Judaism is indeed a religion. And being Jewish is a race. Are you suggesting that any "cultural Jews" who didn't follow Judaism were patted on the head and left alone?
Just as Muslims think all white people must be Christian, cultural Jews would have been lumped in with the rest.
Hitler WOULD have still hated: he was a nut-job with a deep inferoiority complex who wanted to rule. I'm positive that he would have done exactly the same stuff even if religion hadn't ever been invented. Or is your point that without religion Hitler would have had no problems with anyone, and stayed being a housepainter? He'd have been just as much a nutjob, haed anyone who wasn't "on his side" just as much. Would he have had quite as large an army without the Vatican? Who knows....but probably yes.
I just don't get how you can say things would have been exactly the same under wildly different circumstances. He was a "nut-job with an inferiority complex" because his drunk Roman Catholic father was a strict disciplinarian and beat him. Would his father have been the same man in a world without religion?
So you agree that you do NOT need religion to commit evil acts, provided you are loopy enough?
Yes, but that is an oversimplification. Someone who is slightly imbalanced may be pushed deeper into psychosis by hyper-active agent detection, and fear combined with suppression of reason, reinforcement of delusion, and mistrust of medicine. In other words, religion.
On the other hand, someone who is slightly imbalanced, but not religious, might actually seek help, might not stop taking their meds against doctor's advice, and as kcrady brilliantly put it, they might resist the voices in their head if they believed them to be anything but God, particularly if we teach children to understand hyper-active agent detection while they're young as an inoculation against the various men of boogy.
So in a world without religion there would still be crazy people, but likely far fewer than we have now. The current religious climate is practically rolling them out shiny on a conveyor belt.
So even when you take religion out of the picture, mothers still kill their children...and yet you are positive that it was ONLY because of religion that she killed hers? Sorry, but that doesn't add up.
Would there be car accidents without alcohol? Sure. But let's say you found a car wrapped around a tree with two empty bottles of Jack Daniels in the passenger seat and the driver passed out with a blood-alcohol level of 2.8. Then the driver wakes up and tell you how he'd been drinking all night and blacked out while trying to see how fast his new car would go. In his own words, he blames the alcohol.
Would you say "it would have happened anyway, the alcohol wasn't a factor"?
She knew she was predisposed to postpartum depression, yet she stopped taking her anti-psychotic meds to continue having children because of her religious beliefs. She even told her husband she didn't want to have more kids because she knew she might hurt them. He convinced her that God wanted her to have more kids. Hyper-active agent detection led her to believe that her children were possessed by Satan, delusions that her religious community supported. In her own words, she describes the trail of events that led her to drown her kids, and at every step where it could have gone the other way, religion steered it towards calamity.
If she were not religious, she would have listened to her doctors, stayed on her medication, had fewer children, and not been so affected by PPD. Without the horrific religious fairy tales of demonic possession by Satan and eternal fiery torment in her head, and without the stress of PPD, the voices in her head may have never manifested. Even if they did, if she had believed them to be anything but God, she would have been more likely to resist them and seek help.
If it were alcohol, you wouldn't hesitate to point the finger. Why do you resist now when the evidence is there? We're conditioned by society to look the other way as God makes his getaway from the scene of the crime, but at some point you've got to stop giving religion a free pass.
If someone without religion can do it - presumably based solely on their phychoses - then I don't see how you can so categorically state that without her religion, those kids would still be alive.
Research, and reason.