- If two groups of people are fighting, and both groups deny that it is a religious war, it is not a religious war.
- If two groups of people are fighting, and both groups agree that it is a religious war, it is a religious war.
- But if two groups of people are fighting, and one group denies that it is a religious war, while the other group insists that it is a religious war, it is prima facie a religious war.
Practical advice: how do you know if you’re in a religious war? Ask your enemy if his religion says that you must be killed.
By extension: you can be completely secular and a total hedonist and still be caught in a religious war. In fact, if there is one religious death cult that seeks to destroy you for not being a member of it, you will be locked in a religious war with its members until they are incapacitated, or until you are.
My understanding of the above, during a conversation with friends at Columbia University on Sunday 23 September 2001, was the first main reason that I stopped being a libertarian.