Did you read what Spades posted? Religion is a scapegoat. NOBODY would be so stupid to fight over a religion.
Jokes on you Spades, everyone knows that Silver is an ignorant racist and won't listen, have fun having a pretty biased essay on why SIlver is wrong!
Ah, but who am I really trying to convince? Both of us are set in our ways. My argument is for the naive newcomer whose opinion could be sway either way depending on who gets the better argument in.
Also yea, necro. Lock it if you don't like it. Not much I can do now.
I personally am against religion in its many forms. Eleminate them all, then they can no longer fight over idealogies that no one will ever be able to prove. I say fight over resources instead, at least there there's a legitimate reason to fight (And profits to be made). (Keep in mind this is from the guy who's life-goal is to lead the U.S. arms industry as Krupp had in Germany during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.)
Religion, mind you, also falls into much more than, "My God is better than your God." It establishes a way of life. That way of life can be positive or negative. Some religions enforce healthy, hygienic lifestyles. Others enforce a work ethic and self integrity. For Islam, for far greater part of history, I've seen many positive things come out of Islam that the modern world relies on. Would those things still be there without the Qur'an? The Qur'an claimed to hold scientific truths in it. The Qur'an says that there is no disease God has created that there is no cure for. It speaks about things as great as the universe and the warping of time and space to something so small as the dividing of cells in a new fetus. The Qur'an actually promoted scientific research, which is more than I can say about the Bible. If you like, I can dig up the Qur'an verses I'm talking about that have been later proven by modern science.
Without religion, science alone however still cannot answer certain questions. A world without spirituality at all is nigh impossible. Even without religion, it is impossible not to have philosophy and spirituality or else life feels meaningless in the very end. Even Atheists must maintain a form of spirituality whether they recognize it as such or not. A world without organized religion may be possible, though. Organized religion is what I want to see the end of. However, Islam is not organized (unless you live in Iran... and I don't
like Iranian Islam >_>). Judaism isn't organized either. Neither of these religions have a universal hierarchy that Mosques / Synagogues refer to. Only Christians have that. It's called the Vatican. All Jews and Muslims have are groups of scholars who interpret their religion differently all over the world.
Sadly, in places like the rural Arabic world, those "scholars" are so-called Islamic tribes. No one else in the community knows how to read, so these folks can make up whatever bullshit they want and use it to fuel their real goal: Power.
Those are the places the terrorists come from. You want to end terrorism forever? Instead of bombing towns, build schools. Google an organization called Pennies for Peace and you'll find that this idea has already had major success in places like Pakistan.
But anyway, back to the Vatican. Now, I used to be a hardcore conspiracy theorist. By "hardcore" I really mean "believed whatever the fuck you told me because I was young and stupid." You've all heard of the Illuminati, I'm sure. Well I'll tell you one thing about the Illuminati right now. The only conspiracy about it is the conspiracy its self. The Illuminati is just another scapegoat.
Look at history, and look around you today. Look at the people who believe the Illuminati is out to get them. Look who their enemies have been in the past. It all swings back to Christianity. Look who's in power. Look who isn't in power. Look at what the Illuminati stood for. Look at what Christianity stands for. I'll tell you right now, if there's a battle still to this day between Illuminati and Christianity, the Illuminati certainly aren't winning. That however doesn't stop a few people from pushing that false information.
It's pretty damn clever, really. It reaches an audience that cannot be reached directly. I'd love to get more into detail on it in another debate thread about the existence of the Illuminati. For now, I fear if I continue for the moment I will sway too far from the original topic.tl;dr
Yes. Religion is a scapegoat. If we weren't fighting over religion, we'd be fighting over something else. Whether or not the world would be a better place without religion all together is debatable. Without globally organized religion (aka the Catholic Church) however, I'm fairly certain that history would have been far more pleasant.