But what we’ve got going wrong is we’ve got a kind of bifurcation [in cultural development]: You take your classified telephone directory, and open up ‘Churches,’ and have a ruler in your hand. And you will find that the longest space is occupied by authoritarian, Bible-banging churches. And these people are barbarians, who take the written word of the Bible literally. Because they need terribly, they have a personal need, for something to depend on. … The government realizes that there is a very large number of people like that; and therefore, to keep their votes, they have to pander to those kind of people. And these are the boys who never grew up; they always need Papa. … The trouble is that the boys who need Papa, are violent. They have the guns. And they are the types of people who like to be soldiers, policemen— tough guys. And therefore they have a great deal of power.
Alan Watts, Interviewed on Les Hixon’s show “In The Spirit” on WBAI New York (November 1972)