“In the West, revulsion toward killing and dying in the name of one’s religion is one of the principal means by which we become convinced that killing and dying in the name of the nation-state is laudable and proper.” — From The Myth of Religious Violence by William T. Cavanaugh
It is secularism, not religion, which has brought us “collateral damage“, that form of mass killing which so dehumanizes the fallen. Often they are merely reduced to a body count, a most modern — even digital — dehumanization, whereby the deceased are only worthy mentioning if they can somehow perish in denominations greater than one. And even then they reduced to forgettable numbers. But yes, by all means, let us demonize religion.