Religion and The Bosnian Genocide
: Did religion play a significant role in the Bosnia Genocide?

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The genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina marked the first genocide in Europe since the Holocaust during the Second World War. Bosnia-Herzegovina was originally from the former Yugoslav republic. It became an independent state in 1992. After the death of communist ruler Josip Broz Tito the country fell under oppression. Religion played a significant part in the animosity of religious hatred between religions. Bosnian citizens were identified as either Orthodox Serb, Catholic Croatians, or Bosnian Muslims. The citizens of Bosnia all spoke the same language, had more or less the same Slavonic tongue, but their written language and cultures reflected their religious affiliations. Those who did not follow any religious preference during the war were …show more content…
The Catholic church supported the restoration of an independent Croatia. “The linkage between religion, ethnicity, and national identity has led some to conclude that the Catholic Church bears considerable responsibility for the conflict that occurred in Bosnia” (Powers 230-31). The Catholic church supported nationalism and wanted to end communist rule. The church supported the use of force in self defense, but did not support the lifting of the arms embargo out of fear of more violence. They justified the use of force agains the Serb aggression as an appeal to the international community to stop the slaughter of civilians in Bosnia (Powers 235). Bosnian Muslims are the only Muslims in the world that are a national and religious group. They were solely targeted because of their religious identity (Powers 239). Bosnian Muslims are considered to be converts from the Catholics who converted during Turkish rule. They were specifically targeted for ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian genocide because of ideological myths. They were considered responsible for the death of Prince Lazar, a Christ figure from Kosovo. The Bosnian Muslims shared the same views of war as the Croatian Catholics. They felt it was legitimate to use violence as a means to stop Serbian aggression. The Serbian Orthodox Church defines itself as, “The Serbian national’s natural entity, an organic body that cannot survive and flourish if it is divided or if it is separated from its religious,

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