The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death
There is something about the state putting the power to bully into the hands of subnormal, sadistic apes that makes my blood boil.
I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities.
We're supposed to procreate and society, god knows, is ferocious on the subject. Heterosexuality is considered such a great and natural good that you have to execute people and put them in prison if they don't practice this glorious act.
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around.
.. American society, literary or lay, tends to be humorless. What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?