I read this on Gretchen's Blog and was shocked.
I thought the quote was going one way, then it went another.
“Religion used to be the opium of the people. To those suffering humiliation, pain, illness, and serfdom, religion promised the reward of an afterlife. But now, we are witnessing a transformation, a true opium of the people is the belief in nothingness after death, the huge solace, the huge comfort of thinking that for our betrayals, our greed, our cowardice, our murders, we are not going to be judged.”
(1911-2004), a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat.
He is regarded as one of the great poets of the 20th century.