Mob psychology. Like the Nazis.(Godwin's law)<quoted text>
I think both.
There are some people that have inherent prejudices, and use religion as an excuse to justify them.(Bad people doing bad things with or without religion)
But then there is a subset of people who are genuinely good and initially devoid of such prejudices, but are compelled to support such prejudices because they are convinced by their religion that it's the right thing to do (Good people doing bad things because of religion).
Was each and every Nazi an inherently bad and evil person? hard to believe
So not really exclusive to religion. Think "Lord of the Flies"
But sure I could see it happening that way.
Esp if you think participation will bring eternal salvation.
Of course I agree. But why does our money say "In god we trust?'<quoted text>
Yes, but our position is verifiably supported by the Constitution. Our position is inherently neutral. Worship whatever you want, just leave the government out of it. Of course, to Fox viewers, this translates to xtian persecution.
I wouldn't say that violates the first amendment.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."
I'm good with that!<quoted text>
I personally think their days are numbered. The younger generations are increasingly less religious, and most polls are reflecting this shift. Time will tell.