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This paper discusses the effects of religious fundamentalism on society, and points out that religion alone is powerless, but when used for political control, it becomes deadly. The paper describes the pervasive effect of religious zealots on societies in Afghanistan, the Middle East and America, and argues that the only way around it is education. The paper asserts that capitalistic ideals today are creating a void, through economic divisions, that are being filled by religion. The paper argues that it is a struggle for power and has to be stopped if the human race is to progress under the banner of human rights.
From the Paper:"After the end of Communism the next political division between the West and the rest of the world has been based on religious fundamentalism. The West's' fear of the religious zealots who wage 'jihad' (Holy War) in the name of Islam is almost akin to the fear they had of the spread of Communism---if not more. For where Communism was an ideology that could be fought religious fundamentalism is more like an addiction that cannot be cured unless its isolated and treated---the option that is not available. That the fear was well founded can be seen in the September 11, 2001 attacks that had the United States and the rest of the world in a state of shock. The fact that they had been right was small consolation in wake of the desolation that spread throughout the world. "
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Religious Fundamentalism (2003, October 12) Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/religious-fundamentalism-36542/
"Religious Fundamentalism" 12 October 2003. Web. 16 May. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/religious-fundamentalism-36542/>