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On Terrorism and Blasphemy

On Terrorism and Blasphemy

Varadaraja V. Raman

Emeritus Professor of Physics and Humanities, Rochester Institute of Technology; Senior Fellow, Metanexus Institute; Author of “Truth and Tension in Science and Religion.”


The term terrorism usually refers to any act (pre-determined and/or methodical) whose goal is to frighten and possibly kill people. Invading soldiers over the ages have terrorized innocent civilians in many regions of the world. Governments have terrorized their own people, the most glaring instance was in post-Revolutionary France during the Reign of Terror. On the other hand disgruntled, oppressed, and frustrated citizens (Irish Catholics, Algerian Muslims, Sri Lankan Tamils, etc.) have terrorized people and governments for various causes.There has also been terrorism by the majority on the minority in communities and nations: for example, Jews in Nazi Germany, Kurds in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and Blacks in South Africa. In recent years a new kind of terrorism has been emerging in which individuals or groups attack and murder innocent civilians in another country.


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Science, Religion and Culture


Vol. 5, Sp. Iss. 1 Pages 1-82


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