"The modern world is essentially non-religious. This may seem a strange
statement given the rise of a militant Catholic church and militant
Muslim, American Protestant, and Judaic groups. But if one examines
the acts, as opposed to the rhetoric, of these movements, one finds
their primary purpose is to reassert dominance over women and subordinate
groups, e.g., Muslim socialists, American blacks, Israeli Arabs."
[Marilyn French, "Will Secularism Survive?"
article in _Free Inquiry_ magazine]