(Original post by Manatee)
You can't compare religion and random e-mails, or computer games. Religion claims to tell people how to live, what path to follow to achieve the ultimate reward. It requires faith, which by its very nature isn't necessarily very compatible with rational questioning. If you believe in God and embrace his religion, you must follow the dictates of that religion, whatever they may be.
As I've already said, whether you or I think that a terrorist's "justification" is complete and utter nonsense is irrelevant if they truly believe in it. It may not be legitimate justification for the vast majority of sensible, rational human beings, but it is certainly legitimate justification for some. If their religion makes them believe that the action which they are taking, however repulsive under secular criteria, is acceptable or even necessary, then how can you say that religion is in no way to blame? If I construe a tax statute in such a way as to allow me to evade tax, who is to blame? Me, for being a natural born law-breaker, or the statute, for giving me an opportunity to manipulate it to achieve my evil aims? OK, not a great analogy, but you seem to be fond of them...
And I'm arguing that they are not, for the reasons which I have already stated. Religion is a collection of statements. Some believers pick and choose which statements they believe. Others believe that if you accept one, you must accept them all - if you believe in God, you must accept his holy text as it is, in its most literal interpretation. They believe that there is no choice unless that choice is to reject God altogether.
I think you should go easy on the analogies,- they don't help