Religion is the root of many conflicts though. India, Ireland, Palestine... I can go on.
It's also down to people's interpretation of religion, but like I said it should be a private thing between you and "God"; forcing someone to wear hijab for example while they're not convinced is a lie and not a true reflection of their own personal beliefs. Fakery in other words.
yes religion and God drove to many wars and conflicts because of it's massive power and influence on people especially where ignorance is present, but that doesn't mean religion is evil as it is, it means people can use it in an evil way, it's the same with a knife for example, it can be used to kill someone as well as prepare your dinner, does that make a knife evil?
there is no religion that gives you the right to spill an innocent blood, but people will twist everything they have including religion to justify their actions, it has happened throughout history.
Religion is a means of justifying just about any action. For example, the 9/11 hijackers weren't bad people. They sincerely believed they were doing God's work. They were of the belief that they were doing good.
You can say that they misinterpreted the Qur'an, but it was their inspiration. Without the Qur'an, 9/11 doesn't happen. Similarly, you cannot deny the level of depravity in the Old Testament.
well the same can be said about any insane person, he doesn't believe he is doing something wrong, he is not a bad person, but his actions can still be wrong and harmful.
without daggers, spears and swords in the past, people wouldn't have killed each other, same with missiles and guns these days, it doesn't make them evil in essence, it means they can be used in an evil way.
Fair enough... but I don't know about Islam, but Catholicism doesn't take faith as the only requirement for salvation: good deeds are needed too. If you believe all your life in God, then kill a man and then die, you go to hell. Simple as that.
in Islam belief in one true God is enough for ultimate salvation, but there are degrees to salvation and also you could spend years in hell for certain sins you committed before finally making it to Heaven.