RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM (Extremism within Christianity (One of the earliest…
Extremism within Christianity
One of the earliest examples is the famous Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
Guy Fawkes attempted to assassinate King James I and to blow up the government buildings.
Fundamentalist schools are teaching girls to obey men, that homosexuality is unnatural and that the account of Genesis is the only true account.
This is because of a specific type f interpretation of Biblical texts.
Creationism is usually taught alongside scientific theories such as the Big Bang and Evolution.
However, some schools explicitly only teach Creationism (creation according to the Bible) presenting this as fact.
This has resulted in many extreme Christians rejecting science completely.
From 1865, the Ku Klux Klan beat, burned, raped and killed people of minority groups.
Their goal was to re-establish Protestant Christian values because they believed that Jesus was the first 'Klansmen'
Christians against extremism
Charities have been set up to reconcile different Christian groups and bring an end to violence and conflict.
e.g. Corrymeela in Northern Ireland work to bring Roman Catholics and Protestants together as part of one community.
'those who live by the sword, die by the sword'
This means that violence and extreme action will only ever result in bloodshed. Nothing good can come out of it.
Martin Luther King famously stood up against racism and injustice in a non-violent and peaceful way.
As a result of his protests, he was able to change the segregation laws that saw white people take priority over black people.
World Council of Churches (WCC)
On 1st October 2016, they agreed that
'religion should never be used to justify violence.'
The people who claim to be acting in the name of religion when they shed blood are using religion incorrectly, to justify their own selfish desires.
Holding aggressive political or religious views.
Can lead to extreme behaviour such as terrorism.