Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine, Arguing for Atheism
“I am not convinced by Dawkins’s argument that without religion there would be ‘no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/Palestinian wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as ‘Christ-killers,’ no Northern Ireland ‘troubles’_.’ In my opinion, many of these events-and others often attributed solely to religion by atheists-were less religiously motivated than politically driven, or at the very least involved religion in the service of political hegemony.”
Not that Richard Dawkins is unaware of the various completely unreligious causes, for instance he wrote “war might be motivated by economic greed, by political ambition, by ethnic or racial prejudice, by deep grievance or revenge, or by patriotic belief in the destiny of a nation.”3 So then, why imagine an irreligious utopia?
It may be of interest to not that the Encyclopedia of Wars (New York: Facts on File, 2005) was compiled by nine history professors who specifically conducted research for the text for a decade in order to chronicle 1,763 wars. The survey of wars covers a time span from 8000 BC to 2003 AD. From over 10,000 years of war 123, which is 6.98 percent, are considered to have been religious wars.
(The above quote from a skeptical atheist.)
The images below show war WITHIN a country, Greece, New York, Detroit
The organization Jews for Jesus has made the following statement:
“The reality of anti-Semitism should not be discounted, but the reality of true Christian love should not be written off, either. Those who have God’s peace in their hearts will follow the example of Jesus and show love, not hate, for Jewish people and for all people_Perhaps no one is facing the fact that the problem is not one religion, one political system, or one philosophy which is so warped and perverted that it causes a holocaust. Perhaps the most horrible fact of the Holocaust is that it serves as further evidence that man’s very nature is warped and perverted, carrying within it mankind’s greatest curse.”5
True Free Thinkers look at the evidence gathered over 10 years by 9 professors and think “I could have been wrong about religion causing wars. But pseudo-free thinkers think, “Don’t confuse me with facts! My mind is made up!”
Reference: Mathew 24:5
5“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.…
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.