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Reader's view: History’s wars fueled by divine guidance

How splendid it must be to know God favors your race over other races and intends for you to conquer them and to know He smiles when you kill, displace or imprison the inferior races who are unworthy of the land on which they live. How nice to be sure God grants permission to redraw maps and found brutal colonial projects in his name.

And all the superior races want then is peace: Because conquerors always want peace. Whether it was the settlers of North America or elsewhere, a holy book has been used to justify the domination of inferior races and their lands. What better way to convince those who must do the dirty work? Because, as French philosopher Voltaire said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

David A. Sorensen