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Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
~Robert A. Heinlein

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“Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein

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7/27/16 11:10 A

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There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god.
~J. B. S. Haldane

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My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel, or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.
~J. B. S. Haldane

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7/27/16 11:03 A

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I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
~J. B. S. Haldane

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7/25/16 10:31 A

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“Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.”
~ Ambrose Bierce

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“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”
~ Ambrose Bierce

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“Heathen, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something he can see and feel.”
~ Ambrose Bierce

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"Another practice that isn't science is embracing ignorance. Yet it's fundamental to the philosophy of intelligent design: I don't know what this is ... So it must be the product of a higher intelligence."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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7/24/16 10:26 A

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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
~Susan B. Anthony


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7/24/16 10:25 A

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An oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household... carries discord and rebellion into every home of the nation.
~Susan B. Anthony


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7/24/16 10:21 A

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The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man.
~Susan B. Anthony
[EDITORIAL: but not if religion or the religious continue to preside over our governments - BTW SBA lived from 1820-1906, she'd in all likelihood, be disappointed in how far we haven't come]

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7/22/16 7:49 A

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“I don't know how you feel, but I'm pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.”
~ George Carlin

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7/22/16 7:46 A

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“Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.”
~ George Carlin

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“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
~ George Carlin

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7/22/16 7:43 A

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“Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
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But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!”

~ George Carlin

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7/22/16 7:41 A

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"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you really don't have to do anything. Just let them talk."
~Barack Obama

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"States rights is always code for taking away rights."
~Bill Maher

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“They knew that to put God in the constitution was to put man out. They knew that the recognition of a Deity would be seized upon by fanatics and zealots as a pretext for destroying the liberty of thought. They knew the terrible history of the church too well to place in her keeping or in the keeping of her God the sacred rights of man. They intended that all should have the right to worship or not to worship that our laws should make no distinction on account of creed. They intended to found and frame a government for man and for man alone. They wished to preserve the individuality of all to prevent the few from governing the many and the many from persecuting and destroying the few.”
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

an important speaker that has successfully been expunged from THEIR version of American history

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"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away all this artificial scaffolding...

{Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823}"
~ Thomas Jefferson (Letters of Thomas Jefferson)
[EDITORIAL] Is it any wonder that the radical revisionist religionists that control our school systems have tried to expunge Jefferson from THEIR version of American history?

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"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.

[Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]"
~ James Madison

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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
~ Carl Sagan

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7/20/16 7:20 A

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"Teaching kids to pray to solve problems creates adults who can't solve problems."
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Carl Sagan makes a few suggestions about the "tools" a skeptic should keep ready in their Baloney Detection Kit. These are not merely measures to identify bad arguments, but constructive ideas about how to come up with better alternatives:

.Seek independent confirmation of alleged facts.
.Encourage an open debate about the issue and the available evidence.
."In science, there are no authorities. At most, there are experts."
.Come up with a variety of competing hypotheses explaining a given outcome. Considering many different explanations will lower the risk of confirmation bias.
.Don't get too attached to your own ideas, lest you get reluctant to reject them even in the face of evidence to the contrary.
.Quantify whenever possible, allowing for easier comparisons between hypotheses' relative explanatory power.
.Every step in an argument must be logically sound; a single weak link can doom the entire chain.
.When the evidence is inconclusive, use Occam's Razor to discriminate between hypotheses.
.Pay attention to falsifiability. Science does not concern itself with unfalsifiable propositions.

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George Bush, within a week of this [the 9/11 attacks], gave us a speech, attempting to distinguish 'we' from 'they' … and how does he do it?.... He says "Our god" — of course it’s actually the same God — but that's a detail, lets hold that minor fact aside for the moment. Allah of the muslims is the same God as the God of the Old Testament so he says … "Our God is the God who named the stars" … Here's the problem with his comment … The problem is: two-thirds of all stars that have names, have Arabic names. I don't think he knew this. That would confound the point that he was making.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The other thing people don't realise about science which differentiates it from religion is that, the most exciting thing about being a scientist is not knowing and being wrong. Because that means there is a lot left to learn.
~Lawrence M. Krauss

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The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, without God, what’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero. The fact that these people think that if they didn’t have this person watching over them that they would go on killing, raping rampages is the most self-damning thing I can imagine. I don't want to do that. Right now, without any god, I don't want to jump across this table and strangle you. I have no desire to strangle you. I have no desire to flip you over and rape you.
~Penn Jillette

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"If you have to lie to prove what you believe, then what you believe is a lie." .
- Frater Ravus

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"If money could be made in not believing in god, you'd see millions and millions of born-again atheists."
- Baron von Knifty

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What I have discovered in 20 years of studying the universe, from here to there to everywhere, is that the universe is complicated, and when things happen, it is almost never like ‘A happened and therefore B’. No, A happened and therefore B, C, D and E, but then there is this thing F, and that had a 10% effect, and that prompted G to go back and tip over A, and it is always like this – everything is interconnected. And so a lot of these far-right fundamentalist religion people, and a lot of these people who are anti-global warming, anti-evolution, anti-science, what they do is they take advantage of the fact that things are complicated, and their lives are based on things being simple – if we do this, then this will happen – if we invade Iraq, we will be treated as liberators, if we pray, then good things will happen, and this stuff is wrong. But we have a culture where people are brought up to believe in simplicity, and if A then B. And so when you point out that scientists say the earth is warming, but we had a really devastating winter this year, then these people will say “oh, obviously global warming is wrong”. No, global warming can cause worse winters locally. It’s complicated. But people don’t want to hear “it’s complicated”, and boy, the conspiracy theorists and anti-scientists take full advantage of that.
~Phil Plait

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"Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us."
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"There are two competing trends in the world today: one is to create a planetary civilization that is tolerant, scientific, and prosperous, but the other glorifies anarchy and ignorance that could rip the fabric of our society."
~ Michio Kaku

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“A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.”
~ Arthur C. Clarke

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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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“As hatred is defined as intense dislike, what is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion, if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?”
~ Rowan Atkinson

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"Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham. Mark Twain described his mother as a genuinely good person, whose soft heart pitied even Satan, but who had no doubt about the legitimacy of slavery, because in years of living in antebellum Missouri she had never heard any sermon opposing slavery, but only countless sermons preaching that slavery was God's will.

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
~ Steven Weinberg

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"The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!"
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"I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact."
~ Philip Plait

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“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
~ Lawrence M. Krauss

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"Whenever people have used religious documents to make accurate predictions about our base knowledge of the physical world, they have been famously wrong."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"In some ways, the sources available to the critic are wider and fuller than those available to the believer, the dogmatician, the apologist, for the former
risks looking into literary sources that the New Testament evangelists may have used. Since this implies the fictive character of at least some gospel elements, believers will not go venturing down those particular paths."
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“Christians claim their faith gave rise to modern science even though the Bible literally contains talk of a six-day creation, a three-tired universe, a worldwide flood let loose from the firmament above, nine-hundred-year-old men, talking snakes and donkeys, a sun that stood still, and a hell in the deepest parts of the earth, and they still want to claim their faith gave rise to science?”
~ John W. Loftus

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7/16/16 7:44 A

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"Creationism, perhaps the most pernicious of the intellectual perversions now afflicting the American public."
- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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7/16/16 7:42 A

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"So god can make a universe over 28 billion light years across containing billions of stars and planets just so a few apes on one single, insignificant world can worship him... but he can't be bothered to help a starving baby?"
- Godfrey Zoan

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7/15/16 9:09 A

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Creationists, William Lane Craig and all manner of non-rationalists like to disparage their opponents or bolster their own arguments by pointing out the lack of probability of something happening. Out of all the possibilities, they say, this one is the one that occurred - how fantastically unlikely and amazingly miraculous! It is simply impossible to believe that it just happened by chance!

But improbable things happen all the time, because "improbability" is an illusion based on our preconceptions. Often it has nothing to do with statistical truth. The trouble is that we can't grasp the difference between (a) "This particular improbable pattern of lottery numbers came up on this particular day in this particular lottery" and (b) "Some improbable pattern of lottery numbers came up sometime in the last five years somewhere in the world."

In short: "improbability" does not imply "impossibility."
~rational wiki

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"Some theists say scientists are "playing god" but I don't see any scientists deliberately making babies that will die of cancer before they can even walk." .
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If the devil is meant to be the opposite of god, he must hate slavery, murder, child abuse, sexism and rape. Sounds alright!
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7/14/16 12:50 P

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“You do not have to worship god to be good and you certainly do not have to be good to worship god.”
~ Chris Decker

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7/14/16 12:42 P

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“God must have a weird sense of values, and if there’s a Judgment Day, as some folks think, He’s going to have a lot to answer for.”
~Philip Appleman

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“If by some bizarre chance there turns out to be a god [...], I'm willing to bet he's an atheist too.”
~ Salman Rushdie

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A Moral Act is one that decreases individual human suffering and/or betters societal well-being, justice, freedom, and equality.

An Immoral Act is one that increases individual human suffering and is a detriment to societal well-being, justice, freedom, and equality.

A Sinful Act is one that defies or violates religious doctrine of "God's will", whether that act is moral or not.

Calling something "sinful" gives absolutely no moral weight to it because it disconnects the thought or action from any real human condition. Millions of people who "live in sin" are in fact moral. Millions of others use "God's Will" to perpetuate gross immoral behavior.

So stop worrying about being a "sinner". It has no bearing on whether or not you're a good person.

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"Religion is the biggest joke humankind has ever played on itself."
- Jaws007

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"Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived."
- Issac Asimov

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7/13/16 10:19 A

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“One of the reasons God did not make a lover for Himself when He made one for Adam is because He knew that fewer people would take Him seriously once He had an ex.”
~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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“Nonetheless, it still remains true that as a set of cognitive beliefs, religious doctrines constitute a speculative hypothesis of an extremely low order of probability.”
~ Sidney Hook

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“However modest one may be in one's demand for intellectual cleanliness, one cannot help feeling, when coming into contact with the New Testament, a kind of inexpressible discomfiture: for the unchecked impudence with which the least qualified want to raise their voice on the greatest problems, and even claim to be judges of things, surpasses all measure. The shameless levity with which the most intractable problems (life, world, God, purpose of life) are spoken of, as if they were not problems at all but simply things that these little bigots KNEW!”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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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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“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
~ Richard Dawkins

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“In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”
~ Sam Harris

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“The president of the United States (bushy) has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
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