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   Ruz-Mora 1 Jorge Ruz-Mora Monica Sedore ENC 1101 8 October 2009 Religion and Wars Religion has created a scapegoat for fanatics to kill innocent people in the name of their faith. People who fight in religious wars fight with more passion and have more motivation because their faith is driving them to fight. Some religious wars were extremely bloody like the Crusades. Others have been going on for centuries like the war between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. Another example is the small scale wars between rebels in Africa. In Madeleine Albright's essay "Faith and Diplomacy" and in the Dalai Lama's essay "Ethics and the New Genetics ",  they both discuss how faith is a global issue that limits human kind from coming together as a one family. When looking at faith, many limitations can be found when it comes to dealing with global issues. The biggest issue that limits human beings from coming together as one is fanatics killing innocent civilians in the name of their religion. When a religious group wants to take control of a piece of land that has a big religious value, war between religious groups is inevitable. There is no better example of two religious groups fighting over a piece of land than the Crusades. During the time of The Crusades the Christians believed that they had to clean the Holy Land of impurities. Basically, Christian Knights went over to Jerusalem to fight the Muslims due to the fact that they believed that they had the divine right over the land. The Christian Knights swore that they would fight to their last breath to eliminate the Muslims and take over the Holy Land. In her essay Madeleine Albright discusses that, "studies indicate that wars with a religious component last longer and are fought
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   Ruz-Mora 2 more savagely than other conflicts" (Madeleine Albright 2). The Crusades lasted for many years and thousands of people died. Both sides fought ferociously. The Christian Knights or Crusaders fought and died bravely because they thought that they were doing this in the name of God, so their death was an honorary one. This entire war was caused by the Christians wanting to control Jerusalem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, a piece of land that was of religious value to both the Christians and the Muslims. If the Crusaders would have seen themselves in the Muslim's shoes, the war would have stopped because the Crusaders would have seen how similar they were to the Muslims and how similar all humans are. In his essay the Dalai Lama states that, "I have always argued that the differences of . ..religion. ..and so forth among human beings have no substance in the face of our basic sameness" (Dalai Lama 52). If the Christians weren't so limited by their faith they could have seen that all humans are equal and that a bloodshed in the name of God is a terrible way to express love towards "The Almighty". Also, similar to the Crusades in bloodiness was the wars between the Catholics and Protestants. Many centuries ago, in Europe, Catholics and Protestants fought over whose religion
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2010 for the course PHY 303 taught by Professor Warm during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Adirondack.

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