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The myth of the myth of martyrdom

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 August 2014

Yael Sela
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. ysela@oakland.edu www.YaelSela.com shackelf@oakland.edu www.ToddKShackelford.com
Todd K. Shackelford
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. ysela@oakland.edu www.YaelSela.com shackelf@oakland.edu www.ToddKShackelford.com

Abstract

Lankford asserts that suicide terrorism is attributable to suicidality. We argue in this commentary that this assertion is not well supported theoretically or empirically. In addition, we suggest that failure to acknowledge religious beliefs as motivationally causal for suicide terrorism may place innocent people at risk of murder in the service of political correctness and multiculturalism.

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