In the book “End of Faith” author Sam Harris puts religion as, “the most potent source of human conflict, past and present.” Sadly, this has to be accepted. To the human clan, which always had been fighting from its existence for one or other reason, religion has been a fuel.
Religion was originally created to provide social coherence, with people sharing common aims, values, and moral systems. It can bring a sense of hope and inspiration to people, who otherwise might feel despondent, or desperate. Scientifically, it distinguished us from our closest living relatives Chimpanzees and bonobos with an increased brain size in the noecortex region, the part of the brain which is involved in processing higher order cognitive functions that are connected with human religiosity.
But we have been clearly misusing the right tool for a wrong purpose. The tool created for bringing in harmony and peace is being used totally used against the purpose. When we voice against the development of threatening weapons in the fear that might be used against us instead of saving us, why don’t we, for a moment think we are doing the same with religion. Neither religion nor God ever teaches extremism or fanaticism.
There needs be an understanding that may be the divine Prophet Mohammed or the Allah himself, will never apologize the recent killing of the US Envoy to Libya along with 3 other Americans and the on going Jihad. No God ever demands a life. Killings in the name of sacrifices are never going to please any God if it is true it is Him who created what you killed.
Religion is just a tool. It depends on the person who uses it, if to be used to kill or create.
To know about the various atrocities in the name of religion, see these links: