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American Religious Terrorism

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Terrorism and Domestic Violence have many of the same COMMON CAUSES such as the need for Power Over, control and manipulation for the PURPOSE OF CREATING FEAR and to be RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST.

I am sure by now you have all heard about the USA's latest Religious Terrorist the Rev. Terry Jones who made waves all across the world the THREATENING to burn the Quran.

Both Religious Terrorists and domestic violence abusers use a lot of the same TECHNIQUES OF VIOLENCE. (Jones most likely uses mental/emotional violence to manipulate and control his "congregation." This was verified by CNN interviews with a previous congregation he had in Germany before he was kicked out of the country.)

TORTURE (mental/emotional distress over what MIGHT HAPPEN) and

FEAR such as UNPREDICTABILITY OF VIOLENCE. (First he was going to burn the Quran, then he wasn't, then he was, then he wasn't. It is still unclear what his future intentions are to keep the suspense going..)

BLAMING (Jones claims that Islam is corruptive of American religious values as he views them.)

THREATS (Jones only threatened to burn the Quran and by this threat created discord around the world. Why? Because people here and around the world gave him that power! If we all (including the media) had dismissed him as the arrogant, attention and power seeker he is, he would be just another loud-mouth with no power. As it is, he is gaining notoriety and power each day.

The terrorists' use of violence or the threat of violence is intended to create an INTENSE DRAMA. (Guess that worked for him.) THE ACT OF INSTILLING FEAR IS OFTEN MORE IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN THE ACT ITSELF. HIS INTENTION IS TO CREATE A DELIBERATE SENSE OF DREAD. It is this DELIBERATE SENSE OF DREAD that distinguishes terrorism from "simple" murder or assault.

AND BOTH TERRORISM AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAVE THE SAME WILLINGNESS TO DESTROY PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS. For example: People: the isolation, abuse and killing of women in American Religious Cults; Places: of worship of differing religious/race beliefs like the burning of African-American churches; and Things: like the burning of the Holy books of different religions or even withing the same religion and the bombing of buildings, etc

One common misconception is that terrorists must be diagnosably mentally ill or psychopathic. While there are a few exceptions, the terrorist whether in the home or in this country, is usually quite sane, although probably quite deluded by an ideological or religious way of viewing the world. RELIGIOUS TERRORISTS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS because they use God or a Higher Power as their excuse and justification for actions saying that no one can dare argue with that.

Terrorists leaders are usually older people ranging from their 30's to their 60's. Most American terrorists (and many others from other States too) are very well educated. Indeed, many American terrorists are often so highly educated that they are quite capable of sophisticated, (and highly biased), political analysis. (Jones used the 9/11 political event of years ago to justify his burning of the Quran now.)

To create a successful American cult or terrorist organization, leaders like Jones have developed a convincing story about:

1. IMMINENT DANGER to an "in group." (For Jones, Islam is the destructive force to his radical version of Christianity in his congregation and therefore he must destroy it.).

2. FOSTER GROUP IDENTITY (If enough people support Jones, then they join for a "cause."

3. DEHUMANIZE THE GROUPS "ENEMIES" (Jones threatened to dehumanize all Muslims by his threatening to burn the Quran thus the huge backlash from Islamic States.)

4. ENCOURAGE THE CREATION OF A "KILLER SELF" fully capable of murdering large numbers of people. (I don't think Jones is there yet but he will be if the media and people of the USA and the world continue to give him the attention he craves and thus the power to grow.)

It is us, the people of America and the people of the world, that are creating a future Jones monster no different than any other tyrant who heads an abusive household or heads a tyrannical State. Let's stop it now. After all, do we really want yet another religious tyrant dictating our lives?

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noreens's picture

interesting article

Hi Starland,

Your article was interesting. I read a lot about domestic violence and worked at a shelter so I could relate to your comparison. It makes a lot of sense, I think. I was happy that someone wrote about "Rev" Jones, and his ridiculous creation of an international day of Koran burning. I am Muslim, and I found his plan very offensive. A person does not have to agree with another's religion, but to insult it like that is just wrong. All religious books should be treated with respect, regardless of whether one agrees with their principles or not. It also was amazing to me that a leader of a congregation of 50 got so much attention worldwide. As you said, a large part of it was the fault of the media - why was he given a platform? Is he really so powerful that world leaders had to get involved? Unfortunately, Islam is a feared religion. People should take time to learn a bit about it instead of jumping to false conclusions and making stereotypes. I read many many comments by yahoo readers - the ignorance about and hate of Islam is unbelievable. I think many Muslims were sad about the events 9 years ago.

Sorry, I got a bit off the subject.........Anyway, Jones should not be given another minute of attention. He is trying to create serious problems to suit his own agenda.

I'll be reading some of the other articles you posted in your journal.

Noreen

Starland's picture

Thank you

Thank you, Noreen, for your response. I so very much appreciate it. As a side note, yesterday while pondering Jones' dynamics of terrorism, I randomly opened the Koran to Sura LXIII The Hypocrite. I smiled.

I agree whole heartedly - let's not give this guy any more attention.

Thanks again for your words. I look forward to hearing from you again.

K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

noreens's picture

I looked at your website.

I looked at your website. Just wondering if you do any work in the Middle East? Palestine - Israel in particular? I was born in the States, first generation American of Palestinian parents. I live in Israel now in the town my parents are from. There's so many human rights problems / issues here, so I just wondered. You would definitely have your hands full!!

Noreen

Starland's picture

soon?

As much as I would love to someday, right now I have been working the longest with South East Asia and within the past year or so with several NGO's in about 6 African countries. If there should be an opening for me to step into the Middle East, I would gladly do so. Thank you for asking.

K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

olutosin's picture

EXCELLENT

This is very thoughtful of you ma to write about this attention seeking man and it is just exactly as you have said it and I am sure that he will be kicking his wife at home or just transferred aggression through the people that accepted him, his congregation.

I do not know why some people's age do not come with wisdom, though it is not mandatory but essential. Your article is so self explanatory that we cannot just cant learn from everything.

We have stopped it now, nobody is talking about him unless those he won to his side in his church, religion has made us so gullible....hmn

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
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Starland's picture

wisdom

Thank you so much. Unfortunately, like you said, age is not a requirement for wisdom. I think, too, that there will never be World Peace until each and everyone has found Inner Peace within his/her self. Terrorists have no inner peace. They only have self-serving agendas.

love and hugs
K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

arkocobbaha's picture

Re: American Religious Terrorisim

Starland
Your article is excellent. One wonders the type of Christian Rev. Terry Jones (and he calls himself Reverend too !) is or the type of Bible he uses. Supposing Muslims are lost souls (which is absolutely nonsense) he should go back to the 'authentic' Bible and read Jesus' Parable on the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin in Luke 15. You don't bring back so-called lost souls by insulting them.
Albert

Starland's picture

Kind words

Thank you, Albert, for your kind words. I agree with all you said. The thing about terrorists, in house or out, is that they are totally self-serving and egotistical no matter how large or small their organization. They don't care about anyone even in their own group except in how others can serve him. To terrorists it is really all about themselves, sad to say. Jesus, in my opinion, was INclusive of everyone while terrorists are ultimately EXclusive. "My way or the highway" as the saying goes here.

Thank you again for responding. It is so very good to hear from you.

K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear K lee , Do you know 15

Dear K lee ,

Do you know 15 people were killed in Kashmir over this. As people started protesting in the already overcharged atmopshere here police opened fire killing 15 and injuring many. You know when I read about it I felt like saying GO TO HELL to him. That would have been the end of it but unforntunately everyone is not like that. There is this stupid, manupulative media orgnizations, these political and religious leaders whose thinking is very diffrent. You have giveen some sound advice and analysis on how Americans should be handling it. I wish all were like u.

May ur tribe increase.

Love

Nusrat

Y's picture

Start with a"god" that

Start with a"god" that demands to be feared and have blood sacrifices offered to appease his anger that has been stewing for thousands of years. What could possibly go wrong with those religions?

From New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Yvette

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