Allowing religion to have political influence turns it into something “cruel and wicked”, the author Philip Pullman has argued, as he condemns the “terrible things” Islamic extremists have “done to young girls in the name of religion”.
Pullman, the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, said society must resist allowing religion to “pry into places it doesn’t belong”, including politics.
Speaking of religious zealots of all denominations, he added power had now been given to a “group of men who have an unhealthy interest in other people’s sexuality”.
Pullman has previously been accused of blasphemy for his 2009 book “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”, with his Dark Materials trilogy being banned from some American schools.
In 2001, he reportedly told the Washington Post he was “trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief” with his work.