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so, an argument can be made thatjust about every war had religion as… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
so, an argument can be made thatjust about every war had religion as a big part of it. hitler hated the jews, serbs and bosnians hating each other started wwi...i've been reading about the Taipin Rebellion...and wow, 20-100 million dead in the mid 1800s!!!

The Taiping Rebellion was started by a charismatic Chinese who converted to Christianity and started a revolt to change the rest of China into a Christian nation. Wow!
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bumbletbw From: bumbletbw Date: November 12th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's right, 20-100 million dead over a 100 years or so, and they still outpopulate the rest of the world by about a 3-to-1 margin.

But it's not like it was all that long ago when Europeans were killing each other, not because they were worshipping the wrong God, but because they couldn't agree which way to worship God was the right on. It took us roughly 1700 years (ok, well 1800 if we include IRA bombings) for us to get along with one another. The same thing is going on right now in the Middle East: There's one God (not counting any polytheists there may in the area) and a thousand ways to worship Him, and there are a bunch of pricks that are dying to be right. (pun intended)

It's not like Judeo-Christians and Muslims are the only ones with religious wars on their hands, if I recall correctly there was something similar to an ethnic cleansing on the Indian subcontinent and its outlying islands within the past 250 years. Lord knows how many people died in those. My conclusion: people are assholes.
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