This is a reasonable argument because it describes such effects as happiness and hope (in this case baseless) which are related to both religion and opium. Both involve a change of perception of life and let people ignore negative aspects of it. Since the illusory feeling of happiness and hope represent religion as a form of narcotic intoxication, this similarity is relevant to the drawn conclusion. Therefore the statement that people shouldn’t have anything with religion is obvious. Although, there are few relevant differences. Firstly, religion is not a medicine which can be used for treatment and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect on the brain. Religion – is a system of views, beliefs, ethics, practices, rules, and laws, which supposed to be followed by believers.
This is relevant because these systems can be found in scriptures, which are typical for all of the largest religions. Secondly, opium contains psychoactive constituents, therefore using of opium affects the central nervous system, brain activity and health in general. Also, regular use can lead to physical dependence. This is relevant because this statement based on medical conclusions. Thirdly, there are different nature and purposes of ignoring not good aspects of life for opium intoxication and religion. Religion teaches believers to be patient and accepting. Therefore they are able to see the difficulties or unfairness but connect it with a higher meaning, plan of God and the opportunity to show the loyalty to their faith. However, religion as a system of rules and laws can’t show any physical influence on the ability to think clearly.
And opium has nothing else than strong intoxicating effect, which doesn’t let the organism react in the right way. From this, it becomes quite evident that differences in this argument outweigh similarities, and can’t be relevant to the conclusion.