Group Responsibility

View image | gettyimages.com After the murders in France, people were once again discussing the matter of group responsibility. In the case of these murders, some contend that all Muslims are
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View image | gettyimages.com After the murders in France, people were once again discussing the matter of group responsibility. In the case of these murders, some contend that all Muslims are responsible for the actions of the few who committed murder. In most cases people do not claim that all Muslims support the killings, but there is a tendency to still put a special burden of responsibility upon Muslims as a group. Some people do take the killings and other terrible events as evidence that Islam itself is radical and violent. This sort of “reasoning” is, obviously enough, the same sort used when certain critics of the Tea Party drew the conclusion that the movement was racist because some individuals in the Tea Party engaged in racist behavior. It is also the same “reasoning” used to condemn all Christians or Republicans based on the actions of a very few. To infer that an entire group has a certain characteristic (such as being violent or prone to terrorism) based on the. . .

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