Relatively speaking relgion killed more people - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smith
    • 17.12.09 | 11:56 (IST)

    Relatively speaking religious conflict has killed more people than the "secular ideologies" of the 20th century (what is ideology but a surrogate of religious feeling?). The 30-Years War reduced the population of Central Europe by 30%! The witch-hunts and crusades of the Medieval period killed unknown millions of people. I must protest. Religion and religious belief, even the fervent belief in ideology that is its sister, is the root of the basest and most violent of human acts.

    from the article: Save Hanukkah: Keep religion out of politics
    First published 18:53 16.12.09 | Last updated 18:57 16.12.09
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