The object of terrorism is terror. Not religion or politics, although it often hides its ugly face behind both. As a follower of the Old Religion, a Pagan, I have little sympathy for people who engage in mass murder because they take umbrage at something that is said, written or drawn about their faith. After all my Craft has been maligned, ridiculed, demonized, caricaturized, satirized and exploited for fun and profit by almost every religion in history. However, no matter what is said against us, not one tiny increment of our faith in Goddess or determination to walk our spiritual path depends upon the good opinion of others. That is probably why we have no need or desire to perpetrate terrorism.
It has been my experience that those who are the most willing to squeal about persecution are often those who are most willing to offer it up to others. To wit: people who strenuously object to anti Christian or Semitic literature, speech or deeds have no problem tarring all Muslims with the same terrorist brush.
Even more despicable in many ways is the so-called person of faith who uses terrorist carnage like the Paris tragedy to gain political ground, to distort information and distill hate, pander to the troglodytes who put them in office and to keep their mug before the cameras. By way of demonstration I give you Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.