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Will the absence of Religion make the world more peaceful ?

One of my aunts who is an atheist insisted that the absence of Religion will make the world peaceful but according to my observations people always seem to associate themselves into some group and drift away from other communities if you may say so. For example: I live in India where each state has their own language thereby a separation is created by language and there are also people who dissociate themselves from other people based on looks, accent, tastes, preferences etc. So, do you really think that the absence of religion will make the world more peaceful?

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    Dec 5 2012: Some of the most objectionable people I've had the misfortune to know, have been devoutly committed to a religion of some sort. I find this to be an extraordinary, dissonant mix of faith purporting to be peaceful, juxtaposed to actual ungodly behaviour of those religion's adherents.

    The only explanations I can offer are that:

    - Religion has become a useful foil to mask bad behaviour.

    - Religious scriptures have been commandeered as political manifestos to achieve global political ends, such as fighting wars in the name of God, and for justifying inappropriate behaviour in the name of commerce and territorialism.

    Scale those two up to a global picture, and you get what we've got right now.

    Religion on a local community scale could safely be related to truly peaceful, mutual respect for those who hold that faith. Religion on a global scale on the other hand, would not - and does not.

    In my view, this is yet another nail in the coffin of globalization, and religion has probably been one of the major sacrifices.

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