One of the city soreheads said, “If the churches hadn’t invented the ideas of belief and patience, the faithful would be as dumb as the rest of us.”
is too direct.
Do note in your subversive surveys, that no ordinary intelligence can conceive of tomorrow without it being some form of Yesterday Redux or Today Repaired. (You might also note, that this is the very type of data that is simultaneously irrelevant and potentially explosive.) [Or just say it’s both meaningless and useful.]
After many requests and supplications, this one god acquiesced (although neither he nor any of his ministers knew what that meant). His wife later remarked, “So what else is new.”
There is another universe
wherein only warts
are justifiably sarcastic.