How is it that religion can function as both a communal force that binds people together in a common cause and can also lead people to perpetuate war and suffering on others?
Think about it. Some of the greatest community good has come out of religious ideas. Hospitals spring immediately to mind.
While at the same time region has lead people to heinous acts of violence against others with differing beliefs. The inquisition and the crusades are examples.
I’m not much for history (I like it, don’t know much about it), but isn’t religion at the root of the issues between Northern and Southern Ireland?
We need to embrace a diversity of religious viewpoints in the world. Diversity begets stability. What a person believes only affects me if I let it. What they do, based on those beliefs can impact me directly.