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Terrorism is terrorism if it is by a Muslim, but would it be otherwise justly called extremism for a Christian

Jul 23, 2011
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Jul 27, 2011
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Who the hell are Alpha 66? Are the JDL those Zionists who wont; allow any criticism of jews?

Aug 07, 2011
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Its all a matter of perspective, people consider it 'terrorism' when it is being used either against them or by a group they dont agree with. However if those people were using similiar tactics to strengthen a belief they supported they would consider it justifiable 'extremism'.

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Jul 25, 2011
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Let's not forget other terrorists group, like the JDL, Alpha 66, et al not all terrorism involves violence. There are many forms of terrorists. There are religious zealots and terrorists of many religions and sects

Jul 24, 2011
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The united states government has no bias (except for themselves of course) on what can be considered a terrorist organization. Several radical animal rights groups bear that label. Few christians commit severe acts of violence (the ones that do have been labeled terrorists) which is where the gap lies i believe.

Jul 26, 2011
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A very recent, obvious example would be the recent attack/massacre in Norway. Anders Breivik was acting on firm Christian beliefs of superiority, and believed that he, as a Christian, was a savior by killing all Muslims, those that were "tainting European society and culture". Even though he is Christian, he is still considered by all governments, including the US Gov, to be a terrorist.

Aug 27, 2011
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By definition, terrorism refers to "the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or its threat" while extremism refers to "holding extreme or fanatical political and/or religious views". There is a possible overlap between them but they do not refer to the exact same thing. Terrorism involves violence while extremism does not. If the media misrepresents Christian "terrorism" as "extremism", it is their fault. We should be clear about the differences between the terms.


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