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Week One - HUM130 - CheckPoint - Effects of Religion




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Effects of Religion
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Effects of Religion
Religion affects people in numerous ways. Religion can make people extremely
self-righteous and charitable. However, this same self-righteousness can potentially lead
to extremism; this may affect a myriad lives that are not even directly connected to the
religion. Two momentous events that have occurred in the world as a result of religion are
The Crusades and the 9/11 attacks.
Religious extremism as pointed out above eventually led to The Crusades, whose
original purpose was to recapture Jerusalem by the Christians; it was under the rule of
Muslims. The Christians viewed themselves as the defenders of a crusading religion. The
Crusades, which was essentially a group of religious battles, took place from 1095-1291.
Shockingly, the crusades were actually approved by the Pope. The Crusades lasted for
over a century, and millions died as a result. One positive aspect of it, however, was that
Christianity ultimately spread across the nations and later resulted in more civilized
The 9/11 attacks consisted of a number of synchronized suicide attacks in the
United States which was commenced by Islamic fundamentalists. Four commercial
airliners were hijacked by terrorists with ties to Al-Qaeda, whose founder is Bin Laden.
Two of the airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, with both building
collapsing. The third airliner crashed into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C. Even
though, passengers tried to regain control of the plane, it still crashed in a field in
Pennsylvania. A majority of the 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks were civilians. Osama

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Bin Laden was the primary Islamist fundamentalist behind the attacks and his goal was to
end the repression of the Islamic world.
From the above instances, we see that religious fundamentalism has caused the
obliteration of both people and properties. These instances also demonstrate how even
though religion typically makes people self-righteous and charitable; the same self-
righteousness can potentially lead to extremism. Organized religion has made tragedies
such as The Crusades and 9/11 prevalent in both ancient as well as the modern times.

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