We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
-- H L Mencken, Minority Report (1956)
The most curious social convention of the great age in which we live is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected.
-- H L Mencken, in American Mercury (March, 1930)
There are indeed differences at any given point in history as to the amount of damage religion is causing, and to what degree it is being used as government or by a government. "God says so." was devised purely to add weight to men's decisions.
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