is now up, on schedule. This is a major one. Let's just say that there's a plot point I've been waiting to unveil for years, so I'm pretty psyched that I finally get to share it with my readers. I will bite my tongue there for fear of spoilers.
Marine: Iom isn't miserable; I was just using a starving man as a crude analogy to give an idea of Deanna's position. Eating is only a momentary respite from hunger for all
living beings. I'm guessing that "sapient being" was a typo and you meant "sentient being", but either way, I doubt that Deanna would ever agree that the animals he sacrifices to Iom fit that term.
Your judgment of Hindel is based solely on the assumption that human sacrifice trumps all other wrongs, including other forms of killing. That's purely subjective, and I can't see any basis for it aside from human sacrifice being the least fashionable form of killing in our own culture.
I find it a tad ludicrous that you think Christianity and atheism aren't religions. Care to elaborate?
Cortes and the conquistadors didn't wipe out a religion; they wiped out a civilization. Efforts to wipe out civilizations have largely ceased in the modern era, but efforts to wipe out religions most definitely have not. It makes no difference whether the religions are "relatively benign" or not. More to the point, I'm not clear on why you think that human sacrifice is totally indefensible because it's taking a human life, yet wiping out an entire civilization is perfectly okay. That's taking thousands of lives in order to save a few dozen.
I never said that Cypress didn't raze those shrines to Iom that they found, though again, I'm unclear why you're so gung ho in favor of slash-and-burn warfare. It doesn't seem very heroic to me.
Incidentally, Marine, in a previous debate we had on Iom's religion, you brought up the Light. If you hadn't guessed, that was what inspired me to mention it in "Ten Years Later" (and it's going to have a somewhat more plot-significant role in "Shining Cloud"). I don't think I ever credited you for that.