Pakistani children hold placards during a protest in downtown Islamabad, October 6, Unfortunately, both sides -- Middle East and West -- hold a number of common misperceptions about each other, informed more often by stereotypes than by facts or firsthand knowledge. Arabs are people who speak Arabic as a native language and identify themselves as Arabs; Muslims are those who practice the religion of Islam.
Colorful story lines are written to pique the interest of audiences, not to paint an accurate picture of serial murder. Media stereotypes and hyperbole create myths and great distortions in the public consciousness regarding the true dynamics and patterns of serial murder in the U.
The Reality of Serial Homicide in the U. Serial killings account for no more than 1 percent of all murders committed in the U. Based on recent FBI crime statistics, there are approximately 15, murders annually, so that means there are no more than victims of serial murder in the U.
If there are fifty, then each one is responsible for an average of three murders per year. Serial killers are always present in society.
However, the statistics reveal that serial homicide is quite rare and it represents a small portion of all murders committed in the U. Persistent misinformation, stereotypes and hyperbole presented in the media have combined with the relative rarity of serial murder cases to foster a number of popular myths about serial murder.
The most common myths about serial killers encompass such factors as their race, gender, intelligence, living conditions and victim characteristics. All Serial Killers Are Men. This is simply not true but it is understandable why the public would hold this erroneous belief.
When the lethality of a femme fatale is presented in book or film, she is most often portrayed as the manipulated victim of a dominant male. This popular but stereotypical media image is consistent with traditional gender myths in society which claim that boys are aggressive by nature while girls are passive.
In fact, both aggressiveness and passivity can be learned through socialization and they are not gender specific. The reality concerning the gender of serial killers is quite different than the mythology of it. Although there have been many more male serial killers than females throughout history, the presence of female serial killers is well documented in the crime data.
In fact, approximately 17 percent of all serial homicides in the U. Therefore, relative to men, women represent a larger percentage of serial murders than all other homicide cases in the U.
This is an important and revealing fact that defies the popular understanding of serial murder.
All Serial Killers Are Caucasian. Contrary to popular mythology, not all serial killers are white. Serial killers span all racial and ethnic groups in the U.
The racial diversity of serial killers generally mirrors that of the overall U. African-Americans comprise the largest racial minority group among serial killers, representing approximately 20 percent of the total.
Significantly, however, only white, and normally male, serial killers such as Ted Bundy become popular culture icons. Real-life serial killers are not the isolated monsters of fiction and, frequently, they do not appear to be strange or stand out from the public in any meaningful way.
Many serial killers are able to successfully hide out in plain sight for extended periods of time. Those who successfully blend in are typically also employed, have families and homes and outwardly appear to be non-threatening, normal members of society.
Because serial killers can appear to be so innocuous, they are often overlooked by law enforcement officials, as well as their own families and peers.CELTIC DEITIES. The gods and goddesses, or deities of the Celts are known from a variety of sources, these include written Celtic mythology, ancient places of worship, statues, engravings, cult objects and place or personal names.
This resource is intended to: (1) provide background knowledge about Muslim people and Islam, (2) dispel stereotypes and myths and replace them with facts and information, (3) suggest ways that educators can address these important topics in the classroom and (4) provide relevant key words and definitions.
However, Christianity and Islam have their similarities in religious beliefs and their differences in expansion between the two religions.
The Arabs like the Christians and the Jews, believed in unseen spirits such as gods, desert spirits, demons, and so forth. In conclusion, by comparing Greek and Roman gods, you can see both similarities and differences between gods of the two ancient societies.
Greek and Roman religions are similar, because the Roman mythology was founded based on the Greek. Religion and mythology are related but different. Religion and mythology both involve cycles of creation and origins of human life.
This can make it difficult for some people to distinguish the two, but there are distinct differences. This activity will help students identify similarities and differences between the U.S. Muslim population and the entire U.S.
population. It will also help dispel common stereotypes about Islam. Many religions have things in common. At the same time, each is unique. In the shared category, Islam.