I spent a large amount of my formative years surrounded by Muslims. Consequently, Christian indoctrination was also the religious focus which my parents and family strived to make a staple of my youth. My siblings were no different. Ironically, as adults my brother and sister feel similarly to me. We’ve all renounced religion and a belief in any supernatural mono-theist god. I attribute a large portion of our belief system to our exposure to several religions, and our experience with respect to so many different cultures and beliefs. We were world travelers. As such, we were subjected to Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hindu and many more. Additionally, our skepticism influences researching ancient religions which claimed their way was the right way. Greek mythology and even the pharaohs of Egypt had significantly different beliefs when compared to modern religion. Because of our exposure to all these different religions, which claimed they were the one and only religion that was right, seriously impacted our faith that any one religion is “the way”. It’s easy to make a conclusion that either one of them was the true path to God, or none of them were.
Some religions, when taken out of context, preach and even reward those who use force to convert the many other people in the world who maintain different beliefs. Others use less overt methods of indoctrination, such as missions to gullible and uneducated peoples around the world. Often these people don’t even understand why the sun rises each day; nonetheless will accept the teachings of foreign influences claiming to know the true path to salvation.
History has demonstrated the undeniable truth that religion doesn’t result in peace. Instead religion has played a significant part in war.
One definition of Politics is “the total complex of relations between people living in society.”
Terrorism can be defined in many ways.
- Merriam Webster defines terrorism as the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.
- The free dictionary defines terrorism as The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature…
It’s hard for any educated person to not recognize that political and religious motivation has been the number one catalyst in almost every war in the history of recorded time.
Most recently, far right-wing Evangelical Christians have played on the weaknesses of their constituents in order to gain access to leadership positions; thus resulting in the ability to orchestrate religion-based political policy. Radical Islamists have used fear and threats against the world and even members of their own religion to promote their barbaric goals. Either camouflaged by the blanket of political leadership or the direct use of violence, religion uses terrorism and war to attain its goals.
I posit that there can be no religion without violence, and therefore no religion without terrorism.