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"The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not
only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other
attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the
father of knowledge a serpent -- slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since
the earliest days the church as an organization has thrown itself
violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man.
It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible
defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad
institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it
was the apologist for the divine right of kings."

H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

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