With that poorly argued excuse, let me quote an excerpt from H L Mencken's Memorial Service (For the full list, follow the link).
NinAt some point soon, I will be looking at Barn's rebuttal to Dawkins' equating religions to "mind viruses". Barns doesn't believe such mind-viruses, or possibly memes, could exist and asks how untrue claims could exist for long periods of time. My response is contained in the (partial) list above. There are many such Gods who were well-accepted by many and I think Barns would agree with me that these could fit the definition of 'mind virus'.
You may think I spoof. That I invent the names. I do not. Ask the rector to lend you any good treatise on comparative religion: You will find them all listed. They were gods of the highest standing and dignity-gods of civilized peoples-worshiped and believed in by millions. All were theoretically omnipotent, omniscient, and immortal. And all are dead.