I said that in answer to Spidergoat: "I would take hard and difficult facts over comforting lies. Perhaps a dying child would not." Meaning, even in the matter of dying children, science may be a better answer than religion. And, if we wanted to be nitpickety, medicine also offers palliative care that's more effective than comforting lies. Doctors can be every bit as compassionate as priests, but priests can't be as effective a doctors. Unfortunately, they all too often do.