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Terrorism, abuse, violence,
murder, mass murder, &
genocide, sometimes motivated
by religion

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See also two closely related sections which
discuss other, less serious, dark sides of religion:

Religiously motivated hatred, animosity and intolerance

Religiously motivated  conflict, oppression, discrimination, etc.

Quotation (repeated elsewhere on this web site because we are so fond of it):

"A 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." - Author unknown.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletMost recent event: 2021: President Biden proposes changes to lower gun violence
bulletRoot causes & examples of religiously-motivated violence, conflict, oppression, etc.
bullet A historical overview of religiously-motivated mass murder, genocide, etc
bullet 2015-6: Muslims and Christians cooperating to defeat religiously-inspired terrorism

bullet 2017: Continuing terrorist attacks: Manchester, UK; Charlottesville, VA; Los Vegas, NV; New York, NY

bulletHistorical long-term violence directed at specific groups:
bullet Anti-Judaic and Anti-semitic persecution

bullet The real story of the Witch burning times

bullet Against Native Americans
bullet Milder violence against children in the form of corporal punishment/spanking
bulletReligiously motivated violence in the Bible:
bullet Four major genocides in the Bible ordered or managed by God

bullet Passages advocating violence and genocide in the Bible and other holy texts

bullet Slavery: in the Bible, in the  past & now
bulletRecent religiously motivated violence and terrorism:

star symbol 1998 to now: Worldwide persecution of Christians


star symbolThe ISIS terrorist group (a.k.a. Islamic State, ISIL, Daesh)


star symbol2016-JUN-12: The Orlando, FL mass shooting, at the Pulse LGBT nightclub


star symbol2017-JAN-29: Mass shooting in Quebec mosque shakes Canada: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4


star symbol2018-OCT: Three hate crimes with a racial & religious component, in Florida, Kentucky and a a mass killing in a Pittsburgh PA synagogue: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

bulletstar symbol2019-MAR: Mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand: Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5

bulletstar symbol2019-MAR: Priest stabbed at Mass in Montreal, Canada
bulletstar symbol2019-APR: One person killed, three injured in a California synagogue. Recent surveys in U.S. & Canada on Holocaust knowledge

star symbol2019-MAY: U.S. Congressional Anti-Semitism Awareness Act has not advanced. Antisemitism Worldwide 2018 Report issued


star symbol2019-OCT: Attack on a synagogue in Germany


star symbol2019-NOV: FBI arrests man accused of planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue. Teen planned church attack in Georgia

bulletRecent examples of religious hatred by followers of Abrahamic religions: Part 1   Part 2

bulletRecent media accounts of individual incidences of intolerance, discrimination, conflict, violence etc.

bulletstar symbolGenocide & mass crimes against humanity (often motivated by religion)

bulletThe Militia movement and U.S. domestic terrorism

bullet2001: The 911 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington DC & Arlington, VA


star symbol 1994 to now: The rise in Islamophobia: hate speech and violence against Muslims, mainly in the U.S.

bullet2011: The anti-government, anti-Muslim mass murder in Norway

bulletReligiously based civil unrest and warfare

bulletConflicts in Kurdistan, Kashmir, Myanmar, & Gaza

bulletConflicts in:
bullet Nazareth in Israel,
bullet Kashmir,
bullet Nigeria,
bullet Philippines,
bullet Yugoslavia-Kosovo,
bullet Yugoslavia-Vojvodia


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bulletSexual and ritual abuse topics:
bulletSexual abuse by clergy

bulletRitual Abuse of children (RA): All aspects; all points of view
bullet Studies of over 35 MVMO (multi-victim multi offender) cases

bulletSatanic/Sadistic Ritual Abuse (SRA): All aspects; all points of view

bulletSee additional essays on child sexual abuse

bulletVictims of memories and false allegations of sexual & ritual abuse:
bullet Repressed and Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT)

bullet Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD); Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

bullet How Children Disclose Sexual Abuse

bullet How Children Disclose Ritual Abuse in Day-Cares, etc.

bullet False Confessions by Adults

bullet Parents Victimized by Children's Protective Services
bulletOther topics relating to violence:
bullet Can religious proselytizing trigger hate crimes?

bullet Religious intolerance, violence etc mentioned in comic strips

Two essays donated by Susan Humphreys:

bullet An essay donated by James Peter Jandu: "Jungle Justice and Lynch Mob Mentality. Causes and cures."
bulletCanadian examples of institutional violence: (We don't want to give the impression that Canadians extremely violent. We just haven't gotten around to studying institutional violence in the U.S. and elsewhere)

bullet Residential schools for Native students in Canada

bullet The extermination of Canada's Innu people
bullet The National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women
bulletViolence and murder:
bullet In schools -- generally related to harassment or mental illness, not religious influences

bullet Targeting Christians

bulletAttempted solutions to religious persecution:
bulletBy removing passages from holy books that promote hatred, violence, etc.
bullet A listing of some of the above passages in the Bible

bulletFreedom from Religious Persecution Law

bullet "International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church" Held annually in mid-NOV

bulletThe menorah incident at Billings, MT

bulletOther related menus on this web site: 
bullet Religiously "hot topics" from abortion access to equal rights for homosexuals

bullet Laws related to religion and morality: Church-state separation, Human rights, etc.

Special note for survivors with memories of childhood ritual abuse:

Many tens of thousands of North Americans have recovered memories of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) during therapy sessions or through self-hypnosis -- mainly during the 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequent investigations have shown that the vast majoirty of such memories were iatrogenic in nature. That is, they were created during therapy and unrelated to real events. But, we are trying to locate a person with SRA memories that have always been present since the abuse occurred. If you are one, please send us an Email. We will keep your information in strictest confidence. (We have had this message in place for over 25 years (since 1995-AUG, during the early years of the Internet) with only one response to date.)

About The Violence Project:

Their webmasters have prepared the "Most Comprehensive Mass Shooter Database" for the United States at:

It includes data on "69 mass shootings, 172 mass shooters, over 50 years of data, and nearly 200 variables." The vast majority of states have had one or more mass shootings. Exceptions are New Mexico, and two groups of contiguous or nearly contiguous states:

  • Vermont and Maine in New England.
  • Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, in the mid-West.

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Copyright © 2001 to 2019 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance 
Originally written: 2001
Latest update: 2021-APR-09
Author: B.A. Robinson

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