[quote author=“Anonymous”]The one topic that Mr Harris may have missed is, what faith is driven by. The peasant is driven by what he thinks his god will do for him-salvation, cure ills, help with the bills-. The religious leaders such as Falwell, Robertson, Graham, are driven by riches. I don’t think there many who are truly rightious.
Aman to this! This remind me what Forrest Wood says in his book, The Arrogance of Faith, that I’m currently reading: “For better or worse, power has always been the handmaiden of morality; and there is simply no getting away from the fact that religion is, among other things, a moral system. That is one it enduring virtures. And one of its abiding curses.” Pg. 11
Falwell, Bush, et al use religion as a source of power, as well as the bed rock of their ignorance. For too many people get off on using their religious convictions to will power over others, especially those whom they believe threaten their space and zone of comfort and power, e.g. homosexuals, feminists, and radical people of color. Thus religion will continue to be among the best tools the powerful elite use to get the masses in check.