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Religious Intolerance & Bigotry: Violence, Discrimination, Prejudice

Although religion is often seen as a force for good, in reality it is often a force for evil, too. One of the ways in which religion can cause problems is by causing people to become intolerant: intolerant of other religions, intolerant of other races, etc. Here you can find information about and examples of intolerance, hatred, and bigotry arising out of religion and religious beliefs.
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Power and Control as the Root of Domestic Violence
Violent men are the biggest source of domestic violence, but why do men become violent with the women they supposedly love? The answer lies with patriarchal social and religious expectations. Most observers recognize that there is a correlation between patriarchal attitudes and domestic violence, but the precise nature of this relationship isn't always understood.

What is Essential to Religion? Excusing Violence and Crime
One of the most popular ways to define religion, or any other complex concept, is to identify some 'essential' feature and say that it is the defining characteristic. There are many problems with this, not the least of which is how it overly simplifies complex issues. One serious flaw is that it encourages people to improperly exclude from the concept those things which are inconvenient.

Richard John Neuhaus: Authoritarian in Religion & Politics
There is a deep connection between authoritarian religion and authoritarian politics; it's rare for some who promotes authoritarian politics to accept democracy in their religion or for someone who promotes authoritarian religion to fully accept democratic politics. It's rare, though, to see people openly proclaim both. Authoritarianism still leaves a bad taste in people's mouths.

Peace and the Bible: Understanding the True Nature of Religious Peace
Major world religions want to achieve peace, right? Perhaps - but before we get too happy about that, perhaps we should ask what sort of peace they want. Not all forms of peace are equal: some forms of peace allow everyone to live freely; other forms of peace require that some submit to subjugation. Peace is the absence of war, but not necessarily the presence of justice.

Religious Violence & Terrorism Around the World
Terrorism and violence can be found in religions and cultures all around the world. Although there may be variation in the complaints being made, there are remarkable similarities in the attitudes and tactics employed by religious terrorists. This is due in part to the fact that violent behavior is independent of religion, but also to the ways in which religions are similar to each other.

Resurgent Nationalism in Japan
A new type of comic that has become popular among Japanese youth depicts Japan as the victim of foreign aggression and as a benign patron to backwards nations in Asia - during World War II. This is completely at odds with the historical record and that's what is intended. It's like comics depicting the Nazis as the good guys.

Religion, Terrorism, Violence, and Power
Terrorism and religion have become closely linked in many people's eyes today, which is curious because through the 1980s terrorism was as likely to be committed for irreligious, political causes as it was for religious causes. Part of the problem here is that the absolutism of religion makes religious terrorism more extreme, dramatic, and dangerous than most political terrorism.

Christianity & Violence: Justifying Killing in the Name of Religion
Most Christian scripture speaks of peace and love rather than of war. Little that is attributed to Jesus really advocates violence; most advocates peace, love, and service to others. How, then, has Christianity managed to be so violent? Justifying violence and war hasn't been very hard, unfortunately.

Religious Freedom Report: International Index
Collected here and organized by region are several years worth of United States government reports on religious freedom and liberty around the world, documenting either religious tolerance or religious intolerance. Reports cover religious demography, abuses on and restrictions of religious freedom, government policies and general social attitudes.

Recently Reviewed Books on Religion, Violence, and Terrorism
Religious leaders normally argue that religion is a force for good and love in the world. Yet, at the same time, we see religion regularly used for war, mass murder, terrorism, and even genocide. Why does this difference exist - how can religion be claimed as a basis for peace while so many use it as a basis for terrorism?

Culture Wars and the Global Village
People often claim that they are interested in living in peace, but why then do we continue to have so much conflict in areas like the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and other areas? Is there something about human nature which makes conflict inevitable and peace impossible? According to Carl Coon, the answers lie not so much in human biology, but in the development of human culture.

Religion, Terrorism, Violence, and Power
Part of the problem with religious terrorism is that the absolutism of religion makes terrorism more extreme, dramatic, and dangerous. Religion is averse to negotiated compromises, without which terrorism cannot easily be ended.

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