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Best Answer M. T. Dremer says
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I believe Marx said opiate of the masses and not opium. This would have taken into account laudanum which contains opium.
Rod, oops! I should have looked it up because the actual quote is really beautiful: "'Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
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Not sure you are right about humans being an evolutionary dead end. I believe we are evolving but it can be a very slow process. Religion can be and is in too many places a double edged sword.