There is no doubt that religion is bringing violence. During human history in the name of God unimaginable atrocities were committed; and still happens today in some part of the world. In the Middle East there is a continuous religious war, Buddhist monks in Myanmar killing Muslims…
Are the religious texts an inspiration for the violence? Of course... All great moments in any religion are winning bloody wars in the name of God, more killings, bigger the victory; and most of the time there is no description about what the opponents did wrong, except they did not bow to the right God. Bigger the king, more atrocious wars in the name of God. King David for Judaism, Crusaders and Inquisition for Christians, Islamist militants for Islam are examples for monotheist religions violence in the name of God.
Polytheist religions are no better. Sri Lanka was born in the second century BC as a result of a Buddhist bloody war. After the bloodshed, some enlightened ones consoled the winning king… that the slain "were like animals; you will make the Buddha's faith shine".
In India, Hindu and Muslims kill each-other.
From my readings the most violent religions are those worshiping God. And that is because God’s example. All His appearances were disastrous for humankind.
And the blind faith asked of believers is incomprehensible. What kind of God will ask a father to kill his own son as a proof of faith? Well, He stopped Abraham before killing Isaac, but the example is set. A good believer (Abraham) was ready to kill his son to score a point for himself.
Modern days in our western world…
Here is a prominent example. USA is the most religious country in the western world and the most violent as well. Maybe a direct connection is too far fetched but should not be completely ignored. The TV talk shows claim the murderers are mentally ill, but this is not a good explanation for me. The ratio mental illness percentage in USA population is not larger than in other countries… and not all mentally ill people commit murders. Maybe has something to do with the number of guns owners in the country... Down the road it is the culture, and religion is very important in USA.
My last example is about baseball player, Osuna. Before every appearance on the field he does his prayer and the cross sign. After the game (if he wins) he is looking up to the sky to thank God. And this year he was the only Jays player banned for 75 games (he lost more than 2 million dollars for that); the reason is domestic violence. Now the reader may do the math, the only player in a team with deep religious feelings is the only one found violent at home.
Note: this month my blogs talked about religion, and I was mostly critical. But I will write one more blog, sometime next week, with a positive feeling… about Jesus Christ.