Religious belief, piety, etc., has traditionally been regarded in society as commendable virtues and worthy of admiration. Governments have given privileged treatment to any religious organisation for no more justifiable reason than the organisation is faith based and therefore worthy of preferential treatment. They forget, to their chagrin, the dogmatic bigotry and ideological intransigence inherent in this piety they so esteem. This naiveté regarding the dangers of organised god belief has so far not been realised, and yet it’s there to see for anyone who bothers to look.
Any attempt at sorting out the chaos in the world today will have to begin with a clear and honest assertion that the cause of the mayhem is not religious extremism but religion itself. Religious leaders have a mental block regarding the culpability of religion in inspiring violence. They can’t grasp that their sacred scriptures, believed so devoutly to be the pinnacle of moral authority, could possibly have anything but a beneficial effect on society, and this goes for all religious leaders when considering all the different faiths; religion no matter what the cost, is a force for good in their eyes. Because of this mental blockage the religious communities will never be able to comprehend that they themselves are the cause of the extremism they denounce.
If religion and the religious in general, are left to themselves to sort out their differences, the bloodshed will never end. It’s probably true that there will never be peace on earth as long as there’s religion on earth. In fact if the enlightenment hadn’t happened it’s possible the whole planet would now be a warzone. Secularism, the satanic monster thwarting religious worldviews in the west, is the one and only reason the insanity has been held in check.
The idea that atheists are needed to show the religious how to behave wouldn’t be a welcome thought in religious circles of any description, yet that appears to be the case. Secularism, seems to be the only worldview with the objective insight and impartiality to lay down the law, one way or the other.