Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
My thoughts: Too many of us need to believe we have found a truer god than that ofothers. Such beliefs kill. It has been that way throughout history. Just as the Taliban destroyed the Buddhist statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan, the Chinese are destroying Buddism in Tibet, and the Communists of Russia tried to destroy all religions , so most ancient religions and conquerors insisted their God(s) be worshiped and often destroyed the conquered’s temples of worship and persecuted those who believed differently. To me, God, the Force, or any other deities or higher powers must be love in its best and purest form; such love does not damn those who believe differently. That is of course heresy and blaspheme to some or just arrogance on my part, who am I to define G-d; but if G-d is love my doubts and thoughts are understood and to understand all is to forgive all. Stay strong.