Via Unreasonable Faith:
James McGrath chews this over, and suggests that not all religion is like this (such as his own liberal views, or that of Deists), but it sure does seem to capture a lot of people. And it doesn't help if you add propaganda to the tool set to keep people in conformity.
Lovecraft went on in the letter this quote comes from to say this:
The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.Doesn't sound that different than Richard Dawkins to me when talking about the indoctrination of children. New Atheism--not so new.