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The consumerist West has indeed made 'a schism with the whole universe'. Its own protestations notwithstanding, it is a force for belligerence in the contemporary world. It has, in effect, undertaken a relentless war to 'erase history and eliminate difference'. Having succeeded at home, it is now in the process of extending its crusade (I choose my words advisedly) abroad, utilizing its massive dominance of the global economy, global media and communications, political and even military structures. When this accumulation of power is brought to bear against traditional belief systems, especially religions, along with the cultures that both enshrine them and are enshrined by them, the resultant explosion of violence is unsurprising.
Take a look around. Inside the West, religion is locked relentlessly indoors. Increasingly, its adherents are given no place to hide even there, as their children must be yielded up for compulsory socialization in secular schools; careers are made subject, formally or informally, to opinion-tests so as to exclude traditionalists; social, state and even legal support are withdrawn from marriage in one Western country after another. In Europe, enforcement of the new anti-morality is a precondition for a state to join the EU.
And outside the West economic, political, financial and cultural muscle are used by Western powers to secularize; aid programs and international organizations are used to promote birth control, abortion and easy divorce; advertising by multinationals promotes sexualized clothing. The consequent eruptions of anger are ‘wars for religion’.