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I think "the root of all evil" is, in general, not a good choice of phrase. I understand the vehemence with with you speak, but I think it's a bit overly hyperbolic and creates quibbling over the word "all". Saying that religion is the cause of much evil (which far outweighs the good) would be sufficient.

I actually agree with you.

I thought my post would be downvoted anyway, so I didn't care about being a bit hyperbole.

I really didn't want such a huge discussion here, I'd rather have people talk about Vile Rat, the State Dept Rep who got killed for nothing. He deserves all the attention, not the quibbles of people disagreeing here.

> "I thought my post would be downvoted" ... "I really didn't want such a huge discussion"

Let's call this what it is: trolling. Please don't do that.

"Please avoid introducing classic flamewar topics unless you have something genuinely new to say about them." - http://ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

The debate you touched on is Ancient. It is complicated, nuanced, and difficult. It is also extremely charged, and polarizing.

Your statement was akin to bringing tinder to a powder house.

In a way, it is its own worthy lesson.

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