Effects of Religion - ideals that go beyond their faith and...

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Effects of Religion Organized religion has resulted in a number of conflicts around the world. From the first Crusade in 1096 to “free the Holy Land” from Muslim rulers to the notion of jihad perpetuated in terrorist organizations such as Hamas or al-Qaeda today, religion has been the justification for acts of violence over the course of centuries. Even when not used outright as a cause for war, religion has also been used to rally troops in times of conflict. As Alles and Ellwood (2007) pointed out, songs such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic with its famous line, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”, have served as important religious symbolism for troops who feel morally justified in their actions. Religion has also served as a rallying point for a number of important social causes. The Dalai Lama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X are men of faith who also stand for
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Unformatted text preview: ideals that go beyond their faith and encompass equality for all. The faith of the aforementioned religious leaders eventually guided them to champion causes of human rights for the people of their respective communities, and eventually for all of humanity. Just as Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophies led to the nonviolent protests of Indians against British rule, so too did the American civil rights movement begin in the Baptist churches and the mosques of the Nation of Islam. References Alles, Gregory D., and Robert S. Ellwood. (2007) "War and Religion." Encyclopedia of World Religions , Revised Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc. Modern World History Online . Retrieved on January 27, 2010 from http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? ItemID=WE53&iPin=EWR0550&SingleRecord=True...
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This note was uploaded on 06/17/2011 for the course HUM 130 130 taught by Professor Deborahgeorge during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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