I suppose the Hell concept is the carrot and stick approach, laying it on with a trowel for the masses.
if people are more educated these days, perhaps they don't need the Hell bit after all.
There again, perhaps education leads to questioning in the broader sense, and then how will those who smile too much exert their influence over others?
M'Unlearned friend makes a good point over anti discriminatory laws here in The UK. Snag is, to profess a religious stance is to profess discrimination if you think about it long and hard enough. I have always laughed at the idea of a law to give people the right to bigotry and the rest of us to respect that.
Sod that for a lark.
Anyway, I am where the Methodists started it all happening tonight at a concert. Might go and have an argument with Wesley's statue if I have had enough pop by midnight....