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The rise of religious extremism is often focussed on terrorism in its most violent forms. Leaving aside those who use religion as an excuse for wider criminal activity, such as kidnap for profit or protection rackets, there is a far more insidious form of religious behaviour that is becoming increasingly widely reported. Whether that directly equates to it becoming a more prevalent form of crime remains to be seen.

What is important is that this activity is, potentially, not technically terrorism but it is more than the rather more nebulous (and therefore universally poor law) hate crime.

What we are seeing is increasing numbers of reports from around the world.

For example:


Regarding the murder of Salman Taseer "In Mardan, the Abdul Wali Khan University itself may have been complicit in the murder, as it has been alleged that the university itself issued a notification of five students being watched for blasphemy, effectively painting a target on their backs. The inquiry must hold the university administration accountable for such a controversial accusation" and "From the murder to Salman Taseer, to the open celebration of his killer Mumtaz Qadri as a martyr by hordes of extremists, administrations and legislators have been either scared, or asleep."

"These are dark times, and debate on the controversial blasphemy law has to take place, even if it offends people.
The common man is in no position to do this, as he will be murdered by ruthless mobs, the political leadership must take the responsibility or see more hate and violence destroy more families."


Pastor Raymond Koh, 62, of Sabah in East Malaysia, ", was snatched from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya [Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia] on 13 Feb. He was on his way to a friend's house then.
CCTV footage showed at least 15 men in three SUVs abducting Pastor Koh shortly after he left his house in Petaling Jaya. " In another story, two men who followed a lead on his abduction claim they were also abducted:

http://www.thestar.com.my/news..." Malaysia's political and official religious leaders have been remarkably quiet about the affair.

It is beginning to look as if religionism is the new racism with lynchings and disappearances becoming tools of choice for those who consider extreme forms of enforcement to be the way of compelling others to adopt their views.

Increasingly, any form of discussion is seen as dissent, by some.

The Pew Report says that, in some cases, religious intolerance is fuelled by those who do not want their way of life disturbed by refugees and migrants: in these cases, it says, it is often, but not always, Muslims who are the victims


The other side of the coin is that the USA has, for the first time, been named amongst the top 12 countries where Christians are targeted for their faith. But one has to be cautious: the report is produced by a pressure group that cannot be considered non-partisan or independent. http://www.persecution.org/per... . While its facts are probably right and its research seems reasonably thorough, it's objective is to root out persecution and this objective might be guaranteed to remove its objectivity.

There are contrary views: https://www.christiantoday.com...



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