The Affect of Religion on Terrorism

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The Affect of Religion on Terrorism September 11th, 2001 is a day our country will never forget; it was a day that held one of the biggest terroristic attacks that our country has ever seen. These events, subsequently, launched our current war on terrorism and Al-Qaeda. Following the events of 9/11, many sociologists and political figures questioned whether or not religion had been a major influence on terrorism, or was it the leading cause of these questionable acts. We understand that religion and terrorism are closely related, this is because the majority of the individuals committing these acts are members of a religious group; can we blame religion for fueling these acts? Or could it be the group of individuals, as a whole, that influences these people to behave in such a manner? Contrary to the majority of opinions, many sociologists believe religion holds little weight when it comes to creating a terrorist; and that instead the religion acts a tool of manipulation. Professor David Canter, director of investigative psychology, conducted a study that involved speaking with incarcerated Islamic terrorists. What he found was that these terrorist were not merely pawns, or mentally disturbed people, but instead were highly educated and intelligent. Carter believes that their spiritual attachment to their social group is what provided their pathway to terror. "Setting up these divisions based on faith and religion is the starting point for people thinking of themselves as separate and distinct and part of some out-group."(Professor David Canter) Canter believes that although religion is associated with terrorism, it is the spiritual feeling of belonging that ultimately makes the terrorist. [It seems to me perfectly feasible to have multiple faith schools that recognize and encourage the good things in religion without creating the idea that one way or another

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