"And we are called upon to worship such a God; to get upon our knees and tell
him that he is good, that he is merciful, that he is just, that he is love.
We are asked to stifle every noble sentiment of the soul, and to trample
under foot all the sweet charities of the heart. Because we refuse to stultify
ourselves -- refuse to become liars -- we are denounced, hated, traduced and
ostracized here, and this same god threatens to torment us in eternal fire
the moment death allows him to fiercely clutch our naked helpless souls.
Let the people hate, let the God threaten -- we will educate them, and we
will despise and defy him."
[Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Gods", 1872]