Tyranny exercised for the good…

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…. Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience…. In reality, however, we must face the possibility of bad rulers armed with a Humanitarian theory of punishment…. We know that one school of psychology already regards religion as a neurosis. When this particular neurosis becomes inconvenient to government, what is to hinder government from proceeding to”cure” it? Such a”cure” will, of course, be compulsory; but under the Humanitarian theory it will not be called by the shocking name of Persecution.

C. S. Lewis, quoted in When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin Lutzer, kindle location 292

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