Originally posted by Badwater
Umm, no. Religion doesn't behave irrationally; people do. Religion doesn't irrationally inform; people irrationally accept and interpret. And for every generalized assertion you'd care to make, I have a generalized retort.
Religion is not inheretly dangerous. No one can hurt me through religious means, it is by other means. If you physically hit me, then irrational. You will find the irrational in all walks of this existence, including science.
I didn't say 'religion' behaves irrationally, I said religion is at odds with rationality. The reason I said this is that ALL religions at some point have have irrational, unproven, evidence-less, blind faith somewhere in them, the amount varies but is to my knowledge always there. This means that religions have irrationality somewhere at their core, which puts them at odds with science which does have rationality at it's core. I didn't however go on to say that this made religion inherently dangerous, in fact my first words were the equivocal 'it depends'.
To clarify, I would say that Religion is mostly dangerous.
To clarify further (second edit :-)) I would say that generalised Irrationality is dangerous, I don't restrict this to religions, I have no problem with, and see the value to, Irrational thought in the right circumstances, but allowing it to spread too far is dangerous.
Plus I ask you to prove that you can come up with a generalised retort to every generalised comment I could possibly make ;-)