Jonathan Matusitz is associate professor of communication at the University of Central Florida. His teaching load includes courses on terrorism and communication and on intercultural communication. Matusitz has warned of a “civilization jihad” by Islamic fundamentalists, and his comments and teachings have come under fire from Muslims. He defends his remarks in an Aug. 22, […]
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and domestic terrorism, says there were more than 1,000 hate groups in the United States in 2012. These groups often have a religious element to their agendas.
“Building Mosques, Importing Jihad”
Read an interview at BeliefNet with Brian Glynn Williams, a historian of Islam, who says that “Islam is not the driving machine behind the Chechen resistance.”
“Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade”
Read an April 17 column at CNN on the decline in the number of bombings in the U.S. in recent years and who has been behind the earlier attacks.
“What to Read Now on Chechnya: The best background info on the Boston suspects”
The New Republic has a site with links to key background resources on Chechnya and the role it may have played in the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers.
“FRC Blames ‘Sexual Liberalism’ and ‘Family Breakdown’ for Mass Murders”
The Family Research Council, a leading advocacy group for social conservativism, drew fire for an email that seemed to blame liberal values for tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing and gun attacks.
“Boy at Home in U.S., Swayed by One Who Wasn’t”
Read a New York Times story on the two brothers and what may have led them to abandon fairly normal lives for acts of terrorism.
“The Boston Bombing Suspects Were Reared by Both Chechnya and America”
Read an April 19, 2013 article in the New Republic about the influences on the Boston Marathon bombers.