A need for nondestructive secularization?
Secularists (particularly the arguments of the so-called "new atheists" argue to try to diminish, if not, eradicate religion. Yet even assuming that the almost 7 billion+ people on this planet had access to a secular education, decent living standards, and life prospects how could this even be possible? And how are we defining religion here? I have yet to hear the new atheists, or anyone for that matter, overturn this argument in a convincing way.
Also, since religious communities have been pushed into modernity (especially in the Islamic world) largely through military ventures and the imposition of free markets, the additional demand of secularization on a Western model has been quite overbearing, especially if we're to agree that capitalist globalization diminishes traditional values and the sense of what is sacred between people and their community. Doesn't it seem that the attacks of 9/11 and the resurgence of religion (especially of the extreme kind) after the fall of the Soviet Union is largely the result of the secular project of modernization (especially in places like Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) which has been experienced as a trauma, with an absence of any sort of credible moral virtue to lend legitimacy to a de-secularized political re-orientation? I think this process of secularization has been received as a violent and poor alternative to traditional worldviews that still hold communities together, however well or poorly they may achieve this goal.