Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

Patrick H

Religiously lax religious terrorists

Pointing to some faith terrorists who violate their religion's rules and don’t attend regular worship or who sleep with prostitutes or whatever to try and prove religion innocent as a system of belief will not do.  The question, “Is the religion or superstition or faith to blame?” could still be answered with a big yes.  If a religion is superstition then what do you expect?  The laxity of the terrorists proves how much to blame the religion is for the terrorism.

The religion is still to blame for every religionist has favourite rules and a pope who likes the bottle can be a good pope otherwise.

It may be that they think they are making up for disobedience by jihad.

God is all-forgiving. The spiritual notion that sorry is enough to cancel grave sins trivialises sin and that has to have an effect. Mature forgiving is a process that demands a lot of talking and hard work from the offended and the offender. Religious forgiveness is not forgiveness at all for that element is missing.  There is no debate with God. If a person is harmed then the perpetrator looking for and feeling he has got forgiveness is a disgrace and an outrage. Religious forgiveness is just being soft on the sin as long as some kind of sorrow however weak is expressed. The weaker the repentance the bigger the insult.

They may think their god is not in a position to judge them for the religion he created is hardly perfect itself.

They may notice that their religion does not care about the terrible things it did in the past and notice how its tries to make out that because it is in the past that makes it right to ignore it now. What matters is that it happened. Its being in the past does absolutely nothing to make it right or in any way to be stomached.  An excellent example of how loving Christians or whatever really are! The victims are people long dead so the religionists can safely degrade them without fear of consequences.

If Christians have a Bible that endorses a God who is racist and hates women and loves bloodshed and plague and destruction they will end up no better themselves. They will show their true colours when able.  The same goes for any religion.   And if they think they have such a Bible that would do the trick too. It happens with Islam all the time.  It is a mistake then with all that immorality to assume that believers who are lax with their religion and who kill and hurt in its name are lying or mistaken and that the religion as a religion is innocent. 

The terrorists could try to be devout and fail simply because there is no grace,  help from God, in the religion.  In that case it is the religion's fault and the fault of the liars that invented the religion.

If the terrorists say they are dying and killing for their religion then they are even if they were inadequate followers of the religion up to to the present time.