Every year, I commemorate in silence the night of August 24th. For 2 reasons: it was the birthday of my first girlfriend in high school , and more seriously because it is a very important day in European history and one of the worst massacres on religious grounds. More background on the night of Saint-Barthelemew on August 24th, 1572 here (in French) and here (in English); you may also rent “la Reine Margot” with Isabelle Adjani for a historic recount on that terrible night.
If you ever drop by Paris, you can visit the church of St-Germain l’Auxerrois just in front of the Louvre, where it all started. And there is a lovely statue of admiral Gaspard de Coligny, leader of the hugenots, very close by under the arches of the rue de Rivoli.
Religion wars should by all means be a thing of the past. I forgot to blog it, but IRA decided to drop military action, and pursue peace through Sinn Fein. One of the last war zones between Catholics and Protestants is now gone. Amen.