Why religious fundamentalism must be checked

It may not be as overtly violent as acts of terror, but it remains dangerous in being the precursor of radicalism.

The case of the family who killed themselves in suicide bombings in Indonesia and the latest rounds of arrests in Singapore for terror-linked activities show that those involved need not necessarily be "down and out". They have done reasonably well in life, yet they chose pathways towards radicalisation and violence to destroy the society that they had benefited from.

Why do they then go down the route of violence?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2018, with the headline 'Why religious fundamentalism must be checked'. Print Edition | Subscribe