Terrorism is a form of expression shared by obtuse people who idolize obsession [“Threat called ‘hoax,’ ” News, Dec. 16]. A Christian terrorist is accused of shooting and killing three people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs in November. This wasn’t the first time for such killing. More recently, a husband and wife team motivated by their Islamic beliefs killed 14 and wounded many more at a facility for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California. In Myanmar, Buddhists long seen as the epitome of peace lovers forced non-Buddhist minorities to flee their homes.

And the beat goes on. Invent a superstition-based mystical belief, and there will be many to challenge it and destroy it. Throughout the history of mankind, the greatest contributor of misery has been religion.

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What a wonderful world it would be if there were a religion called empathy. No invisible beings, inexplicable miracles or colorful fables, merely placing oneself in the position of a fellow human and treating him or her as you would wish to be treated.

Nicholas Zizelis, Bayside