http://quillette.com/2016/06/14/the-josiah-effect-how-moderate-religion-fuels-fundamentalism/The Josiah Effect: How Moderate Religion Fuels Fundamentalism
written by Henry Rambow
To save you reading it all to find out what it's about, it ends with
But it's worth reading all through to see his argument and his experiences.I don’t deny that there are nuggets of truth and beauty to be found in the scriptures of the major religions. But just as in a cable TV package, the real gems are bundled together with far too much garbage, from misogyny to homophobia. When the stakes are high — as in the case of religion, wherein doctrinal error can mean the difference between heaven and hell — those bits of garbage become every bit as dangerous as a loaded firearm left out in the open for a child to find.
To be sure, there are issues of politics and international relations that must also be addressed. But in the meantime, as long as the scriptures continue to be reproduced and revered in their present bundled forms, the Josiah Effect guarantees that every generation will produce its own crop of extremists. Until the mainstream religions break up these bundles and explicitly disown the abhorrent verses, each new generation will have to rediscover on its own just how dangerous they can be — and that discovery will always come at a high price.
BTW the site, Quillette, is new to me and seems quite interesting. It has an interesting article on Donald Trump, for instance, which it says nobody else will publish.