Originally Posted by rokudaime_hokage
But honestly, this is what religion does. It can make regular descent people turn into monsters.
In his essay "To Perpetual Peace," Kant wrote that "the state of peace among men living in close proximity is not the natural state; instead, the natural state is that of war." He understood that man didn't need anything to spur on the inherently combatant nature in humans, they simply acquire excuses to "battle." This isn't the fault of religion, because if that were true, then there should be more radicals in every existing religion and this should be happening more frequently, and everywhere. As Mibs said, they would look for any reason to harm other people because that's in their nature.
If religion did not exist, mankind would find something else to use as a means of attaining power.