People here in north america think extremeism is confined to other parts of the world. Well, here it is and it has a nationally broadcast television show: Robertson: U.S. should ‘take out’ Venezuela’s Chavez.
So, we’ve got an apparently “popular” (Although, to be honest I don’t know how popular his TV show is) pastor saying the US should assassinate a world leader. Now, I’m no expert but I do think I remember something about not killing people in that book he professes to like so much.
It really boggles my mind how people can so easily twist their religion towards some goal that’s specifically against their religions teachings. It seems to be especially bad with the “western” monotheistic religions but maybe it has something to do with the monotheistic aspect and normally seems to be related to increasing power/influence for their religion. You don’t hear much about Hindu or Budhist extremism, although I guess that could just be a coincidence. Is there something rooted so deeply in these “Abrahamic” religions that tends a small but reliable number of people towards extremism and violence? I’d love to hear of any theories on the subject.