"EACH nation has created a god, and the god has always resembled his creators.
He hated and loved what they hated and loved, and he was invariably found on
the side of those in power. Each god was intensely patriotic, and detested
all nations but his own. All these gods demanded praise, flattery, and
worship. Most of them were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent
blood has ever been considered a divine perfume. All these gods have insisted
upon having a vast number of priests, and the priests have always insisted
upon being supported by the people, and the principal business of these
priests has been to boast about their god, and to insist that he could easily
vanquish all the other gods put together."
[Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Gods", 1872]