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Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera plans to produce "The Death of Klinghoffer" this fall, an opera that romanticizes violence and terrorism against Jews. St...
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Jakarta suicide bombers launch multiple attacks and terrorists 'throw grenades'

Jakarta suicide bombers launch multiple attacks and terrorists 'throw grenades' | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Police say a suicide bomber was responsible for one of the explosions, while the other blasts were caused by men on motorbikes throwing grenades. There have been unconfirmed reports as to the number of attackers, some that claimed as many as 14 people were involved.

 

At least three police officers and four civilians - suspected to be the attackers - were killed by the blasts that went off at a Starbucks cafe, the Sarinah shopping mall, and United Nations offices in central Jakarta. Three other bombs went off in the Cikni, Silpi and Kuningan neighbourhoods, near the Turkish and Pakistani embassies.


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McConnell warns of ‘uprising’ if Islam sermon leads to jail term

McConnell warns of ‘uprising’ if Islam sermon leads to jail term | Terrorists | Scoop.it
The Belfast preacher due back in court next week over a controversial sermon on Islam, has said a guilty verdict would spark an “uprising”.

Pastor James McConnell was charged following the broadcasting of remarks he made from the pulpit of the Whitewell Tabernacle last May.

When a video of the sermon was uploaded to the Newtownabbey church’s website, it showed the 78-year-old describing the Islamic faith as “heathen” and “satanic”.

Mr McConnell was subsequently prosecuted with the three-day trial held at Belfast Magistrates’ Court last month.

Judgment has been reserved and will be delivered on Tuesday.

Speaking to the News Letter on Friday, Mr McConnell said he shared his legal team’s optimism that the verdict will go in his favour, but warned of widespread anger if he is jailed.

“I am willing to go to jail and I am going to stand for what I believe in. If the verdict goes against me – and they do put me in jail – there will be such an uprising in this country.”

However, Mr McConnell said imprisonment was a price he was willing to pay rather than renounce his beliefs.

“I can honestly say I haven’t had one sleepless night over this court case.

“It’s not that I’m an iron man or anything like that, I just have other concerns in my heart,” he said.

“I am concerned about this country and about the way it is going politically, spiritually, every way I am really concerned about it.

“The country is a bigger issue than me – I am just praying for the Lord to guide me at this particular time.

“I have had thousands of emails, over 20,000 of them, plus cards, letters and phone calls. It has been amazing.”

The controversial preacher faced two charges – improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network – after the sermon was streamed online. He denied both charges.

During the three-day hearing, Mr McConnell’s barrister said his client was was “not stereotyping a whole religion” but was “talking about cells of people”.

Phillip Mateer QC said: “If the pastor was more astute to the watery words to be used to weave our way through difficult areas ... it would have put it beyond doubt if he had said there are ‘cells’ of jihadists.

“It would have put it beyond doubt if he said ‘cells’ of Islamists.”

On day one of the trial, the court was shown an hour-long DVD recording of the service during which the controversial sermon was made. The judge also heard television and radio broadcasts in which Mr McConnell defended his comments.

The veteran preacher has received backing from First Minister Peter Robinson and a number of other prominent Executive ministers and political leaders.

Mr McConnell said he was prepared for whatever judgment is handed down, and that he felt sorry for District Judge Liam McNally who is hearing the case.

“The judge is in such a difficult situation here and has got to please so many people.

“We will just see what happens on Tuesday. I am on a level keel and I will just take what comes to me.

“My family will be there with me to hear what is going to take place. We are in the 100-seater court and the Whitewellers filled it every day.”

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Besieged Afghan forces in Sangin receive airdrops as UK sends troops

Besieged Afghan forces in Sangin receive airdrops as UK sends troops | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Tiny but symbolic deployment of 10 British troops in non-combat role comes as residents say town has been almost overrun by Taliban

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Hezbollah Rockets Hit Israel: Attack Coincides With Death Of Samir Kantar Near Damascus

Hezbollah Rockets Hit Israel: Attack Coincides With Death Of Samir Kantar Near Damascus | Terrorists | Scoop.it

The Israeli military is reporting that three rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon, exploding in the Western Galilee, and that soldiers were

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US Spied on Israel, Prepared to Destroy Israeli Bombers to Protect Iran

US Spied on Israel, Prepared to Destroy Israeli Bombers to Protect Iran | Terrorists | Scoop.it

The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Iran’s Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran.


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Iran’s Leader Punks Obama

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, aka Obama’s new BFF has responded to the U.S. passage of the nuclear deal.
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At Least 20 Dead in Double Bombing at Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen

At Least 20 Dead in Double Bombing at Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen | Terrorists | Scoop.it

At least 20 people were killed in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday afternoon in a suicide bombing and car bombing at a mosque. First, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside of the mosque, which is in the northern area of Sanaa. The bomber has not yet been identified. No one immediately claimed responsiblity for the attack. 

A car bomb then exploded outside the mosque, injuring and killing worshippers attempting to escape. In addition to the 20 dead, several dozen were wounded. 


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Islamic State 'selling off the organs of women kept as sex slaves to fund terror attacks'

Islamic State 'selling off the organs of women kept as sex slaves to fund terror attacks' | Terrorists | Scoop.it

It says that the terrorists are discussing prices for the women - some of whom are yet to reach their teenage years.

The shocking messsages also apparently reveal a horrific trade in the "possible trafficking in human organs".

Earlier this year dozens of bodies were discovered with surgical incisions as well as missing kidneys and other vital organs, according to the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations Mohamed Alhakim.


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These terrorists are the outgrowth of Obummer's actions ever since he pulled American troops out of Iraq.  The world is on fire because of this president.  Why would anyone think his latest Iran deal wouldn't throw gas onto that fire.

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ISIS Beheads 91 People, Including 39 of Its Own Fighters, for Sorcery and Sodomy in 1 Month

ISIS Beheads 91 People, Including 39 of Its Own Fighters, for Sorcery and Sodomy in 1 Month | Terrorists | Scoop.it

"The executions [are being] carried out for sorcery, insulting Allah, sodomy, adultery, banditry, joining and cooperating with the awakening movements, sorcery, cooperating with crusader coalition, mischief on Earth and cooperating with the Nusayri regime forces," SOHR wrote, noting that most of the victims were beheaded.

At least 32 civilians, including two women, were among the executed in Syria between the period of July 29 to Aug. 29. IS has implemented its strict version of Shariah law in the territories it has conquered, and despite airstrike operations from allied countries, it maintains its control over several cities in Iraq and Syria.


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Top Ex-CIA Agent Has Chilling Warning About Obama's Plans For Islamic State

Top Ex-CIA Agent Has Chilling Warning About Obama's Plans For Islamic State | Terrorists | Scoop.it

“In any case, and for whatever motivations,” she said, “there is no doubt this administration switched sides in what used to be called the Global War on Terror. Even though President George W. Bush was obviously confused and mistaken when he called Islam a ‘religion of peace’ the day after 9/11, he wasn’t deliberately exonerating the perpetrators. Surrounded by Muslim Brotherhood agents of influence, he simply didn’t understand.”


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Shanon Hausler's curator insight, September 6, 2015 10:49 PM

In this article, ex CIA agent, Clare Lopez, talks about how she believes that President Obama is "switching sides" to support Muslim extremists. Lopez feels that the only reason Obama killed Osama bin Laden was because he could not "delay any longer" and he had "no more excuses." She also states that she thinks Obama has a lot of the same ,motivations as bin Laden did. Since Obama has become president, America has made different allies than usual. Although this idea is very extreme, Obama has been seen siding with Islamists more than any other President that we have had.  

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There is nothing good about this Iran deal.

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Mother who took her five children from Manchester to Syria now denounces ISIS and is desperate to come home

Mother who took her five children from Manchester to Syria now denounces ISIS and is desperate to come home | Terrorists | Scoop.it
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Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres

Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Obama’s $500 million plan to combat Bashar Al-Assad and ISIS forces in Syria created  an elite force called “Regiment-30”. While Fox News revealed the program only gained 54 applicants, new evidence reveals that there were “thousands of outside forces” who joined Regiment-30, who are now also joining Al-Nusra terror front in Syria. The U.S-appointed Regiment-30’s main leader, as ironclad evidence reveals, is one code-named Abu Iskandar and he has now sent out an official appeal, including airing an explosive T.V interview, confirming they joined the notorious terrorist Al-Nusra Front which carried out massacres against Christians in Adra and Maaloula in Syria.


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Jack Hansen's curator insight, September 12, 2015 9:38 AM

The results of spending $500 million are the results Obummer wants; wasting Americans' money with America's enemy reinforcement.  Anyone who pays attention knows Obummer does not want to hinder ISIS or else he would have listened to his military leaders instead of firing them.

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Taliban advance in north Afghanistan seizing district, villages

Taliban advance in north Afghanistan seizing district, villages | Terrorists | Scoop.it

In Kunduz, the Taliban have seized around 70 villages in Khanabad district this week, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

 

More than half the province is now under Taliban control, according to local officials. They captured two Kunduz districts in June, one of which was quickly retaken by Afghan forces but the other remains under insurgent control.


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Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in 2016

Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in 2016 | Terrorists | Scoop.it
PARIS: Just a week into the year, France has already been rattled by an attempted attack on a police station, but counter-terrorism officials have far graver fears for Europe in 2016.

November's attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed by Daesh group terroists, showed the trauma that could be caused by a group of men with Kalashnikov rifles, but experts fear it could be just the start.

"Unfortunately, I think 2015 was nothing," a counter-terrorism official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We are moving towards a European 9/11: simultaneous attacks on the same day in several countries, several places. A very coordinated thing. We know the terrorists are working on this," he added.

He said the Daesh was recruiting and training Europeans "with the goal of sending them back to hit their countries of origin".

"They have the necessary false documents, the mastery of the language, the sites, the weapons. We stop a lot of them, but it must be recognised that we are overwhelmed. Some will get through - some already have."

Recent arrests of terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq have added to concerns, he said.

"The profiles are changing. We are seeing ultra-radical guys return, very battle-hardened, who should have stayed over there.
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"Before we mostly had guys returning who had made a mistake, who didn't realise that war can be painful. But now, we are seeing guys return who are sticking to their chosen path."

Rapid response needed

Faced with an enemy that is happy to die and maximise civilian casualties, the challenge for France's security forces is to massively speed up response times.

"There will always be a delay for intervention forces that we have to reduce as much as possible," Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the elite GIGN police, told AFP.

"In the Bataclan, the killing of 90 people took 20 minutes. It stops when there is the opposition of security forces," he said, referring to the attack on a Paris concert hall on November 13.
It took two-and-a-half hours for police to storm the concert hall as they tried to gather information on the layout of the building and position of the Islamist terrorists.

Bonneau said this new type of threat meant there were no classic hostage situations such as in the past.

"Hostages are just a buffer to slow the progress of security forces. If we don't intervene as quickly as possible there will be more victims. That's the lesson to draw from the attacks of November 13, that will change our mode of intervention.

"We need to have surgical action, as forceful as possible and as quickly as possible," he said.

'Just a rehearsal' 

Multiple, pan-European plots are not new and have been disrupted on several occasions, including one in late August 2010, said Yves Trotignon, a former analyst for France's DGSE intelligence service.

"At that time, it was still Al Qieda," he said.

"The teams were due to arrive in western Europe, recover pre-placed material - handguns and assault rifles. It was disrupted by the Americans, who carried out a series of preventative drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the guys thought to be mounting the operation.

"This type of multiple attack is part of the worst-case scenarios for 2016," said Trotignon.

"I know that in European capitals, particularly London, specialised services are working on this theory."

Police, military and intelligence services are constantly adapting to the shape-shifting threat, but so are the other side and often more quickly and effectively, the specialists said.

"It's not just us that learn the lessons, it's the Daesh as well," said the counter-terrorism official.

He said a key lesson was to stay away from telephones, which have often been a key way to monitor potential attackers.
"They take lessons from the press investigations, read everything on the subject. They saw that it took two-and-a-half hours to launch the police raid at the Bataclan," said Trotignon.

They also saw that "the explosives weren't good, that they must be changed, that the guys left too many traces. They learn fast."

"If the quality of the attackers improves, we will have a problem," he said, adding that there was a "terrible pessimism" among security service professionals for 2016.

"Maybe we will say that 2015 was just a rehearsal," he added.

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North Korea Under Martial Law: Troops Told ‘Be Ready For War’

North Korea Under Martial Law: Troops Told ‘Be Ready For War’ | Terrorists | Scoop.it

North Korea has reportedly been placed under martial law and troops are being told to "prepare for war." The details have emerged from a meeting held Saturday

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ISIS Transmits Fatwas In Afghanistan

ISIS Transmits Fatwas In Afghanistan | Terrorists | Scoop.it

ISIS lately stepped up attacks on the security forces in Afghanistan. In Jalalabad, it has been transmitting extremist propaganda with its 'fatwas'.

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Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurds, Over 100 Killed

Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurds, Over 100 Killed | Terrorists | Scoop.it

In southeast Turkey, government forces have killed about 110 militant Kurds in their latest offensive, now in its sixth day. The campaign complicates the

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Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres

Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Obama’s $500 million plan to combat Bashar Al-Assad and ISIS forces in Syria created  an elite force called “Regiment-30”. While Fox News revealed the program only gained 54 applicants, new evidence reveals that there were “thousands of outside forces” who joined Regiment-30, who are now also joining Al-Nusra terror front in Syria. The U.S-appointed Regiment-30’s main leader, as ironclad evidence reveals, is one code-named Abu Iskandar and he has now sent out an official appeal, including airing an explosive T.V interview, confirming they joined the notorious terrorist Al-Nusra Front which carried out massacres against Christians in Adra and Maaloula in Syria.


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The results of spending $500 million are the results Obummer wants; wasting Americans' money with America's enemy reinforcement.  Anyone who pays attention knows Obummer does not want to hinder ISIS or else he would have listened to his military leaders instead of firing them.

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ISIS making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq says US agent

ISIS making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq says US agent | Terrorists | Scoop.it
WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT. ISIS terrorists are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, US officials believe, with mustard gas used on Peshmerga fighers (pictured).

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Two suicide bombings kill at least 30 in north Cameroon

Two suicide bombings kill at least 30 in north Cameroon | Terrorists | Scoop.it

At least 30 people have been killed in two suicide bombings in northern Cameroon, the latest violence to hit the area since dozens died in attacks in July blamed on the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

The attacks on Thursday took place three days after Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed dozens of people in a village across the border in north-east Nigeria’s Borno state.


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Yazidi refugees flee ISIS, but find door to US asylum closed

Yazidi refugees flee ISIS, but find door to US asylum closed | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Despite the ongoing threat of execution in Iraq, nearly all Yazidis, a Kurdish monotheistic community that lives throughout Iraq, Syria, Turkey and even Armenia and Georgia, who have applied for asylum in the U.S. have been rejected, FoxNews.com has learned. The reason why is not clear, but advocates say Washington is turning a blind eye on the situation.


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Obummer is notorious for importing, allowing, and promoting unvetted Mu'slims into this country, 100,000 recently, while refusing, detaining, and/or ignoring any other legitimate refugees who meet the criteria as persecuted, defenseless, and dehumanized refugees.

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Never has Obummer accepted Christians into this country if he can has anything to say about it.  Thousands of mu'slims, including radial mu'slim terrorists, are imported by him in a concentrated effort to make America Mu'slim and subject to Shari'ah law over the Constitution.

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Obummer is notorious for importing, allowing, and promoting unvetted Mu'slims into this country, 100,000 recently, while refusing, detaining, and/or ignoring any other legitimate refugees who meet the criteria as persecuted, defenseless, and dehumanized refugees.

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Nigerian Muslims threw Christian refugees off dinghy in Mediterranean

Nigerian Muslims threw Christian refugees off dinghy in Mediterranean | Terrorists | Scoop.it

When a rubber dinghy carrying around 100 African refugees across the Mediterranean began to sink, a Nigerian Christian prayed for his life in an innocent act that would end in the deaths of 12 fellow migrants.

One of the Muslims on board the rickety craft ordered him to stop, saying: 'Here, we only pray to Allah.' 

When he refused, a violent fight ensued and 12 Christians drowned when they were thrown overboard by the Muslim refugees.


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From the Macrocosm to the Microcosm, this treatment remains the same in the world today.

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From the Macrocosm to the Microcosm, this treatment remains the same in the world today.

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Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres

Obama Spent $500,000,000 To Train A Jihadi Elite Force Which Now Partners In Christian Massacres | Terrorists | Scoop.it

Obama’s $500 million plan to combat Bashar Al-Assad and ISIS forces in Syria created  an elite force called “Regiment-30”. While Fox News revealed the program only gained 54 applicants, new evidence reveals that there were “thousands of outside forces” who joined Regiment-30, who are now also joining Al-Nusra terror front in Syria. The U.S-appointed Regiment-30’s main leader, as ironclad evidence reveals, is one code-named Abu Iskandar and he has now sent out an official appeal, including airing an explosive T.V interview, confirming they joined the notorious terrorist Al-Nusra Front which carried out massacres against Christians in Adra and Maaloula in Syria.


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The results of spending $500 million are the results Obummer wants; wasting Americans' money with America's enemy reinforcement.  Anyone who pays attention knows Obummer does not want to hinder ISIS or else he would have listened to his military leaders instead of firing them.

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INDIA: Two Muslim brothers beheaded their teenage sister and carried her head through their village because of her alleged affair with a cousin

INDIA: Two Muslim brothers beheaded their teenage sister and carried her head through their village because of her alleged affair with a cousin | Terrorists | Scoop.it

They reportedly dragged her to the village square, beating her all the way, and chopped her head. The police say the brothers marched around the village with the bleeding head for about an hour before running away.


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We should practice this love and peace demonstrated by Obummer's people because, after all, it's all about family.

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Fighting back against religious extremism

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ON THE very first page of his new book, Not in God’s Name, Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi in the UK, quotes the 17th-century French scientist and philosopher, Blaise Pascal: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction”.

There is no shortage of historical evidence to support Pascal’s contention. Indeed, if he were writing in the 21st century instead of the 17th, he’d have sufficient material for several books. In particular today he would be able to draw on the violent eruptions of Islamic fundamentalism, especially since 9/11.

But the link between religion and violence (the latter being the most pernicious manifestation of evil) is by no means an Islamic phenomenon, though, as we are reminded almost daily in our newspapers and on our television screens, it is predominantly the evils of Islamic State (IS) that at the present time constitute the greatest worry and threat, as well as representing the greatest challenge.

Having sub-titled his book ‘Confronting Religious Violence’, Sacks sets out to take up this challenge. The task is a daunting one. “Too often in the history of religion,” he writes, “people have killed in the name of the God of life, waged war in the name of the God of peace, hated in the name of the God of love and practised cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.”

Sacks concedes that while Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — the three great monotheistic religions, the three great Abrahamic faiths — define themselves as religions of peace, “they have all given rise to violence at some points in their history”.

Since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, in particular, we have seen an outpouring of articles and books on the connection between religion and violence.

From all of this, the author says, three answers have emerged:

Religion is the major source of violence;
Religion is not a source of violence;
“Their religion, yes; our religion, no — we are for peace they are for war”.
He concludes that none of these answers is true.

“As for the first, Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod surveyed 1,800 conflicts in the Encyclopedia of Wars and found that less than 10% involved religion at all. A “God and War” survey commissioned by the BBC found that religion played some part in 40% of conflicts but usually a minor one.

“The second answer is misguided. When terrorist or military groups invoke holy war, define their battle as a struggle against Satan, condemn unbelievers to death and commit murder while declaring ‘God is great’, to deny that they are acting on religious motives is absurd.

“The third is a classic instance of in-group bias. Almost invariably people regard their group as superior to others… Groups, like individuals, have a need for self-esteem and they will interpret facts to confirm their sense of superiority.”

The focus today, he suggests, should be less on the general connection between religion and violence and more on the specific challenge of politicised religious extremism in the 21st century.

“The re-emergence of religion as a global force caught the West unprotected and unprepared because it was in the grip of a narrative that told a quite different story.”

The process of secularisation — a process that began back in the 18th century with the Enlightenment — has been at the heart of this narrative.

“By the late 20th century, most secularists had come to the conclusion that religion, if not refuted, had at least been rendered redundant. We no longer need the Bible to explain the universe. Instead we have science. We do not need sacred ritual to control human destiny.

“In its place we have technology. When we are ill, we do not need prayer. We have doctors, medicine and surgery. If we are depressed there is an alternative to religious consolation: Antidepressant drugs. When we feel overwhelmed by guilt, we can choose psychotherapy in place of the confessional. For seekers of transcendence there are rock concerts and sports matches.”

But as Sacks then reminds us, what the secularists forget is that man is a “meaning-seeking” animal.

“If there is one thing the great institutions of the modern world do not do, it is to provide meaning. Science tells us how but not why. Technology gives us power but cannot guide us as to how to use that power. The market gives us choices but leaves us uninstructed as to how to make these choices. The liberal democratic state gives us freedom to choose but on principle refuses to guide us as to how to choose.”

The result, he stresses, is that the 21st century has left us with a maximum of choice and a minimum of meaning.

“Religion has returned because it is hard to live without meaning. That is why no society has survived for long without either a religion or a substitute for religion. The 20th century showed, brutally and definitively, that the great modern substitutes for religion — the nation, the race, and political ideology — are no less likely to offer human sacrifices to their surrogate deities.”

The problem today is that the religion that has returned is “religion at its most adversarial and aggressive, prepared to do battle with the enemies of the Lord”, leading Sacks to conclude that the “greatest threat to freedom in the post-modern world is radical, politicised religion”.

How to combat this is now the great challenge. Radical, politicised religion is on the rise. As we are seeing in Syria and other places in the Middle East, religious extremists are seizing power.

And they are using technology very effectively — the internet spreads the contagion represented by groups such as al Qaeda, Boko Harem and Islamic State in a way that would have been unknown 30 or 40 years ago.

“What printing was to the Reformation, the internet is to radical political Islam, turning it into a global force capable of inciting terror and winning recruits throughout the world… Religious radicals use the new electronic media with greater sophistication than their secular counterparts. And they have developed organisational structures to fit our time.”

This poses an enormous challenge – but it is a challenge not just for Islam but for Judaism and Christianity as well for, as Sacks acknowledges, “none of the great religions can say, in unflinching self-knowledge, ‘Our hands never shed blood’.”

This means, he says, that we have little choice but to re-examine the theology that leads to violent conflict.

“As Jews, Christians and Muslims, we have to be prepared to ask the most uncomfortable questions. Does the God of Abraham want his disciples to kill for his sake? Does he demand human sacrifice? Does he rejoice in holy war? Does he want us to hate our enemies and terrorise unbelievers? Have we read our sacred texts correctly?”

And he sounds this sombre warning: “If we do not do the theological work, we will face a continuation of the terror that has marked our century thus far, for it has no other natural end”.

Via Paul Alexander
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