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


"Religious that are totally pacifistic have to rely on the good graces of others who are willing to use violence to protect them; and religious that are totally devoted to violence do not survive long since they either kill themselves off or are broken up by their neighbors as a matter of self-protection. For a religion to serve as the basis of a culture, it must seek to preserve peace in substantial measure but also be willing to use force. Thus, all of the major world religions tend toward this mean."

That quote is from the Catholic book, Islam: A Catholic Perspective by Catholic Answers (2003).

The quote is refreshing in its honesty. 

It shows that a religion that uses the violence of others while it proclaims pacifism is intrinsically hypocritical.  It is still responsible for violence though it will not get its hands dirty.

It says a religion has to be inherently prepared to depend on violence even if it is not inherently violent.  A religion cannot oppose all violence.  So even if religion were not inherently violent it is definitely inherently open to violence.  There is a difference.