Oct. 31, 2012

“Mass movements can rise and spread without a belief in God, but never without belief in a devil.”

– Eric Hoffer in his landmark analysis of fanaticism, “The True Believer” (1951)

Hoffer’s point was impressively made in the day-care mania. In no case I’ve found – in this country at least – did religion play a significant factor. To the contrary, several ministers and churches were on the receiving end of wrongful prosecution.