I'd haveta say that Tetsanosuke hit upon a very important point and he is correct that the majority of society's behaviors and traditions find not their basis in religion, but actually in our instincts. However religion does elaborate upon these behaviors and traditions. Yet is religion unnecessary? No, for there is more ta religion than jus' reinforcement or elaboration of certain behavior. Throughout history mankind has tried ta understand his surroundings and himself; and religion has been there ta try and help explain some of his questions. It also has allowed for gatherings of various societies and to foster communication and understandin'. This has been an important aspect for growth in the various societies of the world throughout history. Religion has allowed societies, for ages, ta explore their surroundings in an effort ta understand and so thus grow. Religions attempt ta explain some of the questions that plague mankind, even ta this day. Questions that even the various sciences of the world cannot answer. This is the reason why science will never be able ta end the various belief systems of the different societies of the world. Also religions have never been the reason for war, although it has been used as an excuse. As long as mankind has personal ambition, a need for space or resources, or a difference of opinion or perspective there will b hostilities between ppl and not jus' those of various differin' societal and cultural beliefs, but even within the same belief system. Mankind is responsible for it own actions, and as Tetsanosuke himself has stated, "it's easier to blame 'the one who pulls the strings' then to blame the puppet." This statement is completely true in all aspects of this subject, not only is religion use as an excuse ta "justify" a certain culture's actions; but is also used ta "condemn" the beliefs of certain cultures as well. All cultures have differin' points of view as far as religious beliefs and the differin' "points" have been the excuse for many a conflict, however even without the institution of a certain religious doctrine; the situation of conflict would most likely b no different; for mankind would then find some other "excuse" ta create conflict.