Why is there such a fury against religion now? Why is it more advanced in Britain than in the USA? I have a good reason to seek the answer to this question, and I have found it where I might have expected to have done if only I had grasped from the start how large are the issues at stake. Only one reliable force stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. Only one reliable force forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law. Only one reliable force restrains the hand of the man of power. And, in an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principle obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.
Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.112