Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things. In this world we can now begin a little to understand things, and a little to master them by the help of science, which has forced its way step by step against the christian religion, against the churches, and against the opposition of all the old precepts.
Christian stretched out beside her and pulled her close. ʺbut for what itʹs worth, i think youʹd be a great queen too, princess dragomir.ʺ ʺyouʹre going to get dirty,ʺ she warned. ʺalready am. oh, you mean from your clothes?ʺ he wrapped his arms around her, heedless of her damp and muddy state. ʺi spent most of my childhood hiding in a dusty attic and own exactly one dress shirt. you really think i care about this t-shirt?ʺ
Surrogate fathers and other male figures stepped in to give guidance after my dad died. businessmen taught me to honor my commitments; others gave me opportunities beyond my wildest imaginations. authors and speakers set good, solid examples of high standards and lofty goals for me; mature, committed christians nurtured and instructed me.
A certain sense of cruelty towards oneself and others is christian; hatred of those who think differently; the will to persecute. mortal hostility against the masters of the earth, against the 'noble', that is also christian; hatred of mind, of pride, courage, freedom, libertinage of mind, is christian; hatred of the senses, of joy in general, is christian.