Religious conflict has taken a new role in the 20th and 21st century. Whereas before, religious disputes would be settled by all out war, now religious zealots use terrorism to draw attention to their cause and to gain support or demands they may have. Terrorism is defined as “the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)” by wordweb.princeton.edu. In a religious context it means that a groups of persons use violence to attain some goal, normally religious, but sometimes political.
Today people in the USA think of terrorism relating only to Islam and the Islamic extremists always shown on TV. Unfortunately that is far from the only group to commit terrorism. Christianity and Judaism have had their share of terrorist acts.
An example some of the earliest acts of Christian terrorism in the United States would be the Ku Klux Klan. They terrorized African Americans and other minorities, in the name God no less. More modern terrorism is that members of extremist groups such as the Army of God began executing attacks against abortion clinics and doctors across the United States. A number of terrorist attacks, including the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics, were carried out by individuals and groups with ties to the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements
Judaism is and was also guilt of terrorism, especially in order to get Israel from the British during and after World War II. Groups like Irgun and Haganah were prominent heir violent actions to get their “rightful” land. Irgun was responsible for the massacre of 107-120 Palestinian villagers and burned their village, as well as bombing a hotel killing 91 people, among other acts of violence and terrorism.
The prejudice of Islamic extremists is founded in truth. They do use a lot of terrorism to try to gain political and religious goals. It is because of how modern the attacks and the media reporting on them, causing fears to spread. These more modern attacks have given the Muslims a profile of suicide bombers.
Terrorism, now given a new face with the 9/11 attacks and such have made religious wars and violence much better then they is. And all the religions are guilty in some way or another by inciting some sort of violence. These modern times have left a lot of death instead of a unifying peaceful experience religion and God should be.