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Religious peace and conflict


Religiously-motivated abuse, violence,
murder, mass murder, terrorism & genocide

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See also two closely related sections which
discuss other, less serious, dark sides of religion:

Religiously motivated hatred, animosity and intolerance

Religiously motivated  conflict, oppression, discrimination, etc.

Quotation (repeated elsewhere on this website because we are so fond of it):

bulletA man told his grandson: "A terrible fight is going on inside me -- a fight between two wolves. One is evil, and represents hate, anger, arrogance, intolerance, and superiority . The other is good, and represents joy, peace, love, tolerance, understanding, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, and compassion. This same fight is going on inside you, inside every other person too."

The grandson then asked: "Which wolf will win?" The old man replied simply:  "The one you feed." - Anon.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Root causes & examples of religiously-motivated violence, conflict, oppression, etc.
bulletA historical overview of religiously-motivated mass murder, genocide, etc

bullet Historical long-term violence directed at specific groups:
bulletAnti-Judaic and Anti-semitic persecution

bulletThe real story of the Witch burning times

bulletAgainst Native Americans
bulletReligiously motivated violence in the Bible:
bulletFour major genocides in the Bible ordered or managed by God

bulletPassages advocating violence and genocide in the Bible and other holy texts

bulletSlavery: in the Bible, in the  past & now
bulletRecent religiously motivated violence:
bulletstar symbol1998 to now: Worldwide persecution of Christians

bulletRecent examples of religious hatred by followers of Abrahamic religions: Part 1   Part 2

bulletRecent media accounts of individual incidences of intolerance, discrimination, conflict, violence etc.

bulletGenocide & mass crimes against humanity (often motivated by religion)

bullet The Militia movement and U.S. domestic terrorism

bullet 2001: The 911 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington DC & Arlington, VA

bullet 1994 to now: The rise in Islamophobia: hate speech and violence against Muslims, mainly in the U.S.

bullet 2011: The anti-government, anti-Muslim mass murder in Norway

bulletReligiously based civil unrest and warfare

bulletConflicts in Kurdistan, Kashmir, Myanmar, & Palestine

bulletConflicts in:
bulletNazareth in Israel,

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bulletSexual and ritual abuse topics:
bulletSexual abuse by clergy

bulletRitual Abuse of children (RA): All aspects; all points of view
bulletStudies of over 35 MVMO (multi-victim multi offender) cases

bulletSatanic/Sadistic Ritual Abuse (SRA): All aspects; all points of view

bulletSee additional essays on child sexual abuse

bulletVictims of memories and false allegations of sexual & ritual abuse:
bulletRepressed and Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT)

bulletMultiple Personality Disorder (MPD); Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

bulletHow Children Disclose Sexual Abuse

bulletHow Children Disclose Ritual Abuse in Day-Cares, etc.

bulletFalse Confessions by Adults

bulletParents Victimized by Children's Protective Services
bulletOther topics relating to violence:
bulletCan religious proselytizing trigger hate crimes?

bulletReligious intolerance, violence etc mentioned in comic strips
bulletExamples of institutional violence: We don't want to give the impression that Canadians extremely violent. We just haven't gotten around to studying institutional violence in the U.S. and elsewhere
bulletResidential schools for Native students in Canada

bulletThe extermination of Canada's Innu people
bulletViolence and murder:
bulletIn schools -- generally related to harassment or mental illness, not religious influences

bulletTargeting Christians

bulletAttempted solutions to religious persecution:
bulletBy removing passages from holy books that promote hatred, violence, etc.
bulletA listing of some of the above passages in the Bible

bulletFreedom from Religious Persecution Law

bullet"International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church" Held annually in mid-NOV

bulletThe menorah incident at Billings, MT

bulletOther related menus on this web site: 
bulletReligiously "hot topics" from abortion access to equal rights for homosexuals

bulletLaws restricting and protecting religion from school prayer to the wearing of religious jewelry

Special note for survivors with memories of childhood ritual abuse:

Many tens of thousands of North Americans have recovered memories of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) during therapy sessions or through self-hypnosis --mainly during the 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequent investigations have shown that such memories were iatrogenic in nature -- created by therapy and unrelated to real events. But, we are trying to locate a person with SRA memories that have always been present since the abuse occurred. If you are one, please send us an Email. We will keep your information in strictest confidence. (We have had this message in place since 1995-AUG with only one response to date.)

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