love whoever they want and having or not having a baby as well. But the society of the US is too conservative and judgemental to loosen the ties from church and puritanism.
Another example that underlines the puritanism of the US is that the church is overly political. In the US, there is no official separation between the state and the church. Nevertheless, it plays a decisive role. The church is also the factor why America still is a conservative country. Though, there is a right for religious freedom there seems to be no right to live a non-conservative life, as one can see in Porterville. The church is not only overpolitical but also has power over the American society. Referring to the issue of abortion, there a numerous priests that fight for the end of abortion and thus, form public opinion. In many fields the church can be seen as a trigger for stiring up.
Porterville



conservatism






Beispiel: overly political church
The firm grip of the Church over the minds of the Americans can be seen as an explanation for the reaction of the people in Porterville. It seems that Americans are strongly connected with the church there. The conservative church uses this connection in order to form public opinion in accordance with their religious beliefs. The church can be seen as someone that stirs up a hornet's nest. And this is why the people in Porterville reacted in an extreme way. Because basically, the locals and officials only opposed vehemently a proclamation that aimed at naming a month of gay pride.
Schluss
#analysis#culturewars#comparison
Comment/ Creative Writing (Choose one.)
3.1       Discuss whether or not culture wars are tearing the US apart. Use this article as a starting point.

Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, in dem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast. Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun? Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um die Rechte Homosexueller. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe sollst du einen Kommentar verfassen, in dem du dich mit kulturellen Auseinandersetzungen und Problemen in den USA befasst. Beziehe dich dabei auf den vorliegenden Text sowie Hintergrundwissen, das du dir im Unterricht angeeignet hast. Bei einer solchen Aufgabe ist es wichtig, dass du dir im Vorfeld Notizen machst. Was sind Problemfelder, die sich in den USA auftun? Einen Ausgangspunkt hast du bereits mit der Diskussion um die Rechte Homosexueller. Du solltest dich hierzu äußern aber auch andere kontroverse Themen nicht außer Acht lassen.
The events of Porterville are only one example for the controversal and polarizing issues within the American culture wars. The discrimination of homosexual people is a cultural and political topic since the 1990s. But the cultural problems risen from the cultural war are multi-layered and experts fear that this is tearing apart the country.
Einleitung
Though there are several states in the US that have legalized gay-marriage there are still many more that need to follow. In addition, there are numerous cases of discrimination in the field of employment and housing. That means that people are not beeing hired or are not able to rent the house they want because of their sexual orientation. Sadly, there are also many crimes motivated by hate towards homosexuals. Besides, there are social and religious oriented movements that support discrimination and hatred against homosexuals. Those conservatives believe that gays undermine the traditional beliefs upon which the US is founded on. In reality, there is no logical or reasonable basis for denying homosexuals their rights. The truth is that conservatism and puritanism discriminating against homosexuals revokes the right of all Americans to be treated equally and ruins the American Dream, the symbol of freedom and self-fulfilment.
Hauptteil

Bezug zum Thema des Artikels

Problematik: Rechte Homosexueller
But there are many other controversal debates in the US. Racial tensions seem to be the major cultural problem that the US is facing right now. The US is grappling with a racial divide wider than it has been for at least a generation, struggling with the frequent boiling over of unrest which has been simmering since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Five officers were killed in Dallas earlier in the year, reflecting a consistently sharp divide on the subject among Americans. A Pew poll showed that 84% of black Americans believed that police treat blacks unfairly.
Research also suggests that there may be possible discrimination by the judicial system, which contributes to a higher number of convictions for racial minorities. In addition, the research found that juries formed of all-white jury members convict black suspects significantly more often than white suspects.
Ungleichheit
Another big controversial topic in the US is capital punishment. Proponents argue that it is a human rights violation. The right to life is the basic right of any human being. Every individual has a right to live whether criminal or not. It is, furthermore, believed by the offenders of the capital punishment that this punishment in a biased, and perform in racial manner. This is because approximately 48% of the criminal in federal death row are African American, thus, it is advocated that Capital Punishment is used racially.
People who are proponents of the death penalty argue that if the criminal can dare to snatch away liberty, peace, lives from any individual then the justice says that he should also be deprived of all these facilities leading to a comfortable life it the society. Another controversial argument is that capital punishment is the cheapest way to deal with felons.
Todesstrafe
There seems to be little common ground when it comes to these topics discussed above. Neither side wants to approach the other one. By blaming the other side no progress will be made and the country will indeed tear itself apart. There needs to be a healthy discussion between Liberals and Conservatives in order to ease the cultural tension in the US. Both sides have to commit themselves to improve the situation, without the will to solve these controversial topics, there won't be any change. When discussing these matters, Americans should remember the important words of Abraham Lincoln, who said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Schluss
or
#discussion#culturewars
3.2       Imagine you are a German exchange student who is spending a year abroad in Porterville – thanks to a scholarship by the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. As one of the requirements of the scholarship, you write an article for the website of the CongressBundestag Youth Exchange, in which you reflect on your year abroad focussing on the recent events in Porterville and other culturally controversial issues in the US.

Write that article.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du einen Artikel schreiben. Achte darauf, dass du deinen Artikel in Einleitung- Hauptteil- Schluss gliederst.
Vergiss nicht, dir einen guten Titel zu überlegen.
Da es sich um einen Artikel im Rahmen deines fiktiven Stipendiums handelt, kannst du auch deine eigene Meinung miteinfließen lassen.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabenstellung sollst du einen Artikel schreiben. Achte darauf, dass du deinen Artikel in Einleitung- Hauptteil- Schluss gliederst.
Vergiss nicht, dir einen guten Titel zu überlegen.
Da es sich um einen Artikel im Rahmen deines fiktiven Stipendiums handelt, kannst du auch deine eigene Meinung miteinfließen lassen.
Morals of America

American culture seems to be deeply divided. On one side there are those who believe there are absolute moral truths. They are the conservative part of the US. On the other side are those who place moral authority in individual judgment and those are the progressive part of the country. As a result two very polarized views clash on issues of homosexuality, abortion, school prayer and many other topics. It is no wonder that the population is increasingly polarized.
Einleitung
Though I have often heard that most Americans are moderate or centrist in their religious beliefs I have witnessed otherwise during my year abroad. I lived in a town near Porterville, where both conservatives and progressives clashed heavily with one another.
Back in 2013, the former mayor of Porterville was asked by a local gay activist to proclaim June a month of gay pride. Theoretically, a course of action that is quite unexciting. But not in Porterville. The gay activist's request started a controvery that lastet for several months. This even included the church that grasped at the chance to be part of the show. Though it was a show it was not a funny one. Because the ones to suffer where homosexuals, that probably already had their problems with being accepted in such a small rural town.
In Porterville, the gays were stigmatized as sinfull beasts that were beyond redemption. According to the church, gays are prone to illnesses, depression, suicide and live a shorter and unhappy live. Of course, homosexuals have lost all faith and morals. These statements were part of a modern sermon even though they sound like common medieval beliefs. The sad part was not that the church uttered nonsense but rather that the residents of Porterville believed in it and started to exclude and patronize the homosexuals of their town.
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There is great respect for religion in the US. It is a country, that is both secular and diverse in its religions. The church is secular, that is true. It is not a political institution and does not play any role in legislation or jurisdiction, but it does play a great role in the heads of the people.
During my year abroad, I noticed that there is a substantial insecurity about the role the church should play. On the one hand there are the progressives that do not want to be moralized or patronized and on the other hand there are the conservatives who belief in the morals and ethics of their churches. Undoubtetly, the church is of the opinion that it should play a major role. True, issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion may be new as a polarizing cultural issue but how can they be solved when conservatives and churches clinge to the puritanmorals of the Founding Fathers? Regardless of when these morals were determined.
When I think of America, I still think of individualism. I observed how Americans believe in their Individualism and fight for it. But not to excess.
Abortion is an individual decision, too. Similar to homosexuals, these women have to face exclusion and condescension. I saw many poster on the street that advertised anti-abortion movements. I saw moral condemnation on nearly every poster on the street. Religion seems to be everywhere having a firm grip on public opinion.
In this context it seems odd that American justices ruled that official prayer has no place in public education. But even the issue of school prayers has been polarizing and widely misunderstood. People think that the court forbade students to pray on their own when in truth the government officials decided that they had no business composing a prayer for students to recite. Because in short, a public school's approach to religion must have a legitimate educational purpose, not a devotional one. Public schools should not be in the business of preaching to students or trying to persuade them to adopt certain religious beliefs.
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There are widespread ethics and morals in the US. Though, individualism is an important quality of the Americans they seem to be depentent on the chruch. Of course, this does not apply to all of them. Not without reason, one can speak of an American culture war. But as far as I experienced in my year abroad, neither side want to approach the other one. Especially, when both sides have the feeling that their individualism could be in danger.
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