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Thoughts for Shabbat: Religious violence is an abomination

One of the recurring dangers of religion, indeed of civilization generally, is that they divide humanity into the saved and the damned, the redeemed and the accursed, the believer and the infidel, the civilized and the barbarian, the children of light and the children of darkness. There is no limit to the evils that can be visited on those not of our faith, since one is doing so in the name of God, truth and right, and since one’s victims are less than fully human. That is an abomination, an offense against God and His image—humankind.

–Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Ceremony & Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays, 257