29th December 2014

“The common doctrine that religious ideas have a sacrosanct character and are not to be discussed freely and realistically, even when they take the form of schemes to oppress and intimidate those who reject them in this doctrine I can see nothing save a hollow bombast. Whenever it is entertained human progress is immensely retarded. Nor is there any appreciable gain for religion itself. It becomes the common enemy of all enlightened men, and soon or late, watching their chance, they rise against it and try to destroy it utterly. History is full of examples and there is not a single compensatory example, at least in civilization, of a theocracy that has endured. To swathe religion in immunities, either by law or by custom, is simply to prepare the way for its corruption and destruction.”

H.L. Mencken1880 – 1956

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