We take a principle stand on this blog. Although religion recieves the bad wrap, religion is not the causer of terrorism. Terrorism is present in every society. No society is free from it and we need to quit blaming any one and find solutions. To err is human.
Blame the religion, and what do you get? No action! Laser bark at the individuals and you have a target to punish, and that may become a deterrent against crime. ( we do not believe in capital punishment)
Humans make mistakes. Religion helps people to figure out a way to co-exist and leave peacefully within and with others and the environment. Some get it and some don't.
Fortunately - 99% of the people get it and thats why a majority of us live the life oblivious to the world. Unfortunately 1/10ths of 1% don't get the religion right and cause havoc on others.
Terrorists come from all name brands; Atheist, Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Native Indians, Native Africans, Sikh, Shinto, Tao or Zoroastrian. Again, it is not the religion, it is the insecure individual with that brand name.
We have a choice to blame the entire group and cause more friction and more terrorism on our part, or isolate the criminals and punish them. It is doable, but the whole society has to come together to restrain the bullies who terrorize the terrorists and, we the 99% of the population get caught between the two.
It is in our hands, if we believe in creating a world of peaceful co-existence, the least we can do is to speak up against the bullies, be it the governments, terrorists, or organizations who are bent on destruction and showing off the muscle power.