It’s the 21st century so let’s talk reason. Religious wars are undoubtedly the worst. Genocide, ethnic cleansing, riots. Pitting humans against each other because of their religion. Because of the god they worship. Divisions based on who worships which god is ludicrous in itself but then discrimination based on these divisions is nothing less than farcical. And this discrimination leading to war is something that really has to be fixed. If god is so closely related to humanity then why is this war caused by those who believe in god?
The very basic reason is that with the belief in god also comes the belief in the superiority of one’s own god. This leads to the fact that if god existed then religion wouldn’t have. I understand that god is a source of hope, strength and encouragement. But the more serious truth is that the worship of god is major a source of warfare, bloodshed, genocide and mass killings.
If you disagree let’s look at what happened because of communal unrest in India;
Partition. It had led to one of the worst communal riots in the history of the entire world. Killings, setting inhabited houses on fire, raping, kidnapping, looting and widespread destruction. And why? Sadly there is no rational reason.
Mumbai riots. 1992. The riots started as a result of communal tension prevailing in the city after the Babri Mosque demolition, on December 6. It is commonly believed that the riots occurred in two phases. The first phase involved the Muslims striking the Hindus as a result of the demolition of the mosque, and the second was a Hindu backlash against the Muslims. Overall, about 900 people were killed in these riots. As with most riots, arson and theft were also prevalent.
Gujarat riots. In February 2002, a Muslim mob attacked and burned a train. As a result, 58 Hindu pilgrims were killed. The attack prompted retaliatory massacres against Muslims, and communal riots on a large scale, in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed, and 223 more people were reported missing. In addition to that, 523 places of worship were damaged: 298 dargahs, 205 mosques, 17 temples and 3 churches. Muslim-owned businesses suffered the bulk of the damage. 61,000 Muslims and 10,000 Hindus fled their homes.
Communal thinking is very much prevalent in our minds and is ingrained in our thinking in a bigger way than we can fathom. There are 2 things that can change it: reason and humanity. Reason, which makes us considerate towards other people’s faith. Humanity, that makes us value peace more than religion.
Atheists are more peaceful than religious people. I don’t believe in god but I do believe in humanity and this leads me to question religion and god. Nothing is worth divisions, discriminations or killing among mankind. Not even god.