An answer in that question (it's on the R&B side) says that we only use religion as an excuse for war, and if we didn't have religion, we'd just find other excuses.
I think the unique thing about religion is that most of them have a broad enough base that it makes them specially suited for something like selling a war. We have a long history of it - the Crusades, the little invasions and incursions the US was involved in outside the Civil War (Panama, Philippines, Cuba, even the Westward expansion), and, lets face it, our forays into the Middle East. Like it or not, just or not, religion is used to manipulate people into thinking something they otherwise might not agree with is really for the "greater good".
Which leads me to wonder. If the majority of Americans were not Jewish or Christian, would the things we're involved with now - Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan - have been as easy to sell to the public in general? If the difference in religion was not a factor for anyone, publically or, more importantly, privately, would people be as comfortable with the entire idea?Answer Question
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