World View: Religious Conflict on the Rise Around the World
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Restrictions on religion, and religious conflicts, on the rise globally
- Why has Wall Street not been held accountable for financial crisis crimes?
Restrictions on religion, and religious conflicts, on the rise globally
Campaign poster by Swiss People's party advocating the ban on minarets - From 2009
Restrictions on the practice of religion, as well as religious
conflicts, have been increasing in countries around the world,
according to research from 2007 to 2010 by the Pew Research Center.
Three of the examples mentioned by the report are:
The number of countries with very high government restrictions
on religion increased from 10 to 18 during the period.
These include: Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Egypt, Vietnam,
Syria, Russia and Indonesia.
- November 2009 constitutional referendum in Switzerland banned
the construction of minarets on mosques in the country.
- In Indonesia, more than two dozen churches were forced to close
due to pressure from Islamist extremists or, in some instances, local
- In Nigeria, violence between Christian and Muslim communities,
including a series of deadly attacks, escalated throughout the
The number of countries experiencing social hostilities -- mob or
sectarian violence, harassment over attire for religious reasons and
other religion-related intimidation or abuse -- also increased.
Countries where social hostilities were high include: Pakistan, India,
Israel, Nigeria, Yemen, Palestinian territories, Egypt, Russia, Saudi
Arabia and Indonesia.
The level of restrictions and hostility also rose in the United
States, from a low to a moderate level. These incidents typically
occurred at the local level, including restrictions on wearing certain
religious attire or symbols, including beards, or difficulties in
obtaining zoning permits to build churches or mosques or religious
schools. Religion-related terrorist attacks spiked in the U.S. in
2009, including the Fort Hood attack by U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan,
and the attempted airplane bombing by the Nigerian underwear bomber.
Worldwide, the number of countries where religious groups were
harassed were: Christians - 139, Muslims - 121, Jews - 85, Hindus -
30, Buddhists - 21.
This is exactly what is predicted by Generational Dynamics theory
during a generational Crisis era. In a generational Awakening era,
such as America in the 1960s and continuing for several decades
thereafter, society places the highest priority on individual rights,
including freedom of religion. But as a society enters a generational
Crisis era, levels of nationalism and xenophobia increase sharply
along ethnic, religious and geographic lines. Individual rights
become subordinated to the concern for the survival of the nation and
its way of life, and religious harassment becomes a method for
"identity group expansion," which I discussed at length three days ago. This research has validated
the generational theory prediction, and suggests how increased
conflict between religions might lead to a regional war somewhere that
could spiral out of control through identity group expansion.
Pew Research Center
Why has Wall Street not been held accountable for financial crisis crimes?
A spotlight report by Al-Jazeera tells a story we've heard
before, though almost never from the mainstream media -- that
the banksters who committed the crimes that led to financial
crisis are not being investigated and prosecuted. One person
interviewed, Chris Swecker, formerly of the FBI, warned
banks of an epidemic of mortgage fraud as early as 2004.
However, his warnings were ignored:
"That's where we start to talk about criminal intent
and fraud is knowing full well that there was fraud going on and
just turning your back on it and saying, alright, we're going to
package this stuff up anyway and we're going to sell it
There is absolute certainty by this time that in 2004, the
banksters were knowingly creating tens of trillions of
dollars in fraudulent synthetic mortgage-backed securities
and selling them to gullible investors, resulting in the
global financial crisis that is far from over.
However, the Obama administration Justice Department adamantly refuses
to investigate the banksters who committed these crimes. According to
the report, they're refusing because the bankster financial
institutions provide huge amounts of money in campaign contributions
to the Democrats. However, the report points out that they contribute
even more to the Republicans, so a Romney victory in November will not
change anything. Al-Jazeera
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