Letter: In brief

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Sir: Why do people who profess no belief in a religious allegiance spend so much time and energy thinking, speaking and writing about religion (letters, 6 April)?

They also come out with the same, tired arguments every time: religion is responsible for so much bloodshed, warfare, cruelty.

Actually, human beings, mainly men, are responsible for the evil in the world.

The worst perpetrators of wickedness have usually been atheists, Stalin for example.

True religious belief, as with any other honestly-held, moral point of view, tries to obviate evil, mitigate cruelty, and restore wholeness and integrity to human life.

JOANNA WALLER

Whitstable, Kent

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