First off, to the mods: I apologize if I'm putting this request in the wrong place or if it is against the concept of the "discussions" on E. This is a topic I'd really like to have an in-depth discussion on and I couldn't find another place to advertise for a partner... if you feel the need to nix the topic, please do so, but please PM me and let me know a better venue. Thanks in advance.
Now, to the meat of things--I would like a partner to discuss the nexus of religion and violence. This idea came up in some measure during our discussions in the forum regarding the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, but I would really like to take a deeper look at the topic.
Since in the modern context the linkage between violent religion and Islamic extremism is inevitable, I believe that would be a good starting point for our discussion. That said, however, I would like to go past that to talk about violence in other religions and use all of that as a springboard for the discussion of violence and religion in general. Are the two inexplicably linked? &c &c. Please PM me if you have an interest in discussing formally on the board.