The past few weeks have seen terrorism change its face once again. The emergence of far-right terrorism has not only caused a stir in the world of counter-terrorism but has also cast a different light on religion and other fundamental words and definitions. The lone gunman attack at a mosque in Christ Church New Zealand has been attributed to the extreme far right. This implies political rather than religious motivations. To some extent, it absolves other religions from being affiliated with the act despite evidence suggesting that most attacks committed by the far right or in this case ‘white supremacists’ are motivated by religion.
History has given us sufficient lessons on religious intolerance that go as far back as the days of the crusades and the inquisitions. Most would assume that these tensions have only been between Muslims and Christians. Most recently, however, we have seen tensions between Hindus and Muslims in Pakistan and India, a further sign that terrorism can rear its head from any if not all religions.
The term Islamic Terrorism, not only casts a shadow on all Muslims with regard to acts of violent extremism but obliges them to deny or detach themselves and their religion from the vice. This creates unfair grounds for other religions to attack Islam as the ‘dark child’ who is considered violent and unstable. The latest developments, however have exposed the skeletons in the closet for most of the other religions of the world. Most if not all of these attackers pledge allegiance to one religion or another despite all the said religions claiming to be peaceful and tolerant. Maybe it is time the whole world agrees that ‘Terrorism has no Religion’