The danger of the polarising of opinion by religious (or any other) dogma is hard to underestimate.
We see such atrocities perpetrated by the same fundamentalists who tell us that everything bad is caused by Man not following whatever god it is they worship. And just to prove how bad man can be, they set off a few bombs, burn a few heretics, subjugate a minority, or deny advantageous science - and for what?
Sometimes I despair and imagine a largish island to which all these psychopaths could be sent, fully-armed and indoctrinated, where they could settle all their differences and leave the rest of us to live a better life.
I am reminded of a story:
A TV journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.
So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.
She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.
"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith a TV reporter. What's your name?
"Morris Feinberg," he replied.
"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"
"For about 60 years."
"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"
"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man."
"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"
"Like I'm talking to a fucking wall."