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Rahim Al-Showthabi ( YEMEN POST STAFF )
Article Date: November 03, 2008
In a study, conducted by the Yemeni Polling Center (YPC), 94.75 percent of respondents don't link terror with religion.
Terrorists have no religion as all religions don't permit cruelty. "Unfortunately, the use of the phrase religious terrorism in everyday dialect, as also in the media conveys something completely unusual to religion,” said sociologist and Thamar University Professor Hefdalah Naser Abdullah. "The Holy Quran noted clearly that the words "religion" and "terror" cannot be linked as that no divine religion permits violence," he added.
When hearing the word terrorism, 42.25 percent of respondents said that it means damage, murder, violence, bombings, or attacks targeting innocent people. At the same time 14 percent of respondents said that it means fear, insecurity and 9 percent of respondents said it does not mean anything for them.
The United Nations has never made any link of terror act with a particular religion as religion orders love, mercy and peace. Terror on the other hand, is the opposite of religion; it is cruel, merciless and demands bloodshed and misery.
The overwhelming majority of participants in the study believed that attacking foreign embassies, hurting tourists, or bombing foreign facilities are terrorist actions. Also, respondents believe that the use of chemical, biological or other deadly materials against people are cruel behavior against humanity.
Meanwhile, some 79 percent of respondents considered looting of private or public property by force as terrorist actions.
Sadly, terrorism is dangerous and damages the national economy and investment as it deprives the country of investments. Money paid for fighting terror affects economic and social development. It also poses a great threat to the maintenance of moral and social norms.
The study linked the current economic crisis the country is facing with terror as poverty and unemployment came in the high top of the pyramid.
The overwhelming majority by almost 94 percent of respondents hoped for a special law to combat terrorism.
Respondents differed in their views on laws and procedures that should be taken against terrorists. Some 67 percent of the study's participants supported the death penalty, while 15 percent of them supported life imprisonment for those who attack innocent people.
Particularly, for the period of the last two decades, the concept of "religious terror" has wrongly been used and this concept came to the top of the international agenda.
The Yemen Polling Center (YPC) is a non-governmental organization, established in December 2005. It is the first and only polling center in Yemen, providing the highest quality in survey research.YPC designs and performs opinion polls, scientific researches, polling questionnaires and surveys that look at the relationship between public knowledge and public opinion.