^Well, the rebels within the alien society, the ones fighting against the Crusade, were themselves religious; they just disagreed with the interpretation of their faith that required forcibly converting or destroying everything that didn't fit the strict letter of its teachings. So it wasn't against religion, just against militant fundamentalism and extremism, against corrupting religion into an excuse to persecute and wage war.
Sounds like what America is doing to the rest of the world.
Too much righteousness is not necessarily a good thing?
Depends if you're talking to the licencing dept at Trek or Seria. I think you're confusing the historical records with the sacred texts but they did have the Therbian flu, so... I'm up to chapter sixteen and hope to finish it today. Though it does like you got the real world philosophy backwards, unless you read it backwards and it cuts both ways. Interested to see how it ends. Similar to practically every ep of Trek so far, the spores, Plato's Stepchildren, etc.. What's the name of your next book?