Last night we saw Peter Berg's "The Kingdom," probably one of the best portrayals ever, of the deeply rooted hatred between Americans and Muslims, and from the rational, "Flatlander's" point of view, one would reach the conclusion that religion is probably the most idiotic thing there is (right next to patriotism, but that's not the message the movie makers wanted to bring across). Only someone looking a little deeper, beyond the limits of their own finite dimensions of what is to be believed and accepted as "real" or not, can see the hands in the dark pulling the threads of manipulation, playing one party skillfully against another, creating what the Germans call a "Feindbild," an artificial image of your enemy in your mind, and in this case, achieving that the majority of rational people in the world will believe exactly that: Religion is the Enemy.
While the two opposing (artificially created) forces of communism and capitalism were ensuring the necessary tension and strife to cater to the unseen manipulators' agenda for half a century, the new culprit is religion, the last enemy to be overcome in order to achieve world peace within the glorious New World Order.
Without being aware of a plan that's unfolding in world history and recognizing that the "New World Order" was more than just a neat line Bush Sr. came up with (- probably long before Mr. Hirsh had his job with Newsweek -), what Bush Jr. and his potential successor are committing is merely a "folly."
In my opinion, it is a much larger folly to be as naive to assume such a thing.
It isn't just folly or plain stupidity to be pouring billions into a sinking ship called "The Economy," deemed "unsinkable" for decades, (despite the repetitive outcries of the prophets of doom since the 70s), because just like the future abolition of religion, Mr. Hirsh, it is the New World Order's cleverly devised plan and intention - not merely some poor dupe's "folly" - to abolish the other thing, even more important to (most) people than their religion: Cash!
The arquitects of the New World Order know that the only way the masses are going to relinquish their beloved churches (temples, Mosques, etc.) and paper money, is by proving to the entire world that both only create problems, and are a nuisance - a relic of the past, soon to be abolished.
Of course, they'll have a neat alternative handy and ready for each man, woman and child: a personal chip just for your right hand or forehead, as prophesied 2000 years ago, to get you what you want at the mall, plus, a taylor-made new world ideology to replace all pestering religions, including its own messiah, mahdi, savior or superman... whatever you wish to call him.
It's understood that no one voluntarily wants to face such a bleak outlook, if that's supposed to be the "guiding force" behind history and the glorious "extra-height" (as Abbot put it), or additional dimension, if that's all there is to it. The good news is that above and around the matrix of evil, there's yet another layer of truly divine and - for a change - benign purpose for mankind, and that's God's plan, "Matrix" or Kingdom, whatever you want to call it, which engulfs and only uses all lesser dimensions within it to teach the universe a lasting lesson with a happy ending.
You may be abolish religion, and with most of it, you'd probably be doing the world a favor. But you can't abolish God. And there IS One, you can bet your cash on it!