It seems like a likely date for the beginning of the war was the day that Christopher Hitchens’ book, god is not great: How religion spoils everything (see our review) was published. The actual battling began 11 July 2007, when Christopher Hitchens gave two hours of his time to Michael Medved on the latter’s radio talk show. If there ever has been a war without end, this is it.
Radio talk show host Michael Medved, to my appraisal, stands as a wonderful example of just what religion can do to people. Medved does not embody all of it, but he does illustrate some patho-religious processes well.
I hasten to state that I do not know Medved personally, nor have I ever met him. My judgments come from my listening now and then to his radio program and reading some of his articles.