Following precedent, or following Jesus?
Major historical events in recent years have featured a frightening potpourri of political and religious vindication. Multiple organizations and movements impose moral-sounding claims by remarkably stern and decidedly disconcerting means.
Deobandi fundamentalism seeks to improve one religion in the East by purging it of its decadent Western influences. In Nigeria Boko Haram kidnaps and markets young women because the group insists that girls do not belong in school. The Lord’s Resistance Army, originally known as the United Holy Salvation Army, proposed to rule Uganda by the Ten Commandments.
Other religio-political movements include Salafi …