"Nothing can exceed the mendacity of the religious press. I have had some
little experience with political editors, and am forced to say, that until
I read the religious papers, I did not know what malicious and slimy
falsehoods could be constructed from ordinary words. The ingenuity with
which the real and apparent meaning can be tortured out of language is
simply amazing. The average religious editor is intolerant and insolent...
and always accounts for the brave and generous actions of unbelievers by
low, base, and unworthy motives."
["The Ghosts", Ingersoll's Works, Vol. 1, p.260]