Imagine a world without religion

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Adapted form Richard Dawkins

Imagine, a world with no religion. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no 15M, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Jihad, no Gunpowder Plot, no Kashmir dispute, no Indo/Pakistan partition, no Israel/Palestine wars. Imagine no Taliban blowing up ancient statues, lashing women for showing an inch of skin, or publicly beheading blasphemers and apostates. Imagine no persecutions of the Jews . How much hatred would instantly disappear... if we would do good, because it´s the right think to do, not because "God" said it.

Steven Weinberg, an American theoretical astrophysicist and Nobel laureate in Physics, on a talk given in April 1999 at the Conference on Cosmic Design of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C said:

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil: that takes religion.

I am all in favor of a dialogue between science and religion, but not a constructive dialogue. One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.

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