The social justice lens that many atheists and humanists should adopt will allow them to realize that institutionalized religion is as much a tool to prohibit the creation of genuine social revolution as any other system of oppression that many are working to resist.
A Machiavellian observation from Napoleon Bonaparte - similar to the observation by Karl Marx that "Religion is the opium of the People" (The complete quotation from Marx is "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people")
Opium of the People: Gina was confused; there seemed to be a conflict between her science teacher's viewpoint and that of her history teacher. The history teacher told the class that Karl Marx had preached that religion was the opium of the people, yet clearly, her science teacher showed her that her family--the poppies--were the source of opium . . .
Quote: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” What he actually said: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” The bastardized quote makes more sense when it’s placed in context with Marx’s poetic words.