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The scary sound of religion

Fanaticism and extremism arise the moment religion is detached from its cultural and historical background.

Co-author: Ole Bjørn Petersen 

The 11. September 2001 apparently woke up to a new reality. Where the conflict picture used to be called East-West, people started talking about North-South – about the Western world to the Islamic world, if you will. But as dramatic as it may have occurred, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York was just another stop on a long journey, and the contradiction everyone was talking about was only part of an even bigger complex found in many shadows and variants worldwide.

Many claim that we have experienced a paradigm shift, where religion has come to stand as the real driving force where it was previously strategic and political interests that drove the global work. But this is only half true. The religious element has always been present, but lying and smoldering. . .

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Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

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