„Deep down, the problem is not a God that does not exist, but the religion that proclaims Him. I denounce religions, all religions, as harmful to Humankind. These are harsh words, but one must say them.“

—  José Saramago, Interview to the newspaper "O Globo" (at the time of the release of his latest book, Cain), in 2009.
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