> I have been horrified to see pictures of people praying to their
> respective gods. A disgusting event has occurred in the name of one
> god yet people appeal to another god to help them understand.
> It is perfectly simple. This atrocity would not have occurred if
> religion had not been invented. Yet so many people are blind to the
> No one suggests that conflicts would never happen in the absence of
> religion. But certainly there would be far fewer. Religion is the
> scourge of this planet.
I sometimes wonder if in the absence of religion, an alternative
distinguishing factor would have emerged. Religion can descend to what is
called 'rituals' and then you have cultures, regional customs, families and
history. Nonetheless, as you pointed out, far less conflicts can be
justified when religion is excluded from the equation altogether.