No society aspiring to civilized values can afford to tolerate religionism, and most especially cannot afford to tolerate extremist religionism. The kind of harm you suffered is merely one type in a long catalog of harms that inevitably arise from irrational unsubstantiated beliefs in invisible magical creatures. Sadly we seem as a species to be very far indeed from understanding this basic fact and so the horrors continue unabated.

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