be sacrificed on the altar of

be sacrificed on the altar of something

  (formal)
to be destroyed by an activity, system or belief that is bad but more important or more powerful Service and quality have been sacrificed on the altar of profit.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice
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Sound science education must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious zealotry.
One of our fundamental goals is to persuade people, especially surgeons, that help is at hand - genius need not be sacrificed on the altar of expediency.
If we don't succeed, access to treatment will be sacrificed on the altar of pharmaceutical company excess.