"The same Gallup poll revealed that 53 percent of Americans are actually creationists. This means that despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of life and the greater antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue. Those with the power to elect our presidents and congressmen - and many who themselves get elected - believe that dinosaurs lived two by two upon Noah's ark, that light from distant galaxies was created en route to the earth, and that the first members of our species were fashioned out of dirt and divine breath, in a garden with a talking snake, by the hand of an invisible God.
Among developed nations, America stands alone in these convictions. Our country now appears, as at no other time in her history, like a lumbering, bellicose, dim-witted giant. Anyone who cares about the fate of civilization would do well to recognize that the combination of great power and great stupidity is simply terrifying, even to one's friends.
In truth, however, is that many of us may not care about the fate of civilization. forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth."
"Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government acutally believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."
Sam Harris, Letter To A Christian Nation
It is a real concern about the mental health of a nation whose beliefs, policies, and practices are based on religious delusions. The kind of arrogance, hatred, and bloodshed that ensue lead to destruction, failure, and death. This kind of rise of religious fervor mixed with politics leads to fascistic states that bring war and hollocausts as witnessed in other countries and other historical times such as in Germany during the rise of Nazism.
It is time for rational people of good will to stand up to the bonds of religious tyranny being perpetrated on our society under the guise of restoring moral order which are other words for oppression and subjugation by religious based power similar to what is going on in the middle east.