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Sociology of Religion

Erin Garbutt

on 9 June 2010

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Transcript of extremists

extremists Extremists lose their personal identity, and develop their identity in their religion. Eventually, they ‘become’ their religion, in that they lose all personal preferences and cooperate completely with the dictation of their religion.
Definition of an extremist: A person involved in a usually exclusive radical group, usually with religious cause or background. They devote their lives to this cause, meaning that they are ready to die for it, or kill for it at any given time. They are constantly at war with their opponent, which is ultimately society. The term ‘extremist’ is usually exonymic, meaning that it is applied by others to a group, instead of a group labelling itself.

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”
Robert F. Kennedy Extremist Group Traits Character Assassinaton Name-Calling and Labelling Advocacy of Double Standards Tendency to View Their Opponents and Critics as Essentially Evil Manichean World View Assumption of Moral or Other Superiority Over Others Doomsday Thinking Belief That It’s Just to do Bad Things in the Service of a “Good” Cause Jafar Umar Thalib Founder and Leader of Laskar Jihad, based in Indonesia World Trade Centre Attacks Was planned and carried out by al-Qaeda extremists on September 11, 2001. An estimated 2,995 were killed while 6000 were injured. London Bombings 2005 Was planned and carried out by four Islamic-British men on July 7, 2005. It killed 52 people. and injured 700 people.
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