Chapter 34
Religious Extremism in the Twenty-First Century
In This Chapter
• September 11th and its aftermath
• Reactions to religious extremism
• What religious extremists have in common
• The best response
The terrorist attacks upon the United States of September 11, 2001, highlighted, in an impossible-to-ignore way, the issue of violence committed in the name of religion. Although the scale of those attacks was unprecedented in the United States, it is important for Americans to remember that religiously motivated violence took place in their country before September 11 (for instance, when religious extremist Eric Robert Rudolph bombed the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta)—and after September 11 (for instance, when the anti-abortionist Scott Roeder ...

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