February 2007 (touched up in March 2013)
Occasionally we hear someone argue that a confict is political rather than religious, for example the conflct between Israelis and Arabs. The latest comes from Reza Aslan, author of No god but God, seen debating Sam Harris on C-SPAN2. Social conflicts can consistent of at least two elements. Take away one of them and there may be no conflict. Aslan misses that a conflct can be both political and religious and that religious differences do play a role in the Arab-Israeli conflict – which is not to say that it must or that politics does not play a role.
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