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"One cannot disprove the existence of a God anymore than one can the existence of the Tooth Fairy. But if enough people believed in the latter, would it make it any more credible?"
- Jack Pritchard

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"A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

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'Even scientists are not immune from the perceptual distortions to which we are all subjected.'
~Massimo Polidoro...[wait...ya mean scientists are human? huh]

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2/19/17 6:42 A

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'I believe that we are a story-driven species and that we understand how things are put together, in the context of narrative. It's a shame that science hasn't been taught that way, in a long time. It's usually the fact completely devoid of any human experience or any idea of how the scientist came to that conclusion.'
- Ann Druyan

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“Ineffective therapies are always harmful. The greatest danger lies in the risk that a still treatable disease (is) not really being treated at an early stage, by first trying an alternative therapy. In the worst case, this can lead to the death of the patient. This is more common than you might think.”
- The Association Against Quackey, The Netherlands, established 1881, considered to be the oldest continually running skeptical organization in the world.

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2/15/17 11:36 A

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“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.”
~ Steven Weinberg

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2/15/17 11:16 A

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“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
~ Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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2/15/17 11:13 A

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“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
~ Christopher Hitchens

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“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
~Christopher Hitchens

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“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

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2/13/17 11:32 A

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"The most powerful nation on earth has millions of literate, educated citizens who actually believe a talking snake tempted a woman to eat a magic apple that caused her to be ashamed of her genitals? What chance do we have of talking sense to these [people]?"
- Abraham Sandwich

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2/13/17 11:32 A

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"When we move beyond God or no God and start to be responsible for ourselves we start to live."
- Colin Shingleton

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2/11/17 9:31 A

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“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
~ Galileo Galilei

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“Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.”
~ Michael Crichton

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
~ Arthur C. Clarke

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2/11/17 9:23 A

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“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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2/11/17 7:34 A

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Treaty of Tripoli - Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

This treaty was endorsed by George Washington before he left office. It was then officially endorsed by John Adams and sent to the senate where it was officially ratified June 10, 1797.

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2/7/17 4:07 P

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“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
~ Carl Sagan

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“I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!”
~ J.K. Rowling

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“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”
~ Eoin Colfer

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2/5/17 9:31 A

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"You don't get a [crappy] label because you make mistakes. You get a [crappy] label from NOT LEARNING from your mistakes."
~Joe DeRosa, a comic talking about other comics, but I don't see why it wouldn't be applicable to all aspects of life

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2/4/17 7:47 A

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“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
~ George Orwell

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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
~ Aldous Huxley, prophesying the alternative facts crowd

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“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
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"In matters of religion it is very easy to deceive a man and very hard to undeceive him."
- Pierre Bayle, 1697

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150,000 people die on earth die every day. If we all prayed for all of them, 150,000 people would still die every day
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“As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.”
~Robert G. Ingersoll

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"God is just an imaginary friend for adults." - Morgan Freeman in "The Big Bounce"

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“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever”
~ Chinese proverb

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“An atheist believes that a hospital
should be built instead of a church.
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An atheist strives for involvement in life
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“Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.”
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“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
~ Stephen Hawking

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“I don't want to believe. I want to know.”
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“Given the power and influence that science increasingly has in our daily lives, it is important that we as citizens of an open and democratic society learn to separate good science from bunk. This is not just a matter of intellectual curiosity, as it affects where large portions of our tax money go, and in some cases even whether people’s lives are lost as a result of nonsense.”
~ Massimo Pigliucci

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“[T]he nature of science is not that of a steady, linear progression toward the Truth, but rather a tortuous road, often characterized by dead ends and U-turns, and yet ultimately inching toward a better, if tentative, understanding of the natural world.”
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"Sacred cows make the best hamburger." - Mark Twain

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"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise."
--Barry Goldwater, prophet

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russel

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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams

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"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science."
~Robert Ingersol

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness." - Carl Sagan

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“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”
~ Isaac Asimov

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“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.”
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“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
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'The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.'
~ Stephen Hawking

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"It is when we are most desperate that we are at our most vulnerable. It’s hard to be objective, to ask for the evidence, and to critically appraise it. But that’s when it’s probably most important."
~ Scott Gavura, Bad Science Watch (Canada)

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1 Timothy 2:11-12 – "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent."

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Science is certain of nothing and requires proof of everything..
Faith is certain of everything and requires proof of nothing..

- godwouldbeanatheist

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“We're surrounded by people who don’t make that distinction. If you say to them ‘there’s a monster living in my closet, you can’t see him, but you gotta have faith that he’s there’ people would say ‘well that’s ridiculous, you’re out of you’re mind, you should be locked up’ but the same thing does not apply to a guy living on a cloud... We suspend our powers of logic.”
~ Seth Mcfarlane

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“One day when I was praying, it suddenly occurred to me thatI was talking to myself.”
~ Peter O' Toole

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"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk."
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"Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there would be no religious people." - House, MD

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"At least people hundreds of years ago believed in gods because they were ignorant... the only excuse for belief today has to be intellectual laziness or cowardice."
- Esiah Zakite

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To change is always seeming fickleness. But not to change with the advance of science is worse; it is persistence in error.
~James Dwight Dana, 1837

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As long as you hate, there will be people to hate.
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“You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.”
~ Penn Jillette,

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“While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds immense prestige in our society. Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about. It is telling that this aura of nobility extends only to those faiths that still have many subscribers. Anyone caught worshiping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.”
~ Sam Harris

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"Religion was created to calm the weak and fearfull about death, and allow them to accept it without panic. Unfortunately, religion will probably exist until the day we can extend human life. Thankfully, Science is fast approaching that day."

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“Now, the invention of the scientific method and science is, I'm sure we'll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn't withstand the attack then down it goes. Religion doesn't seem to work like that; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That's an idea we're so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it's kind of odd to think what it actually means, because really what it means is 'Here is an idea or a notion that you're not allowed to say anything bad about; you're just not. Why not? - because you're not!”
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“Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
~ Christopher Hitchens

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"Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver."
- Robert G. Ingersoll

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"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."
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“The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.”
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“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”
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"A Mormon told me that they don't drink coffee. I said, "A cup of coffee every day gives you wonderful benefits." He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well, it keeps you from being Mormon ..."
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"Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over."

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“I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further.”
~ Richard Dawkins

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“Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one.”
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“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
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“It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.”
~ Ricky Gervais

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“Now, I don't believe that a god exists. I think that gods are creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.”
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“I regard teaching religion as purveying lies.”
~ Peter Atkins

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“Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence what so ever.”
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“When the late Pope John Paul II decided to place the woman so strangely known as “Mother” Teresa on the fast track for beatification, and thus to qualify her for eventual sainthood, the Vatican felt obliged to solicit my testimony and I thus spent several hours in a closed hearing room with a priest, a deacon, and a monsignor, no doubt making their day as I told off, as from a rosary, the frightful faults and crimes of the departed fanatic. In the course of this, I discovered that the pope during his tenure had surreptitiously abolished the famous office of “Devil’s Advocate,” in order to fast‐track still more of his many candidates for canonization. I can thus claim to be the only living person to have represented the Devil pro bono.”
~ Christopher Hitchens

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“I have never, in all my life, not for one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find totally satisfying. I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so.”
~ Isaac Asimov

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“What I'm asking you to entertain is that there is nothing we need to believe on insufficient evidence in order to have deeply ethical and spiritual lives.”
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“Jesus was not the man he was as a result of making Jesus Christ his personal savior.”
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"Throughout history, people have perpetuated religion by foisting ridiculous fairy tales upon helpless children, and threatening them with burning in hell forever if they don't believe. Later on, the threats become a little more concrete, with the very real punishments of being shunned, discriminated against, and in some instances, beaten, arrested, tortured, and even murdered for questioning the myths. Adding insult to injury, they then have the effrontery to criticize atheists for lacking their moral compass."--Anonymous.

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Shepherds do not shepherd because they like sheep. They shepherd because they like wool and mutton.
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