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Religion is clearly not the major cause of war.” According to Vincent Carroll of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, “The two major sources of bloodletting in the 20th century were communism and fascism, or Nazism,” he said.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis agrees. “Those who are truly orthodox are people of great compassion, great faith, great generosity and not terribly warlike,” Maginnis said.

Some warmongers may use religion as a cover for their hate, but that doesn’t mean religion is the cause. “Osama bin Laden is a good example,” Maginnis said. “I’m not sure that he’s truly a man of Allah.”