Extremism

RADICAL RELIGIOUS TEACHER'S PUBLICATIONS BANNED FOR EXTREMISM

Rasul Dahri, a radical Singaporean preacher, has had 9 of his publications banned under the Undesirable Publications Act, says the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) today. According MCI, the publications contain extremist religious views, which include remarks denigrating other religious groups and calls for Muslims to overthrow the secular state and establish an Islamic state.

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DEAR CHC SUPPORTERS, BREAKING THE LAW IN THE NAME OF GOD DOESN'T MAKE IT OKAY

I read the responses from aggrieved supporters of the accused following the outcome of the CHC trial. Some CHC members said the accused had "good intentions" but had simply used "methods not directly abiding with the law, in the judge's opinion." This is dangerous. And it underscores a deeper, perennial problem with religious extremism and blinded religious devotion in society. Support the accused as friends, people or fellow Christians who have gone astray if you must. But please don't excuse what they did or exonerate them because (they say) they did it in the name of God.

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SHOCKING: YOUNG GIRLS HIDE EXPLOSIVES UNDER THEIR HIJAB

Women in north Nigeria's largest city Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab. The commercial city was hit last month by four separate attacks involving teenaged girls in the Muslim dress, leaving at least nine people dead and scores more injured. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, fingers have been pointed at Boko Haram, the Islamist militants blamed for a string of attacks on the city.

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PALESTINIAN BLOODSHED: A VICTORY FOR VIOLENT EXTREMISM

Regardless of your faith, pray for the people of Palestine and Israel that sane moderate voices would emerge from both sides and put a stop to this mutual violence. The use of violence seldom bring about its desired outcome but guarantees only misery, hardship and suffering. History has demonstrated time and again the pitfalls of such violent extremism and it is up to humans to recognise this and stop such extremism from taking root.

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Double Standards: Religious Freedom, Filial Piety and Funeral Ceremonies

While filial piety is a cardinal virtue of all major faiths, no one is compelled to adopt a particular religious interpretation of filial piety which involves the afterlife. Such beliefs belong to the realm of individual conscience. Religious freedom entails the right not to participate in any ceremony of a religion other than one's own. While the passing of a loved one is a time of great loss and mourning for all, relatives are entitled to refrain from participating in funeral ceremonies of religions other their own.

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