Religious Terrorism And Terrorism

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Terrorism is steadily becoming a widespread occurrence in the world today as causing destruction and mass mayhem is becoming increasingly effortless with the benefits of technology. Gaining notoriety through social media and advanced technology is also just one of the numerous ways in which terrorists threaten and trigger chaos in these modern times. Terrorism can be divided into several categories, with religious terrorism emerging as the most prevalent and lethal form of terrorism, considering religious fanatics have no compunction in performing atrocious acts on the basis of faith. However, as argued by Stephen Weinberg (as cited in Is There A God?, n.d.) it takes religion for good people to do evil things. Religious terrorists often claim to follow a certain belief, usually a bastardized or corrupted version of a particular religion due to misinterpretation on the part of its followers. The core of these self-appointed extremists is often derived from holy scripture, with the driving force of its followers encouraged habitually by a clerical authority to assume credibility. While this may seem harmless as a whole, the lengths to which these followers willingly take to propagandize or publicize their faith is often excessive and attention-seeking with the sole purpose of accomplishing certain ambitions. Religious terrorists are usually motivated by the group’s collective goal of fulfilling their perceived moral duty, obtaining recognition and gaining martyrdom.
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