Thanks for these references. Your sociological or political interpretation of these so-called enlightened religions reminds me of my article "The Theistic Priming of Oligarchy."

I've written a little on Buddhism, and I have another one coming out soon. I also harshly criticize the Quran in the fourth article below.

Of course, the religious practitioners can always say that their ideals are being abused for political purposes, that the religions themselves shouldn't be judged by the local, necessarily imperfect institutions. I don't think that defense gets them very far though.

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