Yes, but you miss the point I was making - its that 'fringe element' who are the ones who have more children than anyone else (and who do most to prevent anyone 'defecting' from the group). "Moderate" religious believers aren't growing in numbers the same way.Again lumping all "religious" people together!
Religious people or Christians do not depend on non-believers or agnostics or secularists to maintain some sort of order and peace! That is wishful thinking on your part or at worse it is you saying you need me, thinking on your part!
I know of plenty of religious people and Christians who do not get caught up in the thinking that somehow because they are religious or call themselves Christian they believe as well they should that they are no better or worse than you are and they behave accordingly!
We are talking about a small fringe element of the religious or Christians who actually believe they are better...…..to lump all religious or Christians together is just plain wrong! As it is to lump all atheist and secularists and agnostics together!
It's also that 'fringe' element who are the ones who most noisily complain about secularism and gleefully predict the non-believers will die out. They seems to imagine that once that happens the religious future will only feature _their_ particular religion.
The real conflict isn't between different religions, or shouldn't be, it should be between the head-banging crazy people and those who value peace.