Monday, February 27, 2006


"I do not dream of a world where religion has no place, but of a world where the need for spirituality will be dissasociated from the need for belonging. Of a world where humans, while remaining attached to their beliefs, to a denomination, to moral values ultimately inspired by a Holy Book, will no longer feel the need to enroll in the army of their co-religionists. Of a world where religion will no longer serve as the glue for ethnic war. To separate church from state will no longer be enough; it will be just as important to separate religion from identity. And equally, if we wish to Prevent this amalgam from feeding fanaticism, terrorism and ethnic wars, it will be necessary to satisfy the need for identity in other ways." – Amin Maalouf

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