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In hidden groups and hate-filled web forums, extremism thrives on stories of Islam vs the West

The attacks in Christchurch and Sri Lanka have exposed a pernicious myth of a clash between civilisations—one that's fuelling extremism on all sides

Indonesian christians students shows candle lit as their solidarity to the victims of the Sri Lankan blasts. Photo: PA

The series of coordinated suicide bombings that took place on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka marked the country’s deadliest violence in a decade, leaving over 350 people dead. The attack, which targeted several churches, alongside hotels and a banquet hall, have appeared to some as an illustration of Christianity under attack.

Only days after the world watched the spire of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris engulfed in flames—a tragic accident that…

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