Agreed, and there is no shortage of rubes who are ready, willing and able to be mindless dolts and minions.<quoted text>My main point all along on this thread; the bible and all religious texts and dogma are not by definition, the absolute authority on morality. It closes the mind to questioning the morality as it does with all its claims. It demands absolute blind faith to the claims of morality. It claims those who question the authority will be punished.
It is clearly a tool for the powers of government or other men of power over the people. It silences the opposition. It is a tool of a dictatorship.
To any who are willing to be honest with themselves and others, it is obvious that the dogmas and doctrines of religion are false - perhaps less at their origins, but with absolute certainty and absurdity after being augmented by the bulwarks and bollocks of theist authorities, councils, and "scholars." Blind faith is nothing but stark raving fear slathered with a generous veneer of fools' gold grandeur.