Religion and Terrorism Essay

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The world is filled with different religions and different ideologies formed around governments and political organizations. The problem that arises from not separating church and state issues is that the government tends to force the citizens of the nation to worship as the administration deems fit. Within these religious groups are extremist, and these members can be the deadliest of all the parishioners. Acts of religious terrorism are the responsibility of devout extremists that commit acts of horror in the name of many different religions. While many terrorist actions are committed in the name of religion, there is not one religion that is responsible for all spiritual acts of terrorism.
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Muslim terrorists are often Mujahadeen (religious fighter), devoted to Islam and committed to jihad (Holy War). One particular Muslim that has received a lot of attention lately due to the second attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001 is Osama bin Laden, leader of the militant group al Qaeda, based in Afghanistan. Although bin Laden was suspected of master-minding other terrorist acts, like the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, the United States has had problems finding this individual due to the Taliban (the ruling religious faction in now only a small part of Afghanistan) has been providing a safe-haven for the villain. Although the Muslim faith does not endorse mass-killings and persecutions, like the actions committed by the Taliban and bin Laden, the extremists under the claim of jihad have justified these acts. The reason that makes Osama bin Laden such an extraordinary example, is that he is more dangerous by virtue of his immense wealth, personal capabilities, and charisma.
Extremist militants of other faiths also have an involvement in terrorist violence and must not be ignored. Christian religious groups, such as the Aryan Nations or the Ku Klux Klan, are active in North America, and are becoming more closely associated with the Militia Movement. This group has found roots in the Protestant Christian Religion and has even dreamt of political aspirations

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