Paula Ann Costis' letter [Nov. 17] promotes the increasingly popular idea that religion is the main reason for wars, and if people embraced humanism, the wars would decrease or no longer occur.
May I say something shocking? Religion is not the major cause of the majority of wars. Almost without fail, wars are caused by people either pursuing or defending possessions or land. Wars fought for purely religious reasons are extremely rare, and almost always contain the component I just mentioned.
While it is very popular to blame religion for virtually everything these days, a simple honest look at the realities reveals that religion (except in rare and extreme cases) is not the source of the problem.
Tim Spangler, Madera
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