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  • Well Freaking Duh.

    Doesn't always mean that they do that, but only a fool would say that religions, which are socially constructed entities, do not inspire people to kill each other.

    I'm far from an anti-theist, but this does happen, and it needs to be combated, and combated hard. To do otherwise is unethical.

  • Northern Ireland, Israel, Iraq....

    Let's see...How many people died because the Christians and Protestants hated each other in Northern Ireland? How about the Palestinians and the Jews in Israel? Oh, yes...The Kuds and the Shiites in Iraq...The list goes on ad on. If the world didn't have religion, the only things left to kill each other over would be money and land and resources like oil.

  • Religions often ask to kill in the name of their God.

    Lets take a look at the Bible. Its the book you shake over your head when you yell at gay people. In it, it says at least 23 times that I could find, to kill in the name of god. God asks only one time not to murder, if Christians would just read the bible they would know this, but they cherry pick what they want from the Bible. People should know from where they speak before they open their mouths, they would sound a little smarter. In closing I would like to say God is imaginary.Question everything.

  • Sometimes they do.

    Yes, I think that religions inspire people to kill each other. There are many instances where people of various religions will kill other people (usually of a different religion) because it is what must be done according to their religion. I think that this can be true with a multitude of religions, not just one or two.

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  • Yes they do inspire to kill

    Sometimes they do.

    Yes, I think that religions inspire people to kill each other. There are many instances where people of various religions will kill other people (usually of a different religion) because it is what must be done according to their religion. I think that this can be true with a multitude of religions, not just one or two.

  • A fairy story is a fairy story. Religion is just mankind's inability to accept death is final.

    It has been proven beyond any doubt that this world existed hundreds of millions of years before the evolution of human kind.
    If you wish to scare a child/person who has little knowledge , tell them that they will,come to great harm, torment and pain unless they do as some deity says they must do. This creates 'control ' of a person ,or millions of people, which is what the orchestrator's of any given belief desire. Some for good intentions, most for bad.

  • For power, control, and money

    I am so sick of "Religious" people and groups killing each other for their phoney baloney made up religions. They are all made up to control stupid people and get their money. ALL OF THEM... All of these stupid religions are made up to control stupid people that will do anything to advance their stupid religions including killing people of other stupid religions. People when you die you are dust. There isn't any "kingdom in the sky with 76 virgins", there is no "hereafter" you people are stupid and afraid of death. Religion is made up and dangerous.

  • Of course they do.

    The crusades is a good example. I believe religions don't always cause people to kill others, or start wars, but I do believe it happens and happens because someone dissed on someone else's religion and caught them in a deep dark alley. Now is not like the crusades, and I'm thankful for that, but just like ethnicity, government, and gender cause violence, religion causes violence.

  • No, people do that just fine on their own.

    Quote from Qopel
    "Let's see...How many people died because the Christians and Protestants hated each other in Northern Ireland? How about the Palestinians and the Jews in Israel? Oh, yes...The Kurds and the Shiites in Iraq...The list goes on ad on. If the world didn't have religion, the only things left to kill each other over would be money and land and resources like oil."
    All the conflicts you have listed above are not at all about religion, and all have much deeper motivations that just appear (on the surface) as religious conflicts. First, the English (Protestant) began by settling Ulster and Northern "empty land", and then as their numbers grew they began to need more land and started to clash with the native Irish (Catholics). This conflict for land resulted into two wars both of which were English victories. Right now I want to take a moment to draw a parallel to the Native American and European settler conflicts. Although at first relations were good, as soon as a they had adapted, they wanted more land, wealth, etc… The settlers justified the slaughter and conversion of the Native Americans for racial and religious reasons; in spite of the fact that greed was the true cause of these atrocities (People need to sleep at night). Western Imperialism is another example of how people justified the exploitation of large native populations and resources for personal gain, as they “Civilized” the savages (Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” is a great example of this popular sentiment used by Imperialists) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is again based on greed (both sides) and this greed is justified by religion (Zionism and Jihad). However the Kurds and Shiites get along relatively well actually, due to the fact that they have a mutual enemy, the Sunni (The Kurds and Shiites, especially in the north) were both persecuted by Saddam's regime which was Sunni). All these examples show one thing, a resource based conflict and a good excuse that is sociably acceptable and rallies people together (Like a common enemy or Nationalism (WWI)). Here is the formula for it “All (enter minority here) are animals who jeopardize our more advanced (enter type of institution here), so they must be (enter action)”. Religion is just a scapegoat for people who can't face the atrocities people commit for personal gain and the bigots of the world. Groups of people will always find commonalities to help each other unite to get rid of a competitor. Religion may be used to justify immoral behavior, but it is definitely not the cause nor is it the only excuse.

  • Religion itself does not inspire people to kill

    Religious leaders inspire people to kill using warped and mistranslated doctrines of that religion. Religion itself when followed in the letter of its doctrine will tell you to love your fellow man, thou shalt not kill, and be at peace with your surroundings. It is when man thinks that he is above the religious doctrine and warp it into his own agenda based teachings, is when he can convince those under his charge to kill for him.

  • No, its ideological dogma/greed, not religion.

    Sometimes it takes the form of Religion, sometimes nationalism, sometimes just plain class warfare. One doesn't need religion to start a war or instigate violence, just the unintelligent mummified minds to get violence going. In short, it's ignorance and intolerance, not religion which is to blame for violence in the world.


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