Straits Times, 15 Dec 07
by Roland Chia

IN RECENT years, there has been a spate of anti-religion literature authored by atheists who are either crusading for religion to be privatised or abolished.

The titles of their books openly declare their basic agendas: The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Christopher Hitchens), The End Of Faith (Sam Harris) and Breaking The Spell (Daniel Dennett). These authors champion atheism and the ideology that it has spawned, namely, secularism.

They argue that religion is responsible for some of the worst atrocities in history and that society’s future lies in a secularism that would keep religion out of the public square.

These authors often quote stark examples in history of the chaos and bloodshed for which religion was allegedly responsible. And one of their favourites is surely the Thirty-Year War (1618-1648), which involved the Holy Roman Empire and the Protestant states in Germany.

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