Here’s an excellent quote from Philip Pullman. From a Boing Boing article. Pullman writes books. Fiction books like the amazing ‘His Dark Materials’ series. He knows something firsthand about being on the receiving end of book banning efforts.
“My basic objection to religion is not that it isn’t true; I like plenty of things that aren’t true. It’s that religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good. ”