[[ Most recent Update: 28 September 2012. ]]
One of the main arguments against religion is its divisive nature
which eventually leads to war.
Wars are also caused by economic conditions. Combine religion and economics, and you have the two main causes of war.
Religion is certainly not the only cause of war, but history reveals that it is often used to justify wars. Take the Crusades, for example.
These “wars to liberate the Holy Land” would have never happened without Christianity, and the Holy Land has yet to be “liberated” (whatever that means).
WW II is a prime example of war caused, mostly, by economic conditions. Hitler, a devout Christian by many accounts, came to power mostly because of the economic devastation in the wake of WW I.
Hitler’s Christianity had little or nothing to do with it.
Japan, too, was motivated, mostly, by economic grievances.
Neither Japan nor Germany won the military war, but both seem to be doing quite well now.
In the pursuit of WW II, the U.S learned how to make war very well, and our economy is still largely dependent upon the “military-industrial” sector for its survival.
One of the most important outcomes of WW II has nothing to do with either religion or economics . . .
. . . the Predilection of the U.S. of A. to engage in war.
Got a problem? Start a war to solve the problem. For example:
 The Korean war, aka Police Action, which is, technically, still ongoing – there has been neither a peace treaty, nor other resolution to that one.
 The Vietnam war, which ended rather abruptly with resounding defeat for the U.S.
 The “War on Poverty”, in which poverty prevailed.
 The “War on Drugs”, which was ill conceived, and still wastes billions of taxpayer’s money each year.
 And, of course, there is the current favorite . . . the war on terrorism.
There is little doubt the proximate cause of this war was criminal acts by a group of Islamic religious zealots from Saudi Arabia.
Some might argue that if economic conditions were different, the 9/11 attacks would never have happened.
In any event, and for reasons that I still don’t fully understand, we, the U.S., invaded a country (Iraq) that had absolutely nothing to do with the events of 9/11, and we are still suffering the consequences of that invasion, which, we are told, was a necessary part of the “war on terrorism”. This stupidity has nothing to do with either religion or national defense.
But, I digress. Back to the subject at hand.
I think that sometimes religions cause wars, and sometimes they don’t.
Be that as it may, history demonstrates that war is one of the favorite activities of humans. To my knowledge, there has never been a time throughout recorded history when the whole world was at peace. In fact, recorded history seems to be, mostly, an account of various wars, their causes, and their aftermath.
Does anything good ever come out of wars?
Yes, and that’s a story for another day.
- War-A Racket (vaticproject.blogspot.com)