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This Twitter post (amongst many other online references) attributes the quote to Maggie Smith:

My dear, religion is like a penis. It's a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, but when one takes it out and waves it in my face we have a problem.

Did Maggie Smith make such a comment?

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    Picture of Smith being behind the photo doesn't necessarily mean the quote is attributed to her in that post. Find a notable claim, this is not enough. – George Chalhoub Sep 20 '15 at 6:28
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    @GeorgeChalhoub A quick google search shows many cases of people attributing it to Maggie Smith. Added the link. – March Ho Sep 20 '15 at 6:30
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    A glance over the google results suggests that possibly it's rather her character in A Room with a View saying that. Anybody have the script or DVD to check? – Hagen von Eitzen Sep 20 '15 at 21:28
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    Found an earlier source: January 2009, look for a comment by "Personal Failure". atheistrev.com/2008/06/witnessing-to-atheists.html This might just be the origin. The comment is given its own article by the blog author at the end of the year, which would fit with the image link from the Reddit thread (early 2010). – Sebastian Redl Sep 21 '15 at 14:53
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    @Hagen: At least, Forster's novel is on Project Gutenberg. It doesn't contain the word "penis", and the three occurrences of the word "religion" are not in any context resembling this quote. If it is a line from the film, it must be very freely adapted from the novel. – Nate Eldredge Sep 22 '15 at 18:04

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