If we don’t tame religion, it will be the end of us

Soyinka was talking of Nigeria but I think his comments apply equally to anywhere else in the world where there are religious people.

“I do not say kill religion, though, I wouldn’t mind a bit if that mission could be undertaken surgically, painlessly perhaps, under anaesthesia, effectively sprayed all over the nation or perhaps during an induced pouch of religious ecstasy.

“We may never prosecute anybody for killing in the name of religion precisely because we have been unable to separate criminality from religion.