H.L. Melkin was a scholar and a journalist. He was a fierce skeptic and is considered to have been one of the most infuential writers of the first half of the 20th century.
He was also very well known for his satirical coverage of the Snopes Trial, which he called the "Monkey Trial".
Mr Melkin was many things, but today, he is the author of one of my favourite quotes...
"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."-- H. L. Mencken
Well said Henry!
Religion is NOT deserving of respect.
People are, and while we should strive not to purposefully hurt their feelings, we should never shy from critical thinking.
No matter WHAT we are criticizing.