Atheists like to scream at the top of their lungs about the atrocities due to “religion”.
Not only are very few of those atrocities actually a result of religion or belief as some isolated phenomena (since reality is actually complicated).
But like other fundamentalists with a pet beliefsystem the modern atheist picks their favorite factoids and present them in a “convincing” manner to underline their outrage at those who do not agree.
All numbers below are approximation (and relative to how you count).
Dead in the Crusades: between 15,000 and 25,000 men on “both” sides.
Dead through obesity in the US each year: 112 000.
Number of Suicide bombings In the ten years after September 11, 2001, : 336 sucide attacks in Afghanistan and 703 in Pakistan, while there were 1,003 documented suicide attacks in Iraq between March 20, 2003, and December 31, 2010.
Death by smoking or secondary smoke each year in the US: 443 000.
Witch Trials 1480 to 1750: 40,000 – 100,000 executions. Europe and North America.
Plastic Surgery: In 2000, 2,100 people died from complications and adverse reactions among more than 70 million surgeries, the National Center for Health Statistics says.
The Greatest Religous Wars: Thirty Years War: (Holy Roman Empire) Protestants / Catholics,1618 – 1648. 3 000 000 – 11 500 000
: French Wars Of Religion, (France) Protestants / Catholics 1562 – 1598. 2 000 000 -4 000 000.
: Second Sudanese Civil War (Sudan) Islam / Christianity 1983 – 2005. 1 000 000 – 2 000 000.
: Crusades (Holy Land, Europe) Islam / Christianity 1095 – 1291 . 1 000 000 – 3 000 000.
: Lebanese Civil War (Lebanon) Sunni / Shiia / Christianity 1975 – 1990 130 000 – 250 000
These numbers includes those civilians dead by disease, famine , massacre, genocide and the soldiers involved.
In other words, continuing at this rate, in 30 years more Americans will have died from being fat than all that died from any direct reason of the entire crusades (200 years of wars, famine and pestilances) and more Americans dies from it in one year than the highest estimates of all the Witch Trials in Europe and America for over 250 years.
Four times as many smoke themselves to death yearly in the US as died ,all in all ,through the entire Witch Trials.
In six years as many will have died from tobacco in the US as the highest estimation of all the crusades.
Creating scapegoats and fighting over beliefsystems as a way of counteracting religous intolerance?
Get a grip!
US Today, Brian Levack : The Wich Hunt In Early Modern Europe, Helen Ellerbe: The Dark Side Of Christianity, US Comitee For Refugees 2001, John M Robertson: A Short History Of Christianity,