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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:

bulletPossible causes, aggravating factors, examples
 
bulletLinking inter-personal violence with studying a violent passage in the Bible
 
bulletA Church of England 2006 report links its teaching to spousal abuse
 
bulletReligiously motivated spanking of children
 
bulletIslam: Corporal punishment of women

 
bulletPersonal opinions on sources of religiously-motivated violence:
 
bulletWhile prayer is peaceful, violence is often in name of God, by Jon Brodkin
 
bulletChanging holy books to modify beliefs and alter behaviors, by Vladimir Tomek
 
bullet"Spare the Rod:" an essay describing partnership and dominator cultural models by Riane Eisler

Reports on oppression and hatred involving, at least in part, religion:

bulletU.S. State Department's annual human rights reports: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State publishes Country human rights and religious freedom reports annually. Sadly, although the reports catalog human rights abuses and victories in over 175 countries, it neglects conditions within the U.S. itself. See: http://www.state.gov/
 
bullet Hatewatch.org "monitors the evolving problem of online bigotry. Visit their news feed or their web site.


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