Mixing patriotism with religion has always been lethal yet all too common.
Jesus is a most unlikely figure to justify a war, [yet] his name has been used to justify destructive wars in the name of religious fantasies. Most troubling of all, his teachings have been hijacked by people who hate in the name of love.
Politically, Christianity is being used almost as a weapon. It’s very strange. Where did Jesus talk about stem cells, or abortion, or homosexuality? There’s just too much hypocrisy.
—Deepak Chopra in an interview with John Hartl about his newest book The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore (Feb. 26, Seattle Times)