Religious Terrorism : Islamic Terrorism

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Joseph Riley Killen Mrs. Jeanne Foust English 12 Honors December 2, 2016 Religious Terrorism Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. In other words terrorism is not a good thing. There are numerous types of terrorisms. Some are terrorists for political reasons, some are terrorists for religious reasons, and some are terrorists simply because they are out of their mind. Religious terrorism is one of the fastest growing types of terrorisms today. According to a survey done by the Atlantic, seventy-five percent of Americans think that religious terrorism is a growing, major threat to modern society (Merritt). Terrorist acts based off religion are usually done by individuals labeled as “Religious Extremists.” Since there are no official definition for a religious extremist, one might say that a religious extremist is someone who takes the teachings of their religion way too far. What does an individual imagine when they hear the word “terrorist?” Stereotypically, one would picture a male with a darker complexion, a turban or head wrap on their head, and a lethal weapon. The weapon could range from a simple knife to a fully-locked and loaded AK-47. Why do people picture this figure? Well, people from all over the world can probably attribute the stereotypical terrorist image to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It also does not help that today’s social media thrives off of rude and

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