• Claimed Ownership of Religion By One Segment of a Religion– For Better or Worse – is Invalid

    Claimed Ownership of Religion By One Segment of a Religion– For Better or Worse – is Invalid

    In the fight against religious extremism, there is one defence regularly projected by religious and non-religious persons alike: the claim that the ‘bad’ persons of a given religion, with their ‘bad’ interpretations of a given religious text, are not of the given religion at all. For clarity, I will refer to the two most familiar cases of religious extremism to all – the KKK (also bear in mind sects such as the Westborough Baptist church and traditional Catholicism), and Daesh (ISIS), plus extremist states and forces such as Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

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