Why do people base their opinion of a religion on it's extremists,?

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  1. jlpark profile image82
    jlparkposted 3 years ago

    Why do people base their opinion of a religion on it's extremists,?

    The extremists of any religion are an inaccurate example of that particular religion - be it ISIS, the WBC, the KKK (the KKK initially were aligned with the Christian religion - maybe not now) etc. Why do people ignore the normal, peaceful follower of a faith, and base their opinion on these inaccurate examples?? Particularly when they would get upset if the same was done to their own faith, or lack thereof?

  2. Hendrika profile image78
    Hendrikaposted 3 years ago

    The reason is because the extremists are the ones that stand out to such an extend that people start equating their behaviour to that specific religion.

    1. jlpark profile image82
      jlparkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That's true - you don't hear of the peaceful nature of most followers as they are overshadowed by the extremists. But surely, if one is religious themselves in a dif religion they would realise that the noisy ones aren't accurate examples?

  3. profile image60
    DJ Andersonposted 3 years ago

    Hi, Jacqui,
    The old adage, "the pesky fly get the attention", or "the squeaky wheel gets the oil", means those who cause a fuss get attention.  If the fly stays out of
    my space, I never think to get the fly swatter and lie in wait until he passes by.  If the wheel never squeaks, I would never think of applying oil. 
    People quickly learn that if they are quiet, they will never draw attention to their actions.  Those same people learn if they cause a big enough fuss,
    their grievance may get the attention that they hoped for.  Another example would be workers who join forces and go on strike.  They believe their grievances have enough merit that they band together to sway a company's
    policy, whether it be for better wages, benefits or treatment.
    When a person holds a deep conviction that their beliefs are correct, they
    feel they have the right to go against common thinking.  Their view or perception becomes changed and the more people they find that believe as they do, the more they are convinced that they are correct in their views.
    People have a right to believe anyway they want.  It is only when they try to inflect their beliefs on to others that the boundary lines are broken.

    Jacqui, some religions teach that the "blood" of the unsaved will be on their hands if they do not intercede and try to bring the words of the gospel to the unsaved.  These poor people are caught between a rock and a hard place.
    Should they not speak up and risk having to face the wrath of God, one day?  Or, should they try to bring you the good word so you, too, will be able to go to heaven, and their ass is in good standing because they brought you to God.  These people don't want you to go to hell.  And, they surely do not want to face their angry God.  They feel that they are helping.

    Jacqui, you know me and know where I stand.  I think you are truly trying to understand some of the veins of Christianity.  I hope this has been helpful to you.

    Give that baby a sweet hug,
    DJ.

    1. jlpark profile image82
      jlparkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks DJ - very helpful, and very true. The sweet wee bub gives great hugs, and she sends one back to ya!

  4. M. T. Dremer profile image92
    M. T. Dremerposted 3 years ago

    Effort and sensationalism. Extremists are more likely to put in the man hours to get noticed. They will stand on street corners holding signs and giving out packets. They will protest and organize their followers to a specific cause. They will go door to door and send out emails. And, since controversy leads to ratings on television, news stories are more likely to cover those people doing all that stuff, and their opposing extremists who argue back at them. It's a really toxic cycle that misrepresents both sides of every issue.

    And, while two people of differing views would probably be polite to each other in normal interactions, chances are the only time they've seen those differing views is in the context of the extremists on the corners and on TV.

    1. jlpark profile image82
      jlparkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      True true. Those whom you see more of, doing dramatic things, tend to stick more firmly in your mind I guess.

 
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