Nonreligious Terrorism


June 02, 2010[Updated 04/06/2012]

Cho Seung-Hui, killed 32 in the Virgia tech incident in 2007

Cho Seung-Hui, killed 32 in the Virginia tech incident in 2007

NewsRescue OpEd- We are all used to religious terrorism. Thanks to names like Osama Bin Ladin, Or American Al Qaeda, the world is highly sensitized to religious extremist terrorism and fanaticism. But what we all missed is a greater menace and terrorism in our midst. A more dangerous and illusive organization, that has killed so many more than religious terrorism has and threatens to kill more and more as it expands globally and its prophets gain more and more converts.

Indeed nonreligious terrorism claims lives everyday in so many countries world wide, especially in the western world, but intentionally fails to be branded as such, to diminish public fears.

Common definitions of terrorism refer  to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for an ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians). Nonreligious terrorism, completely fits this definition.

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On Wednesday, a 52 year old man, Derrick Bird, embarked on a rampage that began near Whitehaven and ended when he turned a gun on himself. His story was reported in the media as that of a crazy person. Simply crazy, no complications, no indoctrination and no affiliations. His investigation will almost certainly not lead far. The type of books he reads, will not be examined so long as they are not popular religious books. If he has Richard Dawkins’ ‘The God delusion’ open on his table, police officers will fail to notice…and if they do, will fail to publicize this. Similar rampage murder suicides are no news to us. They happen so regularly, people shooting up schools, the Virginia tech case, shooting up places of work, Walmart killing sprees.


In China, almost every other day, there is a sad report of a disenfranchised person going to schools and using the available weapons in China,- knives, cleavers, etc. to stab and murder little children. Dozens of children have been killed in this sick spate and hundreds injured. Like in the western world, these killings usually end or are planned to have the same ending- suicide.

What we probably missed is the fact that such killing sprees almost never occur in traditional religious societies. Yup. Africa, the Muslim world and religious Asia (India) do not know these types of killing sprees. They do not witness this type of insane terror. In Africa, when a person kills, there is damn well a clear reason. Perhaps crazy, but clear. He almost certainly killed for some money ritual, or just for money. In the Middle East, when a person kills, well, perhaps he is a robber, or he is a terrorist or maybe he is killing under the umbrella of some ridiculous cultural ‘honor,’ ‘re-establishment’. But that’s it. People never go on blind, so-called psycho killing sprees.

The psychos in these cultures become armed robbers or religious terrorists, with a clear reparable and defined objective. A social menace that can be understood, recognized and repaired with social adjustment. Poverty alleviation in Africa. The Israeli issue in the Middle East. But what of the menace of nonreligious terror?

Ali Hirsi

Ali Hirsi

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

Doctrine that gains converts to this ideology are spewed everyday. Richard Dawkins is not short of cash making ideas to write about and distribute, on how God should be hated and how religious people are insane.

Charles Hitchens, and Ali Hirsi are not too far behind, producing doctrine upon doctrine for a growing team of nonreligious folk out there who are very combatant, seizing every opportunity to insult and attack religious environments and ideas, on the internet and off. They wear T shirts to instigate and propagate, they use handles that declare their ideology and their follower-ship of the Dawkins doctrine.

Why do their killings escape our notice as acts of organized terror?

It is simple. We are looking for an ideology in killings, we are looking for a plain red flag- a religious book, a religious verse or even just being religious. When nonreligious people kill, we fail to associate it with their being non religious, especially in the western world. If this happened in non-western nations it would be picked instantly.

The doctrine is actually clear-

Religion is a doctrine of accountability to a Creator. Our bodies are borrowed and so are those of fellow man. We can never kill ourselves or innocent others, except we are are psycho, like seriously psycho to forget the accountability for sins and crimes.

Nonreligious doctrine is a doctrine of unaccountability. Unaccountability after death. It is a doctrine of disbelief in God, or a Controller in charge, to put it mildly, and to be realistic, these days, it is actually becoming more of a rebellion and fervor against a Creator, believed in or not.

The nonreligious person feels that once he can terminate his killing spree with a suicide, he is off, his chapter is closed, it ends there, he actually took the people he killed’s pain away as he ‘removed them from an unnecessary cycle of joy and sadness in life’ and he took his away too as the minute he pops the cap in his head. He and his pain are over. No hell, no accountability, no recompense.

This doctrine is actually so dangerous, because it spreads silently and easily under the radar. People read books about unaccountability, and then suicide and murder-suicide clubs are officially or unofficially formed and these believers in a doctrine of unaccountability, go on to make that phone call,  write that letter, or make that terror video explaining that they will no longer be seen, and then they go out to terrorize and prove to the world that God does not exist, it all ends here, and they have taken the pain away.

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mao_zedongChinese media aggressively censors news of successful murder spree suicide terrorism in a bid to limit it, as they understand clearly how contagious this dangerous terror doctrine is.

It’s the difference between thinking and believing in a doctrine that sees each life as an amazing gift and creation of splendor, and the other doctrine that sees life as a coincidence and perchance arrangement of sorts without any intelligent and decisive plan behind it. Joseph Stalin, a famous nonreligious menace in power, in his reigns of terror, killed over 40 million people. More than religious wars have ever killed. And he did so because of this ideology of unaccountability. A lack of fear of a Creator and regard for human life. The Chinese Mao Zedong, another famous nonreligious individual who had the reigns of power is estimated to have killed up to 72 million innocent people.

It is time we recognize this very dangerous situation we are in and this brand of terror that is actively propagating and plaguing the western society. I bet from now you’ll see the pattern.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue



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    bob 20 February, 2011 at 18:21 Reply

    "If he has Charles Dawkins ‘The God delusion’ open on his table"

    It's Richard Dawkins, not Charles Darwin.

    Sure there are non-religious murdurous freaks. For these people there is a clear reason. Almost all of them were abused as a kid and went through traumatic events that made them hate certain people. It does not mean what they did is justified. In thier eyes it is justified just as religious terrorists say its justified. The difference is that one is based upon ancient books and fairytales. what is more scary?, a person killing in the name of Saw or someone killing because they were abused and bullied?

    " “What are you now?” she asked.

    “Remember the Tsar?” he asked. She did. “Well, I’m something like that.”

    “So, Mom,” Stalin asked, “why did you let Dad beat me so much when I was young?”

    She shrugged. “We must have done the right thing — look how far you’ve come!”"

    There is always a reason for someones actions, the reason can be anything, but there is always a reason. Anyone who is a terrorist is crazy, not just non-religious.

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    Jen 5 November, 2011 at 14:13 Reply

    And some of them were not abused as children, so what is their clear reason

    The author is right when he says it is a scary thought that these non-religious people can kill and then kill themselves because then they think that is the end, they do not need to answer to anyone but themselves no need for remorse or guilt, just death, so if your going to blame the religious extremists you should be balanced and stop hiding the horrible effects of non-belief.

    I also think you are missing the authors main point here, it is that nonreligious people will be crazy and kill, yet noone points to their nonreligious beliefs, which may be very significant in the choices they have made.

    It is a little rediculous to blame only religion for mass murder when non-belief is just as guilty if not more guilty.

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