Free Research Paper About Environmentalism And The Latter-Day Saints
In the article written by George B. Handley entitled, “Latter-Day Saint and the Environment,” three main points are made. The first is that the “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” does not make any political stand on the issues of environmentalism in order to stay-out of politics and remain as neutral as possible. The second is that its teachings and culture alone will make each Latter-day Saint caring enough for the environment. The third is that there are numerous Latter-day Saints who engage on pushing forward the aims of environmentalism. As I read this article I realized one concept in environmental science, which is sustainable development. What this concept basically teaches us is that stable and sustainable solutions to problems whether they are social or environmental if all stakeholders will engage in safeguarding the solution. Indeed, Handley’s suggestion that communities need not rely on organizational level of environmentalism, but must concentrate on personal or in the individual level. This will make sure that everyone becomes a steward to his or her environment. It also ensures active participation on group level efforts to help preserve or rehabilitate the environment.
Handley, George B. Latter-Day Saint and the Environment. 2015. Web. 9 February 2015. <http://saveourcanyons.org/campaigns/resources/latter-day-saints-and-the-environment/>.
Article Response: When Buddhists were Public Enemy No. 1
Peter Manseau’s article entitled, “When Buddhists were Public Enemy No. 1” has an unclear topic and purpose. It begins with the Dalai Lama visiting the United States and then shifts to the struggle of the Japanese Buddhists during World War II when they were persecuted by the US government for being Japanese. Manseau, at the end of his article, suggests that suppressing any religious group would suppress the American ideology of free religion implying that non-integrationist Muslims should not face any form of condemnation by the government or by the American public. In my opinion, Manseau’s arguments are very loose and week; they do not support each other. The case of the Japanese persecution was not more of a religious suppression but a form of contingency measure that is based on racism. The US government feared that the Japanese-Americans would side with Japan.
Manseau, Peter. When Buddhists were Public Enemy No. 1. 4 February 2015. CNN. 9 February 2015.