Can you give an example of a problem that could have been caused by both religious and irreligious parties Lets take this out of current societal settings and focus on history, say...300 ago, when issues such as oil and nuclear weapons weren't even thought of. Can you honestly say that many of the events that transpired during this time would have either a) been as severe as they were or b) even have taken place at all
If it's not "my god is bigger than your god" then it would be "my territory isn't big enough." Human greed fuels everything (heck, our economy runs on greed). Religion gives a nice paint job to greed and makes people think they are fighting for something other than another person's bank balance. Now that's not necessarily an issue with religion itself, but with the people teaching it. After all, much of the wars that involved, say, the Roman Catholic Church, happened during a time period where only a few could read and write, and therefore they simply followed the instructions of the elite few with those skills. If I tell you that it is god's will that all people of another religion must be put to death, and you can't read your latin Bible to check, plus you've been brought up in a culture where I am considered trustworthy, chances are you'll believe me.