The trouble with religion

According to Robin Oakley-Hill (Letters, 20 November), the only serious argument against religion is that, by comforting the poor, it allows the rich to mess them around - roughly the argument of Marx and Proudhon a century and a half ago. But surely a rather more serious argument against religion is that it isn't true - the point is not that God is evil, but that God is not.

Anna Freeman
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

This article first appeared in the 27 November 1998 issue of the New Statesman, How the left hijacked the family