Anyone who has some time and would like to see the effect of the Dark Ages can start here to read some more on the subject.
All one has to do is look at what Islam has done to the Middle East to understand the role of the church in the Dark Ages.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -HL Mencken 1933