World Religion Faire Preparation

Write a blog post responding to a minimum of two of the questions you might get asked at Exhibitions listed below:

  • Why do world religions matter?
  • What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
  • What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?
  • What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?
  • What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    Respond (in a professional academic manner) to at least three other people’s blog posts

140 thoughts on “World Religion Faire Preparation”

  1. What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I think I’d politely but firmly offer a counter view to the one they were expressing. Getting angry would only add fuel to the argument, and make it easier to dismiss me as overly emotional. Giving a calm, logical response on why all the world religions matter is a much easier way to break through the prejudice, and hopefully make them rethink. Most people aren’t unreasonable, and when they’re being prejudiced, it’s because they’ve only seen one side of a matter. Giving them another viewpoint without openly challenging them offers them an opportunity for them to see the other side.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    I doubt that will happen, because the main part of my presentation is food, which the visitors won’t get until the end of my presentation. I’ll tailor each presentation to the people I’m presenting to. If they don’t know a lot about my religion, I’ll share some of the basics I’ve learned. If they do know a lot, I’ll share facts that I found interesting, and how our book relates to the religion. If they seem to be losing interest, I’ll cut it short so as not to bore them. I’m sure plenty of people will walk past my booth, as they are mostly there to see what their kids have done, but hopefully having an engaging display will encourage them to come learn more.

    1. What if someone walks path your booth or isnt engaging? Try and make your booth look fun and maybe joke around with them to keep them from walking away.

    2. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
      If someone were to try and argue with me at my booth it’s more than likely I could possibly have incorrect information, so I would review my notes to see where I went wrong. If the argument was about something that I knew was right on my part I would try and see where they are coming from and respect their views but then clearly state what I believe to be true and tell them that it’s great to have your own opinions.
      What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?
      I would respectfully listen to what they have to say because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, I would not argue with them because it would only make the argument worse.

  2. I think that if somebody is trying to contradict something that we say we should just be open to there contradiction and agree with what they have to say. Many people have very strong outlooks on religions and people could get offensive if you give a counter argument to their religion.

  3. If someone is overly engaged and tries to argue, I will politely say that I am not very religious and I’d prefer not to argue. I might suggest having them argue with another group.

      1. I personally like Walter’s idea of letting them know that I’m not very religious and say that you’re not suggesting one religion is better than another.

        1. You might mention also that the religion isn’t your own religion. For example, your’e talking about Islam and that doesn’t mean you actually belong to the faith.

          1. I strongly agree with this because we don’t honestly know everything about every religion, we have briefly gone over them, but since they aren’t all of my faiths I don’t have enough knowledge to go on about them and offend others.

  4. If someone decided to debate with me about my groups religion i would just discuss with them about what all i know and talk to them about events that occurred in the book my group read.

  5. What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I would politely say I am sorry you feel that way toward the religion, and ask that they bare with us since it is a final project. and if they continue to express their feelings while we present I would ask for assistance by a teacher or ask that they keep their comments and feelings to themselves. But not engage into an argument with the person.

    1. I like your plan to ask a teacher if they are out of hand. I think it’s a good idea to not try to handle that on your own

    2. I agree, involving a teacher wouldn’t be a bad idea in an argument, they know more about religion than us anyways

  6. World Religions matter because they educate and show why or how people live the way they do and the history behind this. World religions are very different from each other depending on where you go, and some are very close in relation. The point is that understanding different religions will further help everyone except and be more understanding of different peoples life styles and cultures. If someone argues with my group or myself about our religion I would respectfully tell them the history and background info on my religion, why they believe the things they do and other general info. If they continue to argue I will most likely respectfully say that I understand what they are saying and how they feel and maybe they could learn and educate more about the religion they disagree with.

    1. I agree with what you said. Also with being respectful when If someone tries to argue with you or your group about your religion.

  7. Why do world religions matter?

    Billions of people worldwide follow many religions, and they are important to cultures today and have influenced history and politics.

    What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    If they interrupted or were otherwise rude, I would ask them to please wait until the end to ask questions. If they brought it up politely as a question, I would hear them out because I might learn something from them. However, it is likely that the contradiction relates to differences between denominations of the religion, and I would explain the differing opinions on the subject.

  8. If somebody blatantly expresses hatefulness, the best way to ease out of it would be to
    A: mention the book; mention all the facts or items that relate it
    B: explain that this is merely to expand people’s knowledge of other faiths, not to convert or press upon others.
    C: explain that this is a presentation for a class, not what you believe in (unless you DO believe in that religion).

  9. If somebody isn’t engaged or ignores your booth you should just be happy because that is one less person that you have to worry about impressing.

  10. Why do world religions matter?

    World religions matter because it has a great influence on cultures, the way of belief, and the way people live.

    What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    If someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness towards a faith, I will try my best to educate them on their misjudgment of the faith and inform them on their errors.

    1. Telling a person who is prejudice it is wrong to do so is not the best of ideas, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, if they cannot base their prejudice on factual evidence, debate politely and professionally.

  11. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    I’m not saying you should just sell out, but you might say something like “I apologize if my information isn’t correct, I was under the impression of this……”. Yes the night is to show what we learned but you can still always learn something new.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    If someone isn’t interested in your booth then that is on them. You can’t force them to be interested to hear what you have to say.

    1. If they aren’t interested, just say hi and keep it polite! They won’t come to you if you beg them………..Well, they might.

  12. What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    I would show them the activity and try to draw them in with it. If they are still uninterested I would let them go because I don’t want to force someone to listen to me.

    Why do world religions matter?

    They matter because for many people it is how they live there life. It is what people believe and it is important to know why they think that. it is important to know other peoples culture and believes.

  13. If someone expressed hatefulness or prejudice I will awkwardly pretend it didn’t happen and continue to talk about the religion.

  14. If someone walks away or is not engaged I will try to get them involved so they do listen more. If the person still doesn’t want to listen or wants to see my booth i will respect there decision and let them go

    If someone is showing hatefulness towards my booth or wants to argue with my points i will listen to them and see if they have better information and see if we can find common ground and agree on the points.

  15. Q. Why do world religions matter?
    A. World religions matter because it helps people see how people around the world live and their way of life.
    Q. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
    A. If someone argues with me or the religion that I’m talking about, I will just say how you don’t have to believe in it or anything but it is a way of life and it’s important to know things like this because it shows that everyone is different and everyone lives different ways.

  16. world religions are important because it gives people hope. People like to believe in some kind of higher power to explain the unknown and to predict what’s to come. It gives people something to look forward to and feel a sense of fulfillment.

    If someone contradicts your religion it would be wise to just ignore them. People are beings that act upon their emotions. They like to contradict and argue. People sometimes may not know what they are talking about so you shouldn’t take their words to heart. If you believe in your religion then just stick to it and don’t let anyone ruin it for you.

  17. What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I would say more power to them, they are exercising their Constitutional rights and they have a right to their opinion. I will argue as a result of my own personal views that could also be in agreeance or counter what the individual has said. I would be professional and polite though.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    Depending on how much I know about the specific topic, I am always willing to engage in a debate.

    1. If they are too engaged wouldn’t it also be best to try to include the other people around so they can stay engaged in the presentation? That way you aren’t spending most of your time focused on one person.

  18. Why do world religions matter?
    World religions matter because it is a good idea to try understand what others believe in. If you disagree with someones point of view, chances are you don’t understand what they believe in or how they think.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?
    If this happens I think the best way to get them engaged would to ask politely if they would like to learn more about your religion and add something about a fun interactive activity that is displayed in your booth.

  19. If someone is not engaged in my presentation I will do my best to think of some of the more bizarre aspects and traditions in the religion. If that is not working I will see if they have any questions about the religion or if they have heard of anything similar to Igbo.

    If a person decides to talk too much during my presentation I will ask some of the other people their thoughts about Igbo and will ask other people if they have questions. If subtle hints don’t do the trick then I will politely ask them to hold onto their questions until other people have had a chance to ask their questions.

  20. If someone tries to argue with you at your booth, you still need to be respectful. You can debate your point of view in a professional way.

  21. If someone argues with me I’ll just politely say “I’m sorry but this is what I learned and all that i know.”

    If someone walks past my booth or walks away it wont hurt my feelings because they are there for their own kids not me.

    1. I agree with Jayda. I will not get my feelings hurt because parents have the intentions of listening to their children.

  22. If someone is not engaged in your presentation and you are giving it your all. just let them walk away some (not all) parents are just their for their kids and do not really care about what other students they have never met before have to say about religion

    If someone argues with me I would listen to what they have to say and provide them with the knowledge I received about my religion and tell them i understand if you do not believe what i am saying but I a just telling you what we learned in class

    1. I like that you’re not just agreeing with them, but you’re also not saying you know more than them, just stating what you learned

  23. What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    If someone is overly engaged in our booth, i will either point at mp or Jason to see if they can argue with the person. If they cant we will say that we provided them with all the information we know and they can research the rest on their time.

    Why do world religions matter?

    religions matter because they state different believes that people might have and it gives the right because people o chose what they want to believe without be forced.

  24. What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?
    I would take that as a sign that i need to be more engaging to my audience or do something that will interest people to come and listen to my presentation.
    What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?
    if someone is showing hate towards a religion i would politely tell them that no one is forcing them to like a religion they are just being taught a few things about different religions and they can still believe in what they want.

  25. I think that if I were to get into a really big discussion on my religion it would be best to just keep the conversation going instead of just rudely stopping the conversation.

  26. What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    I think that when someone is about to walk past your booth maybe introduce yourself to get there attention or ask a question about something with your religion to engage them and bring them to your booth. If you see that someone is becoming uninterested in your booth and starts walking away try to bring up something interesting that you can debate and talk back and forth with. Also, make sure your presentation isn’t boring with just only information.

  27. Why do world religions matter?
    Religions matter because it’s a way people choose to live and what they choose to do and worship.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation?
    Carry on as long as you can and try to go into further detail about what you are going to discuss.

  28. Why do world religions matter? World religions are a way to define who we are, even if you don’t practice a religion. It helps us find others who are like us.

    What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you? Personally, I would say everyone has their own opinion. Religions aren’t factual, it’s all based on ones beliefs.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth? Politely wait for someone else to come along. Not everyone is going to be interested in every single booth.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? I will tell them I’ve only learned a limited amount of stuff about this religion and if they are interested they can google it.

  29. Why do world religions matter?
    They matter because it gives and individual a way of life. It enables a person to have standards to live up to and see a light in attaining these goals. Whatever religion it is, it has matter. Religion can help a person to become a better person.

  30. i’m super passive about people debating educational stuff so I would just nod my head and agree with them to move on and not have a pointless discussion with old people.

  31. i believer world religion are very important to our world and the culture so if someone disagrees with something you say just say state your opinion and move on the the next topic.

  32. What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    I would smile, thank them, and move on.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)\

    I would use statements such as “my research informed me” and things like that. However, if it goes beyond my knowledge, I would admit that I don’t know.

  33. Why do world religions matter?
    A: They give people a sense of purpose and reason to live. If some people didn’t think we live to serve a higher purpose they might not want to continue living. Religions are there to give people purpose and inspire new ideas/life. Lots of technological advances, advances in all areas, is linked to someones beliefs and the belief drives them to stride towards greatness.

    What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
    A: Give them credit where credit is due and try to give counter arguments where it is not due.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)
    A: Give options for debate between tellings to others or after the exhibition night, seek other options I believe than to continue to let them interrupt/fight you.

  34. •What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    If someone is overly engaged and wants a debate, I don’t really think I will debate with them because I don’t know enough about the religion to rant on and try to tell someone what I honestly have no experience with. I will try and talk to them about it and let them tell me what they know and how they feel, but not exactly have a debate about the religion.

  35. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    If someone tries to argue with me I would just politely not reply to their argument and simply change the subject.

  36. Why do world religions matter? World religions matter because it’s important to have a good understanding of people’s beliefs. Also, elsewhere in the world, religion really makes up a place’s culture.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth? If someone isn’t engaged in your booth, you can politely ask them things like, “Do you have any questions?” or “Is there anything else you’d like to know?”

  37. What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)
    If this happens I would politely ask them to allow others time to ask questions and if they wait until not so many people are there
    that I would love to further discuss.

    Why do world religions matter?
    World religions matter because it is good to be educated on religions other than just your own so that you can form opinions and just become more knowledgeable overall.

  38. There isn’t much you can do if someone walks away from your booth when you are in the middle of talking (you don’t want them to feel uncomfortable). But if you see someone walking towards your booth try to strike up a conversation or make your booth look fun and exciting.

  39. What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?
    Politely ask if they know the basics of that religion. Ask if they know what the practices are.
    If not tell them and then proceed to talk to them about that religion in a positive point of view.

  40. If someone is be hateful toured a fair then you can defend the faith respectfully if you want or you can not argue with them.

  41. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
    If someone contradicts me or just argues with me, I will put forth my best effort to communicate effectively and without personal emotions. I would state that this is what we learned from studying the religion and religion based books. I would accept their contradiction and hear them out but try not to argue back to prevent making them angry.

    What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I would state that it is a religions fair and that there are several different religions featured and if they don’t want to learn about mine there are plenty of other religions to learn about. If they hate all religions there is a cooking show right next door.

  42. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    If someone tries to contradict or argue with me, and they clearly know a few things about the religion I’m presenting, I will probably say something along the lines of, “I did not know that. Thanks for sharing!” Then I would continue with what I was saying.

    What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I would say, “Listen, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want people disrespecting my faith. Please try to be a little more respectful.” If they choose to walk away, that’s their problem.

  43. religion matter because they what people believe in someone may not agree with you on your religion.
    If someone agreed with me on my beliefs i would be happy because many people wouldn’t agree with me.
    If someone did say hatefully thing to me i would get very mad at them because mu native m=american beliefs are very important to and i take them to a high level.

    1. You can’t get mad at someone at an exhibition night. This is supposed to be a showcase of our work. The best thing to do is to try and stay professional and continue with your presentation.

  44. What if someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith?

    I’d let them know that we’re not trying to suggest that one faith is greater than another, and that we are just letting others know what this religion believes.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    I’d like to let them know we received only certain information about a faith and that we’re not scholars.

  45. Why do world religions matter?
    They matter because it gives insight on people around the world and what they believe in. If we didn’t understand what people from different countries believed in it would be hard for us to relate in anyway.

    What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    I would simply say I understand and didn’t know that aspect of the religion and if they weren’t hasty I would thank them for the additional information.

  46. What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    I think it is great when someone is overly engaged however the knowledge on one of the parties may be too small and if others come by it may be a problem. The only way to quickly disengage is to admit that your knowledge is very limited and if a debate admit that they are right.

  47. •Why do world religions matter?

    World religions matter because they resemble other peoples beliefs. Its important to understand what other countries believe in and understand other peoples way of life besides our own.

  48. should someone choose to contradict you or argue don’t snap back. just kindly allow them to finish them defend your case if it persists just move on to the next topic or text siemer/sullivan to come and help.
    if someone walks away make sure you have enough emotion next time and don’t make it boring.

  49. If someone expresses blatant prejudice or hatefulness toward a faith the best thing to do is give them the basics and see their point of view. You can see why they feel that way towards your religion and then give your point of view in a professional manner.

  50. Q: Why do religions matter?
    A: Religions matter in so many ways. Religions can stem from many ways, mostly because of how you many have been raised or how you many feel about life. Spiritually and mentally all people are different. Just because you believe one way doesn’t mean you have the right to go and criticize other people for believing a certain way. Learning and educating yourself is the only way to learn why other people may think this way. Never judge someone of there beliefs because your uneducated or don’t feel the same way.

    Q: What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
    A: Everyone has a right to their own option, and for this reason listen and not say anything tell the end of what they have to say. It doesn’t matter what other people say if you believe in a certain religion don’t let other people change your choices in life.

  51. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?
    If someone tries to argue with me, I will listen to what they have to say and maybe ask them how they know it is true. I will be respectful.

    Why do world religions matter?
    World religions matter because they resemble the behaviors of people through out the world. If we understand the beliefs of others then we can understand how to talk to others in the world.

  52. if someone is overly engaged in your presentation that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The best thing to do is to complete your presentation and then you guys can talk about the religion after the presentation.

  53. What should you do (be specific) if someone contradicts or argues with you?

    I’d tell them to go argue with someone else because I’m not religious and I don’t really care.

    What if someone is overly engaged in your presentation? (wants to debate, etc.)

    Let them be overly engaged. That’s the point right?

  54. Why do world religions matter?

    World religions matter because many things in life seem to be spiritual. Religions make some people, their beliefs, and the way they view things in life. They have something to believe in.

    What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    That would be upsetting but I would try to make my next audience more engaged. I would try to interact with them more and try to make my presentation more interesting.

  55. What if someone is not engaged in your presentation or walks away during your presentation? Or even walks right past your booth?

    There isn’t much you can do about this. If they suddenly walk away you must quickly conclude your presentation and thank them for visiting at all(without orally saying the at all part). This may happen frequently. If they leave before you can conclude you should reset and not take it to heart.

  56. There will always be prejudice , hate and Ignorance the best thing you can do is respectfully disagree and talk to someone else.

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