There are a lot of threads that discuss how certain ideologies and religions 'make' people do such and such. In my opinion that just stripping the responsibility from actual people and organizations of people and abstract them on to straw men and dusty parchments, no matter how ill intended.
Most legal systems preclude this sort of argument, but we entertain it nonetheless- and often loose sight of why and how the manipulation of public opinion occurs and for what purposes it is driven.
I'd like to survey (I wish I knew how to build a survey post) the posters here:
1. Do you believe that religious texts, in and of themselves, cause violent actions? create irredentism, systemic hate, etc?
2. Do you believe that corrupt and/or zealous individuals cause violent action? create irredentism, systemic hate, etc?
3. Do you believe that without religious texts violent actions, irredentism and systemic hate would still exist?
4. Do you believe that without corrupt and/or zealous individuals violent actions, irredentism and systemic hate would still exist?