I think sometimes religion is the cause of war, because look at the Middle East and the persecution that is going on because one religion wants to control another, and those who refuse to submit are tortured or executed all in the name of religion. Remember in Salem, Mass., when witches were burned or hanged because they were different and it was religion that condemned them, or Jesus who was nailed to a cross because it was religion that decided his fate. But we need to question the tolerance of the church and its role in society. Even in America we are judged by the church by the way we live and think, but you look at the crusaders and Muslims who fought for many years and yet they could not resolve anything, and the same goes today. Religion plays a major factor in life, but even in America they fight over who is right and judgment is cast upon one another rather than respect, because persecution never ends and no resolution to work together will ever happen until there is tolerance for one another on both sides of the fence.
John Landers, Wilder
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