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Jon Brodkin

Jon Brodkin is the Health and Environment Reporter for the MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA., 508-626-4424.

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While Prayer is Peaceful, Violence is Often in Name of God

Christians today denounce atrocities committed by their religious forebears during the Inquisition and Crusades. President Bush calls Islam a "religion of peace," despite the murder of American innocents on 9/11 in the name of Allah. Violence in the name of religion is often portrayed as the purview of psychopaths who twist the divine word of God to suit their own destructive purposes. But is religious violence a problem of people, or a problem of scripture?