Religion scholar Martin Marty—pushing back against an article in Foreign Policy that asks “What if Islam had never existed?”—cites a plenitude of religion-fueled conflicts that have had nothing to do with Islam. He concludes with the fact that great atrocities of the 20th century were committed by secular dictators, and offers this insight:
In truth, the conflicts of such a world would parallel those of a world with Islam. Rather than seek to “destroy” Islam and the Muslims, one infers, it might be better for all peoples of faith to look more in the mirror and less out the window, to promote peace.
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