What do you think? When I was responding to the God Debate thread, there was a question about religion and whether it is useful or terrible. (Or something like that.) For one thing, I view that as an inappropriate set of choices, too limiting. But it did help me form my views more solidly.
Namely, I don't think it is really religion that is the problem. I think it is extremism that is to blame for the negative actions carried out in the name of religions. Even religions that create cultural ideals dramatically opposed to my own culture, I don't think it is the religion itself - or the practice - that leads to problems. I think it is taking things to extremes.
What do you think? Is religion itself a problem in the world, no matter what? Or would you agree that it is more likely extremism that is the problem?