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Religious Extremism

A Different Kind of Dot Com Boom

Julie Shain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Julie Shain

In a world where marketing and messaging has moved online, we cannot afford extremist groups the legitimacy and recruitment possibilities attached to a formal web address. When what lies behind these digital storefronts are violent extremist groups, we have a responsibility to stand up and say no.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bill Maher?

Mike Mennonno | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Maher in this case is not. What he and his strange bedfellows are promoting is way more dangerous to democracy than Islam could ever be. Religious extremism will not destroy America. But it's not fear of religion that will ultimately defeat religious extremism, either.

Rising Religious Extremism in Bangladesh

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

All Muslim extremist groups suppress and diminish women. Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Swat, Pakistan for wanting to go to school and many young girls in the Muslim world have been brutalized for resisting arranged marriages.

Pressing Questions on The Relationship Between Religion and Daily Life

Amr Khaled | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Amr Khaled

We must admit that there is something wrong. The current representation of religion does not respond to the needs of society, nor does it answer the pressing questions of our time. There is a gap between our understanding of religion and the current era, born as a result of the lack of interaction between religion and contemporary life.

Did Prophet Muhammad Warn Us Of ISIS 1,400 Years Ago?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

1,400 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of Islam but its name, nothing of the Quran but its word, and that many "Mosques would be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance" (Mishkatul Masabih).

What Good Is Technological Progress Without Moral Progress?

Queen Rania al Abdullah | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Queen Rania al Abdullah

How about we pause, put down our devices, look up and listen to our hearts and our consciences? Not so much 'connectivity' as just connecting with each other. And if that moral progress could keep pace with technological progress then that would be, well, real progress.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

Regarding the "Small Minority" of Religious Extremists

Gad Saad | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

It is imperative that when discussing issues such as what constitutes a "small minority" of religious extremists, that we be armed with the proper statistical information along with the ability to process the relevant data in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

Inside Pakistan's Religious Schools (PHOTOS)

The Associated Press | MUHAMMED MUHEISEN | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Thei...

Sen. Paul and His Blinkered Vision

James Peron | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Randal Paul is on an anti-immigration bandwagon in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo: Why Satire Matters

Robert F. Darden | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

If Charlie Hebdo were to close because of this senseless, horrific massacre, then we're all lessened by its loss. The magazine stands for a lot more than just a few thousand subscribers and a few uncomfortable French politicians. It stands for the ability of humanity to transcend its darkest impulses.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Are Homegrown Terrorists 'Lone Wolves' or 'Stray Dogs'?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
Allen Frances

Media discussions immediately focus on the psychology and motivations of the killers. What leads someone to murder massively and randomly? How much are these true believing political/religious extremists? Or are they mentally ill?

Are Religious and Political Extremists Crazy?

Allen Frances | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Allen Frances

Jumping to a fake mental disorder diagnosis in everyone who is violent has another serious downside. It unfairly stigmatizes the mentally ill, most of whom are not violent.

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

On Making Abortion Go Away

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Abortion opponents can make it impossible, unthinkable, illegal; they cannot make it a thing of the past. Because women desperate to end unwanted pregnancies will always, always, always find ways to do so. Some of them, as is already happening, will die trying

Religious Extremists Carried Out Apparent Suicide Bombing In China

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

URUMQI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities say that two religious extremists carried out a terror attack at a train station in far-western Xinjiang re...

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

WATCH: I Used to Be In A Cult And Here's What It Did To My Brain

Diane Benscoter | Posted 11.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Diane Benscoter

2013-09-26-benscoterpull.jpgExtremism has become a sensationalized catchall phrase, often used by politicians and mass media to polarize and to label groups of people as "the bad guys." But, what is extremism? And how do we get to the root of its destructiveness?

God's Purveyors Of Hate Revisited

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.