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Religious Extremism

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.

What Turns Ordinary People Into Religious Extremists?

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

There are many reasons behind why an average person may do something harmful to an innocent person while seeing it as a good deed. Each reason is multi-dimensional.

Tony Blair Is Wrong About Islam

Nathan Lean | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Nathan Lean

Blair refuses to consider the possibility that the disastrous foreign policies of the West might possibly have aggravated tensions in the Middle East and throughout the world leading to occasional acts of violence.

Jerusalem Church Defaced By Suspected Jewish Extremists

AP | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israel police say an investigation is underway to find vandals who defaced one of Jerusalem's best known churches. Spokesman Micky Rosen...

Fundamentalist Christian Monsters: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you of monsters and monstrous wrongs. And let me tell you what these bloody monsters thrive on.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

Malala's War -- Diary of a Pakistani School Girl

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

Let us add our voices to Malala's voice and fight this hypocritical madness. This is a crime against humanity and Muslims must come together from every corner of the world and set the record straight.

Taliban Beheads 17 Afghan Civilians

Reuters | Ahmad Nadeem | Posted 10.26.2012 | World

* Killings bring back memories of Taliban rule * Authorities call for investigation * Taliban deny role in killings ...

WATCH: How To Deal With Homophobic Religious Extremists

Jordan Bach | Posted 07.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bach

These pastors choose to use their pulpit to spread pain, disharmony, and hate in the world. I choose to broadcast a message of peace, forgiveness, hope, and understanding -- with the intention of validating the millions of gay people who live, love, and learn around the world.

Cosmic War Comes To Toulouse

Mark Juergensmeyer | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Mark Juergensmeyer

The killing spree by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse, France is an eerie reminder of the War on Terror. It has come when we thought that religious terrorism was a thing of the past.

4 Myths That Led To The NYPD Attack On Muslim Civil Liberties

Daniel Tutt | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

The damage that these scandals have caused in severing the lines of trust between law enforcement and the Muslim community may be irreparable in the short term, but it is not too late for the NYPD to begin assessing the policies that led us here.

Turning Enemies Into Friends In Israel And The Palestinian Territories

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

Religious moderates must build new bridges of coexistence or religious extremists will burn the last bridges of peace.

Religious Extremists in Israel and How the Mainstream Must Combat It

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

If we Jews are enjoined to emulate our patriarch Jacob who wrestled with an angel, then surely we must also respectfully challenge our spiritual leaders and reclaim our human voice.

Egyptian Elections: Five Reasons to Stick With the Process

Neil Hicks | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

Egypt's democratic transition faces two main threats: subversion by anti-democratic religious extremists; and obstruction by an authoritarian military junta loathe to yield power to civilian rule. Those who support continuing democratic progress in Egypt must oppose both.

The Growing Impossibility Of Interfaith Dialogue

Tony Campolo | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Tony Campolo

In today's world, the voices of moderation are becoming fewer and fewer, while extremist groups are growing in size and are flexing more and more political muscle.

Kazakh President Tightens Registration Rules for Religious Groups

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's president on Thursday approved a bill tightening registration rules for religious groups that has been described by...

College Decides Not To Invite Controversial Church To Campus

The Miami Student | Posted 11.23.2011 | College

The department of comparative religion has decided to pull plans to invite a member of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) to Miami University's campus....

Kevin Smith's 'Red State': Masterful, Spiritually Powerful

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Smith uses shock-and-awe violence in "Red State" to bring viewers into the fullness of his commentary on the nature of belief, religious fanaticism and insipid hatred masked as piety.

Does Religion Cause Terrorism? It's Complicated

Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The shock of the 9/11 attacks was so great, and the personal losses so deep, that many people understa...

Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books
Feisal G. Mohamed

ave wounds of deadly hate pierced humanity -- and humanities scholars -- so deep that we are no longer capable of blind hopes?

From Jihadism To Crusade-ism

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Since it became clear that the culprit of the horror in Norway was not a Muslim jihadist, but a self-proclaimed "Christian Knight," the popular perceptions of terrorism are being questioned.

Threats To America: Islamic Law Taking Over! Jews Controlling The Media!

Moriel Rothman | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Moriel Rothman

When the discussion of sharia law is based on the premise that Islam is inherently criminal, or that all Muslims have a proclivity towards violence, then that discussion shifts from legitimate intellectual debate to hateful religious scapegoating.

This Is Pakistan's Story: A Dialogue on Violence in Pakistan

Anushka Jatoi | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Anushka Jatoi

Violence and terrorism have taken over Pakistani society -- every member of society has been affected in some way or another. Be it through losing a l...