• Seven hundred thousand men are said to have perished in the first two expeditions, which had been thus commenced and carried on by the pious zeal of the Christian church, and in the total amount, several million were found numbered with the dead: the awful effects of religious fanaticism presuming upon the aid of heaven.

    Elihu Palmer (1823). “Principles of Nature Or A Developement of the Moral Causes of Hapiness and Misery Among the Human Species”, p.9