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Is God on our side in war?

In war, both sides will often assert that "God is on our side". An extreme case is a holy war - a war primarily justified by religion. This occurred with the Christian Crusades that started in the late 11th century, which were in retaliation of previous Muslim conquests. In contrast, secular humanists assert that only ethical principles such as liberty can be said to be "on our side", else objectivity is lost.

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Experts In War


Osama Bin Laden    Former Leader of Al Qaeda
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...we are fulfilling a duty which God, Praise and Glory be to Him, decreed for us. We look upon those heroes, those men who undertook to kill the American occupiers in Riyadh and Khobar (Dhahran).
31 Mar 1997    Source

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Adolf Hitler    Leader of Nazi Party
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What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe.
16 Oct 1924    Source


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Experts In Politics


Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
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Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God, that what we have to make sure what we’re praying for, [is] that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan. [editors note: the comments caused a media stir, and in a later interview Palin talked about what she really meant]
08 Jun 2008    Source


Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
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I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. ... I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.
11 Sep 2008    Source



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0 Points      Nashhinton      20 Apr 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
God doesn't exist.


1 Point      Anonymous      13 Jul 2012      General Comment
God doesn't interact in human affairs in that way. We were given free will for a reason.


1 Point      Anonymous      02 Dec 2011      Stance on Question: Neutral
GOD'S NOT REAL MUTHAFUCKAS!!!


0 Points      the27th      09 May 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
Well, I don't think there is a God. For the theists out there: remember Abraham Lincoln. "We must endeavour to be on God's side."