If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war?
The Inquisitions were infamous for their intolerance and hostility to science. Six centuries later, we still have wannabe inquisitors among us, and they are growing their ranks through the support of like-minded candidates.
As it became clear that Spain would face the Netherlands in the World Cup Final, I was reading Arturo Perez-Reverte's historical novel The Sun over Breda. It's a reminder of the bloody and painful history that joins these two nations.