The Flash Fiction Project at Google+ is at it again! There will be a visual prompt for every day in November (despite NaNo), and I'm going to try to write a (very) short piece for it every day as well. Due to time zone differences, I'll try writing and posting mine early in the morning, so it's a day after the original post for me, but still the same for them.
Let the fun begin! Here is the prompt for November 03:
The last religious war almost destroyed the earth.
Everybody saw it coming, but man has always fought for his belief, no matter the price, so there was not much that could be done. At least that would have been the case, if it hadn't been for the GAS.
Not all of the members were atheists; actually, there were quite a few religious people involved, people who were willing to give up everything to ensure that they would still have a home, and a planet for it to stand on. Coming from a religious background made it easier for them to climb the ladders to the tops of their respective religions. Other members used influence, acting and a good deal of bribery to reach positions of power in their countries.
When they were finally ready - when the GAS even had the president of the United States and the Pope - the world was at the brink of a nuclear war. There was only one thing to do, and they knew it: ban all religions. Holy scriptures were burned; churches, mosques and other places of worship were razed to the ground. There could be no turning back.
People fought, of course. From simple believers to strong fundamentalists, they took to the streets; protests, demonstrations and attacks were daily occurrences, and many people died. The GAS had been well prepared, though, and was able to pass appropriate laws in all major countries. The others they suppressed with well-controlled force.
The death toll was horrible, and it would take many generations to recover and forget, but the one thing that could have been worse never occurred. No nuclear bombs were fired, and there was no permanent damage to the earth. For now, man was safe.