Originally Posted by dr wu23
I hear ya.....for me the problem is when religion tries to interfere in politics or social systems. I have no problem with people believing and practicing their faith privately as along as they do not try to force it upon others but as we have seen both Christians and Moslems (and others) can get violent and politically evangelical.
This is a direct result in some cases of organized/institutional religion which attempts to gain power via political and social influence.
Well put indeed, and for me one of the major pitfalls that religion, especially, but not exclusively, the Abrahamic are prone to. It seems religious practice, politics and power are nearly always inextricably linked. A shame as personal belief can bring such a sense of comfort, strength, and purpose but collectivelly it morphs into something else altogether.