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"Heaven was invented for people who need to be bribed,
hell for those who need to be threatened."--Jay De Leon.

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Q:"What, if anything, would ever change your mind?"
Ham: "Nothing"
Nye: "Just one piece of evidence."

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12/15/14 7:46 A

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Slaves were allowed to practice religion, but denied science and education...
Yeah... let that sink in...
~Camo Jorel

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12/14/14 9:08 A

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"Reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not apply, there is no reality."
~Mr. Spock

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“Isn’t this enough? Just this world? Just this beautiful, complex wonderfully unfathomable world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters?” - Tim Minchin

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12/12/14 7:29 A

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Any time scientists disagree, it's because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I'm right, or you're right, or we're both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson



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12/11/14 9:39 A

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People think that if you are a scientist you have to give up that joy of discovery, that passion, that sense of the great romance of life. I say that's completely opposite of the truth.
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12/11/14 9:38 A

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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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12/6/14 6:27 A

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I have not tried to amass every argument I could think of to destroy the historicity of Jesus. Rather, I have summarized the series of realizations about methodology and evidence that eventually led me to embrace the Christ Myth Theory. There may once have been an historical Jesus, but for us there is one no longer. If he existed, he is forever lost behind the stained glass curtain of holy myth. At least that’s the current state of the evidence as I see it.
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Every church is a kind of insurance society, and proposes, for a small premium, to keep you from eternal fire. Of course, the man who tells you that there is to be no fire, interferes with the business, and is denounced as a malicious meddler and blasphemer. The fires of this world sustain the same relation to insurance companies that the fires of the next do to the churches.
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11/30/14 6:52 A

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There is no such thing as Islamophobia, because a phobia, by definition is an IRRATIONAL fear.
~seen on the net

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"But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.

And this is a damnable doctrine.”
~ Charles Darwin

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You're not a critical thinker if you're critical of thinking.
~Emery Emery

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The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science. ~Carl Sagan

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11/24/14 8:02 A

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'We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.'
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11/23/14 7:29 A

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"We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one."
~ Confucius

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“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.”
~ Carl Sagan

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If we were created in God's image, why aren't we invisible?
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"If everything is a part of God's predetermined plan, are your prayers for him to alter that plan also a part of the plan."--Ashley Zimmerman.

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'Boy, the idea of chaos is a scary proposition to some people. It is a scary proposition. And they will believe some ridiculous things to avoid the idea of having to deal with chaos. I say bring it on.'
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"One might be asked 'How can you prove that a god does not exist?' One can only reply that it is scarcely necessary to disprove what has never been proved."
~ David A. Spitz

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“Are you really surprised by the endurance of religion? What ideology is likely to be more durable than one that conforms, at every turn, to our powers of wishful thinking? Hope is easy; knowledge is hard. Science is the one domain in which we human beings make a truly heroic effort to counter our innate biases and wishful thinking. Science is the one endeavor in which we have developed a refined methodology for separating what a person hopes is true from what he has good reason to believe. The methodology isn't perfect, and the history of science is riddled with abject failures of scientific objectivity. But that is just the point-these have been failures of science, discovered and corrected by-what, religion? No, by good science.”
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Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
~Isaac Asimov

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Every sect, no matter how insignificant; every church, no matter how powerful, asks precisely the same thing from every member—that is to say, a surrender of intellectual freedom. The Catholic Church wants the same as the Baptist, the Presbyterian, and the Methodist—it wants the whole earth. It is ambitious to be the one supreme power. It hopes to see the world upon its knees, with all its tongues thrust out for wafers. It has the arrogance of humility and the ferocity of universal forgiveness. In this respect it resembles every other sect. Every religion is a system of slavery.
Of course, the religionists say that they do not believe in persecution; that they do not believe in burning and hanging and whipping or loading with chains a man simply because he is an Infidel. They are willing to leave all this with God, knowing that a being of infinite goodness will inflict all these horrors and tortures upon an honest man who differs with the church.
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“What do you think science is? There's nothing magical about science. It is simply a systematic way for carefully and thoroughly observing nature and using consistent logic to evaluate results. Which part of that exactly do you disagree with? Do you disagree with being thorough? Using careful observation? Being systematic? Or using consistent logic?”

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"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level,
and then beat you with experience."
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Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.
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Spiritualism. What do you think of "Spiritualism," as it is popularly termed?

Answer. I do not believe in the supernatural. One who does not believe in gods would hardly believe in ghosts. I am not a believer in any of the "wonders" and "miracles" whether ancient or modern. There may be spirits, but I do not believe there are. They may communicate with some people, but thus far they have been successful in avoiding me. Of course, I know nothing for certain on the subject. I know a great many excellent people who are thoroughly convinced of the truth of Spiritualism.

Christians laugh at the "miracles" to-day, attested by folks they know, but believe the miracles of long ago, attested by folks that they did not know. This is one of the contradictions in human nature. Most people are willing to believe that wonderful things happened long ago and will happen again in the far future; with them the present is the only time in which nature behaves herself with becoming sobriety.
In old times nature did all kinds of juggling tricks, and after a long while will do some more, but now she is attending strictly to business, depending upon cause and effect.
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The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is that
vampires are allergic to bull[stuff].
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"Each of my science books said, “This is why we think this; this is how we figured it out; and this is what we still don’t know.” That I can trust. And it inspires me to contribute. Conversely, religious books claim to already know everything we’ll ever need to know, even thought they never explained everything; and you’re forbidden to question them. Instead, you should believe them without suspicion and simply because they said so (even when they have already been proven wrong). This is why the word ‘confidence man’ describes a criminal swindler. Such people should not be trusted. When is it ever wise to believe someone without question?”
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“Please don’t make the mistake of thinking the arts and sciences are at odds with one another. That is a recent, stupid, and damaging idea. You don’t have to be unscientific to make beautiful art, to write beautiful things.

If you need proof: Twain, Adams, Vonnegut, McEwen, Sagan, Shakespeare, Dickens. For a start.

You don’t need to be superstitious to be a poet. You don’t need to hate GM technology to care about the beauty of the planet. You don’t have to claim a soul to promote compassion.

Science is not a body of knowledge nor a system of belief; it is just a term which describes humankind’s incremental acquisition of understanding through observation. Science is awesome.”
~Tim Minchin

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The New Testament is a mingling of the false and true – it is good and bad.

The Jehovah of the Jews is an impossible monster. The Trinity absurd and idiotic, Christ is a myth or a man.

The fall of man is contradicted by every fact concerning human history that we know. The scheme of redemption – through the atonement – is immoral and senseless. Hell was imagined by revenge, and the orthodox heaven is the selfish dream of heartless serfs and slaves. The foundations of the faith have crumbled and faded away. They were miracles, mistakes, and myths, ignorant and untrue, absurd, impossible, immoral, unnatural, cruel, childish, savage. Beneath the gaze of the scientist they vanished, confronted by facts they disappeared. The orthodox religion of our day has no foundation in truth. Beneath the superstructure can be found no fact.

Some may ask, “Are you trying to take our religion away?”

I answer, No – superstition is not religion. Belief without evidence is not religion. Faith without facts is not religion.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

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"Many mythologies are formerly religions that have simply lost followers. It seems reasonable to conclude that all religions are just mythology waiting to happen."
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According to this, a man was given liberty upon condition that he would desert forever his wife and children. Did any devil ever force upon a husband, upon a father, so cruel and so heartless an alternative? Who can worship such a god? Who can bend the knee to such a monster? Who can pray to such a fiend?
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“Some people feel they need religion
because they can’t control themselves;
but it shouldn’t be forced
upon those of us that can.”
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“Most religions attribute their large followings to the fact that
they pray, when the reality is it’s because they prey.”
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Atheists don't need to believe in imaginary places or deities to live happy and fulfilled lives nor do we need to scare our children into thinking if they are bad they will burn in hell. Teach your children to be good people, don't threaten them with terrifying and ridiculous thoughts.
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We are taught that liberty of speech should never be carried to the extent of contradicting the dead witnesses of a popular superstition. Society offers continual rewards for self-betrayal...
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I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
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“It’s pathetically easy to win over the ignorant to your faith, but damn near impossible once they’ve been exposed to education. So education must be a sacrilege, and ignorance righteous.”
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Whenever a man believes that he has the exact truth from God,
there is in that man no spirit of compromise. He has not the
modesty born of the imperfections of human nature; he has the
arrogance of theological certainty and the tyranny born of ignorant
assurance. Believing himself to be the slave of God, he imitates
his master, and of all tyrants, the worst is a slave in power. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

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“The producers of those teen beach themed movies in the 1950s never once worried about insulting the intelligence of their target audience, kind of like every evangelist who ever took to the pulpit.”—4th Admin.

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'I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.'

- Issac Asimov

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Pray for me if you must and I'll think for you because I have to.
~Fletcher Stephenson

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10/15/14 9:04 A

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The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

~Voltaire



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10/14/14 11:58 A

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A, How can you say christians are more trustworthy than Atheists are?
C, Christians have a code of ethics they must follow.
A, Really, who enforces this 'code'?
C, god holds us accountable.
A, When?
C, When we are judged... judgment day.
A, So... god doesn't reach down and put a hand over your mouth so you can't lie? For example.
C, No, we have free will.
A, I see, so no real world consequence?
C, What?
A, Simple... your god does nothing to assure you keep his code here on earth and yet through the magic of 'forgiveness' no consequence in heaven... thus being religious gives you less morality than an Atheist, by nature of you own code of reward and punishment. How convenient. ~Unknown

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10/14/14 11:56 A

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It is not acceptable to have a religion where the alternative to faith is punishment. That's how you train dogs, not develop people.
~Deng Ming-Dao

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10/13/14 7:51 A

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Religion: the belief that out of this vast universe, humans are favored by "god". Well, some humans. The humans who believe as I do. Just the humans who believe exactly, precisely as I do. Only those humans who were born in the right place, under the right denomination, who think and act and pray exactly, precisely, unerringly like I do. The rest of humanity will burn for eternity because god is love. ~Keith Van Arsdale

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10/11/14 10:33 A

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“The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”
~Albert Einstein


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10/10/14 9:17 A

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“I refuse to be defined as Christian simply because I was born Christian.
After all, I was also born illiterate and incontinent.” –4th Admin.

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10/9/14 7:24 A

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Let us be honest. Did all the priests of Rome increase the mental wealth of man as much as Bruno? Did all the priests of France do as great a work for the civilization of the world as Diderot and Voltaire? Did all the ministers of Scotland add as much to the sum of human knowledge as David Hume? Have all the clergymen, monks, friars, ministers, priests, bishops, cardinals and popes, from the day of Pentecost to the last election, done as much for human liberty as Thomas Paine? — as much for science as Charles Darwin?
~ Robert Green Ingersoll ~

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