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I would like to underline that one’s hatred towards God and religion is a religious fact, as odd as this may seem at first glance, because if one does not believe in the existence of God, one does not become enlisted in the battle against this nonexistent (in his opinion) God. Hatred towards God is interpreted from the point of view that it manifests itself in the name of some other faith – some other deity of one’s own choice. Hatred and polemic towards God applies to an existent God, because one never hates or fights against a God which he believes does not exist.

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos (from «Religion is the opium of the people»)