Religion has been and always will be bad for the human race.
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That religion is bad for the human race as a whole. Religion has been the green light fore some of the biggest, most immoral, and inhumane acts toward the human race.
My opponent makes a very bold claim. For one, religion cannot be blamed for causing the most horrible atrocities known to man. Government is the real cause for the most horrible atrocities known to man. Relgion is only an idea and has no authority to institute war as where a government can. Throughout history, all governments have strived to achieve more power and control. They do this by waging war upon other lands for their own benefit. Government is the cause for these atrocities, not religion.
And secondly, religion has always been a striving for a more moral life. Religion is the idea that if one does good deeds on Earth, one will be rewarded in the afterlife. Take a look at the ten commandments. There is not one commandment that is not still prevelent in all societies today.
Of course there are some immoral passages, but how many pastors have you known teach them to their members of church? None, people understand the immorality of the very few examples in the religious texts. Religion has always been a guidance for a more moral life and cannot be considered bad for the human race.
I will agree that government CAN be blamed for alot of attrocities, but the driving force behind the leaders of these government can be undoubtedly blammed on religion. From Hitler, sadam hussein, and even the pope; have all had a religious priorities in mind and permission from their god.
but the driving force behind the leaders of these government can be undoubtedly blammed on religion.
My opponent uses the word, "undoubtedly" as in religion must be religion. This is untrue.
For one, profit and self benefit are always the main driving force behind all human actions. All wars have been fought for the main purpose of strengthening empires or aquiring resources/wealth that was not available before.
For example, the war that people most relate with religious wars were the Crusades, which was fought between the Christians and the Muslims. For one, the Christians had something that the Muslims wanted: land. And secondly, many times during the Crusades, the Christians and the Muslims actually joined forces to eliminate common foes. So, this teaming up shows that religion could not have been the main driving force behind the Crusades.
My opponent mentions Hitler, Hussein, and even the Pope. Well, first of all, what Pope? The Pope nowadays cannot declare war.
Sadam Hussein and Osama bin Laden both helped to organize 9/11 out of revenge. For years, America was bombing Saudi Arabia and interferring with their government. The CIA have even stated that the 9/11 attack was most likely caused by flawed US interventionist policies.
And as for Hitler, this man was insane. Do you honestly think that religion was the driving force behind the mass slaughter of the Jews, which the Bible refers to as God's sacred people. If you've ever read Mein Komf, it's basically the rambling of a madman. Hitler told Germany that he would make it great again, which was much needed hope for the citizens who were literally burning money to stay warm after World War 1. The Jewish people were a very easy target, since they were mostly the bankers of that time.
Again, the main motivator for World War 1 was the desperate need for economic increase. The Germans were in one of the biggest depressions they'd ever seen.
My opponent fails to address the positive affects of religion that I mentioned above.
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