Radicalization: A menace to Society
A Society is built on structures and belief systems i.e. the distinctive, stable arrangement of institutions whereby human beings in a society interact and live together. These are fundamentally political, religious, family, law, economy, or class. So what happens when these structures are radicalized?
Well, let’s start with religious radicalization. Radicalization is having extreme views on certain issues that undermine the status quo or contemporary ideas and expressions of the nation. This view does cause rifts between communities hence the rise of terrorist groups, cults, or a political coup.
In the case of religious radicalization in the Muslim community, the rise of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab are as a result of radical religious beliefs and wanting total social domination in their community and the world at large. These groups have caused mass killings across the world as a way of passing their message.
Radicalization brings the society to its knees due to a few people wanting to dominate by way of force. Trying to impose ideologies that disrupt the way of life. Everybody has freedom of expression as long as it doesn’t infringe on other’s rights. Al-Shabaab radicalizes the youth and entices them by ‘offering a better life to their families’, a lie that young men fall for.
A good example of radicalization in the Christian faith is back in the 70s, an American preacher by the name Jim Jones. He was a self-professed faith healer, and civil rights activist who conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass murder-suicide of himself and his followers in his jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978. Some say his body wasn’t left with the cult members and his body was never found.
Radicalization is a menace to society. It leads to violent extremism. As a result, it causes pain and distress to loved ones. It pushes people to crime or be part of crime in that, for people to push the radical agenda, in most cases violence as to be enforced.