IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

Counteract terrorism with a refusal to hate

IN TODAY'S POST-9/11 WORLD, terrorist threats are diverse and complex. Recently, they included the death threats by Al Qaeda in Iraq against a Swedish artist and his editor, for what it considers art offensive to Muslims, as well as the uncovering of a major bomb plot that targeted Frankfurt International Airport, among others.

But the religious extremism that's behind many of these threats isn't actually new. There have been radical followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for many years. As early as 73 AD almost a thousand men and women—Jewish Zealots at Masada—chose death for themselves and their children rather than being taken prisoner by the attacking Roman army.

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