The Global Impact of Religious Violence
TIP O'NEILL, THE FAMOUS Speaker of the United States House of Representatives ( 1977-1987 ), is often credited with popularizing the phrase, ''.All politics is locaI:'1 In the case of religious violence, it is particularly difficult to say that "all violence is local:' The shootings in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016 are related, even if indirectly, to the airport attacks in Belgium and Istanbul. In turn, these events are related to the American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Indeed, religious violence can easily transcend geography and locality because its actors live all over the globe and/or can travel seamlessly across many borders. More importantly, the mentality that accompanies religious violence is not restricted to any locality.
This book chapter is published as “The Global Impact of Religious Violence: A Response,” in André Gagné, Spyridon Loumakis and Calogero A. Micelli, eds., The Global Impact of Religious Violence (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016), pp. 167-197. Posted with permission.