Wednesday, September 26, 2007

To the extreme

by Joshua Sinai from The Washington Times

The threat radical Islamists pose is not merely terrorist warfare but cultural warfare, as well. What makes their cultural aggression dangerous is that it is directed against Western values as well as mainstream Muslim tendencies. Salafi Islam id their primary religious identity and it is anti-modern and nihilistic ... In Bad Faith: The Danger of Religious Extremism, Neil J. Kressel, a professor of psychology at William Paterson University, incisively addresses these issues. What are the characteristics of religious beliefs that lead to extremist militancy and terrorism? According to Mr. Kressel, such beliefs assert that non-believers are destined for eternal damnation, non-believers are hated by God, non-believers must not blaspheme against God, faith should be spread by military means, people cannot freely convert out of their religion, non-believers are not allowed to live in geographical locations controlled by members of the dominant religion, any method is justified if it is used to implement God's will, and God prefers men to women, with women living in a subjugated role

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