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As a religion, which was forged by the blade of guillotine, Secularism is not a peaceful, passive and indifferent ideology, which deals strictly with the state and worldly affairs; rather, it is a zealous and evangelical religion. All too ironically, this modern religion has copied Catholicism in many aspects even though it rose to replace it. Laïcité became a religious cult like Catholicism; it monopolized politics, science, intellectualism, academia and propaganda. As the Catholic Church before, it holds the exclusive right to interpret the bible of science – with all its fields. Whoever is not certified by the institutions of Secularism, they’re considered self-proclaimed and they're condemned, exactly as the Catholic Church used to punish scholars who acted outside the authority of the Pope. There is, however, another more important religious practice that Secularism has inherited from the Catholic Church, that is, holy wars.

The French Revolution was but a holy war of the secularist movement. In the name of spreading this religion, everything was justified, including massive bloodshed. During the Reign of Terror, guillotine worked around the clock cutting people’s heads off. More than 30.000 Catholic priests were forced into exile, which means that the whole religious elite of France was replaced by secularists, who banned the old holidays, changed the calendar, and introduced their own rituals by force.

Fast-forward to 2003, the US President George W. Bush launched a bloody war in Iraq, rather an illegal invasion. He convinced the US Congress that the war he waged against the Iraqi people was in the name of democracy. The holy war of Bush against the Iraqi children and women was justified according to the Former US Secretary Mrs. Albright, who said in response to the death of half a million Iraqi children, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price is worth it.”

Indeed, there are many examples of holy wars done in the name of Secularism. The regime of Enver Hoxha in Albania, which lasted from WWII to 1990, gives us a glimpse of the barbarism caused by this religion. The French graduate, Enver Hoxha, who was brough to power by the British and Americans during the WWII, conducted a holy war of forced conversion of people from the traditional religions, who were predominantly Muslim, into the atheism, which in 1976 was declared as the official religion of Albania – the first atheist country in the world that banned religion by a constitutional article and prescribed sever punishments against other religious practices. He convinced people that he was leading a crusade in the name of Secularism.

Lastly, even the war in Ukraine, for example, has been articulated by the western leaders as a war defending democracy while Volodymyr Zelenskyy is praised as a champion of democracy, not simply defending his own country. There is a clear holy-war-type rhetoric associated with the mission of Zelenskyy.

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