So, I posted this thread:
on another forum, and as well posted it here primarily to ask a question.
An astute redditor went to the beginning of the 2004 article -
The WT quote there is:
“WHEN religion is not encouraging strife it is acting as a drug which numbs the human conscience and fills the human brain with escapist fantasies. . . . [It] causes human beings to be narrow, superstitious, full of hatred and fear.” The former Methodist missionary who wrote that added: “These charges are true. There is bad and good religion.”—Start Your Own Religion.
The redditor posted that that book was written by Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary did write a book of that title
I do not feel like shelling out $20. to verify if that quote is in the book or not, and the local library does not have a copy.
The statement that religion "is acting as a drug which numbs the human conscience and fills the human brain with escapist fantasies," certainly sounds like it would have come from his book.
However, the statement: "The former Methodist missionary who wrote that" does seem confusing, although there is the typical WT ... in the quote, which could break up what the Methodist missionary said, and what Timothy Leary himself wrote.
Of all people, did WT actually use a quote from Timothy Leary?