I have respect for all bonafide religions and their scriptures. But it really is astounding how many “faithful” are always drawn to scriptures for all the wrong reasons. Take the Quran and you have the current “Jihad”. Take the Bible and you have the crusades and the current conversions that happen through subtle violence. Take the Vedas and you have groups that justify their violence based on them too!!!
Why doesn’t the minds of such people ever look at the parts of those scriptures that plead for restraint and love? Of all the kinds of terrorism and violence, the one done in the name of religion has to be the most dangerous… since it warps the minds of the people doing it in an illusion, thinking that they are doing some great feat ordained by their Gods.
What makes them dangerous is not their violence, but their conviction that they are doing the right thing.