Violent Sects

Undoubtedly the world would be a more peaceful place if certain sects had been expunged at key historical points. Today the obvious example is the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam that underpins ISIS. To the extent that ISIS engages in terrorist activities against certain religions, and often against their own co-religionists, the world would be a more peaceful place if that religious orientation did not exist. As an example consider the Jihadists who recently slaughtered people in a bakery in Bangladesh. These terrorists by all accounts were highly educated individuals who expected to be killed themselves and reunited in Heaven. Almost all religions have had periods in their histories in which religious fanaticism proved deadly to other people, (e.g. the Crusades of the Middle Ages, the Inquisitions during the Reformation, & the Salem witchcraft trials). Purging every religion of fanaticism would make the world a far less violent place.



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