On Terrorism and Religion, My visit to the Global Terrorism Database

On Terrorism and Religion
My visit to the Global Terrorism Database
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today I happened to be browsing the news at Yahoo and came across a comment that got me to thinking about the religious preference of those who have committed terrorist attacks. This idea and a web search led me to the Global Terrorism Database at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You would think in these days of religious extremism that a Global Terrorism Database would include such basic information such as the religion of the attackers, but not so!

I am sadly disappointed in Homeland Security and the researchers at the University of Maryland for what I see as a serious lack professional ethics and scientific detachment. Political Correctness has no place in this project and as researchers and scientists they should not need to be told this fact. As I stated in my E-mail to START, this type of action brings the credibility of your work and efforts in to question.

Below is a copy of my E-mail and the address of START

Sirs,

I asked for a simple sort of the data by religious preference or affiliation and the query came back as null data set.
Political correctness in this instance is unacceptable and shows a serious lack professional ethics and scientific detachment. Please correct this glaring omission as it affects the credibility of your work and efforts.

Kyle K. Wolfe

START: A Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA 301.405.6600

infostart@start.umd.edu
http://www.start.umd.edu/

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2 Responses to On Terrorism and Religion, My visit to the Global Terrorism Database

  1. Thank God someone finally said it. I’m starting to doubt the merit of political correctness in many instances, especially when it in no way actually denotes respect. I’m all for the elimination of perjorative (sp?) words as understanding and respect grows…but yea, not including their religions is a pretty glaring omission. Do you think there’s another reason for the omission?

    • kylekwolfe says:

      My take is that the PC crowd in DC thinks that by not offending the Islamic World they will stave off another 9/11. Take a look at the way they are bending over backwards to build that Mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site and you tell me. Personally I think that the U.S. has as much chance of placating the Islamic World as Nevile Chamberlain did with Hitler. It isn’t if the U.S. will get hit again, it is a question of when will the next attack slip through.

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