What it means to be a religious extremist

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  1. Angela says:

    I don’t know that your arguments really follow through to your premise that extremism or fundamentalism is a virtue. The reason that people today stifle at the terms is because in common usage, they point to fervent religious beliefs in which believers are willing to kill in the name of their belief. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with one’s faith holding primacy in their lives — it’s when that faith supercedes one’s regard for their fellow man that it becomes concerning.

    Neglecting to acknowledge this central issue renders your discussion rather impotent. Sure, good has been done in the name of religion (far too may deeds to list in a short piece, I’m sure), but when compared to the incredible death and destruction caused in the name of ‘fundamentalism’ or ‘extremism’ I think you’d be hard pressed to convince anyone that either is a vitrue.

  2. Jesse says:

    The extremists that you are thinking of do not call themselves extremists. They call themselves the Taliban. They think they are the right Islam, not the extreme version. Extremism as understood from only a violent or ignorant religous persepctive comes from the western media creating an easy access buzzword. If media really want to address the problem of religious violence, or any violence for that matter, they will be best served to dig deeper into the issue, and be far more specific in how they name movements and groups of peoples.

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