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“I’m an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation.”
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“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”--Voltaire

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Satan hasn't a single salaried helper; the Opposition employ a million.
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Supreme Court Justice David Davis: "He [Lincoln] had no faith, in the Christian sense of the term-- he had faith in laws, principles, causes and effects."


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"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."
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"Priests and prostitutes have a lot in common. Both professions sell the illusion of love and acceptance to anyone willing to pay for it."-- Erik WP

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"We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication ."

~Thomas Jefferson

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I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.

~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789

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Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
~Thomas Jefferson


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Socrates was smart...though I wouldn't want to live in Plato's (his student) republic (nominally a Socratic dialog).

ON TOPIC:
I insist that no religion should be taught in any school supported by public money; and by religion I mean superstition. Only that should be taught in a school that somebody can learn and that somebody can know. In my judgment, every church should be taxed precisely the same as other property. The church may claim that it is one of the instruments of civilization and therefore should be exempt. If you exempt that which is useful, you exempt every trade and every profession. In my judgment, theatres have done more to civilize mankind than churches; that is to say, theatres have done something to civilize mankind -- churches nothing. The effect of all superstition has been to render men barbarous. I do not believe in the civilizing effects of falsehood.


To exempt the church from taxation is to pay a part of the priest's salary.
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Socrates knew that he did not know. That in itself is not a bad thing. I guess if one tries to delude themselves is when it becomes a negative.

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Let me whisper in all your ears: Infidelity is not dying -- it is growing -- it increases every day. And what does that prove? lt proves that the people are learning more and more -- that they are advancing -- that the mind is getting free, and that the race is being civilized.

The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know.
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This, at least, is encouraging. I feel like religion is encroaching even more in our country, but that could be because I moved to Florida ... and a conservative county at that.

This is in reference to the Van Arsdale quote.

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Deicide, is a victimless crime.
-seen on the internet

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So your god gave you free will did he? ....that's nice ....now tell me again how he'll punish you for all eternity if you don't listen to him
~Winston Barendse

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Atheism is on the rise, religion is entering it's death throes. It doesn't surprise me the religious are louder, more hateful and more violent. Religion will not go out with quiet dignity. Religion will go out kicking and screaming like a child who didn't get the toy it wanted.
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By no definition of any modern scientist is intelligent design science, and it's a waste of our students' time to subject them to it.
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"All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant,
useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher."
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I beg of you not to pollute the soul of childhood, not to furrow the cheeks of mothers, by preaching a creed that should be shrieked in a madhouse. Do not make the cradle as terrible as the coffin. Preach, I pray you, the gospel of Intellectual Hospitality -- the liberty of thought and speech. Take from loving hearts the awful fear. Have mercy on your fellow-men. Do not drive to madness the mothers whose tears are falling on the pallid faces of those who died in unbelief. Pity the erring, wayward, suffering, weeping world. Do not proclaim as "tidings of great joy" that an Infinite Spider is weaving webs to catch the souls of men.


I beg, I implore, I beseech you, never to give another dollar to build a church in which that lie is preached. Never give another cent to send a missionary with his mouth stuffed with that falsehood to a foreign land. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

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It is a real shame that this man (Ingersoll) has been (nearly) expunged from our historical record by those who disagree with his observations. The guilty parties will, no doubt, do the same with Mark Twain, given time...and they have already started on Thomas Jefferson, for similar reasons.
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The trouble with most people is, they bow to what is called authority; they have a certain reverence for the old because it is old. They think a man is better for being dead, especially if he has been dead a long time. They think the fathers of their nation were the greatest and best of all mankind. All these things they implicitly believe because it is popular and patriotic, and because they were told so when they were very small, and remember distinctly of hearing mother read it out of a book.

It is hard to over-estimate the influence of early training in the direction of superstition. You first teach children that a certain book is true -- that it was written by God himself -- that to question its truth is a sin, that to deny it is a crime, and that should they die without believing that book they will be forever damned without benefit of clergy. The consequence is, that long before they read that book, they believe it to be true. When they do read it their minds are wholly unfitted to investigate its claims. They accept it as a matter of course.
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People often claim to hunger for truth,
but seldom like the taste when it's served up.
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Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.
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When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance. . . . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind. . . . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. . . . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful. . . . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don't think I'll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.

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“To all of organized religion’s self-appointed apologists who feign righteous indignation, and ask why we’re so mean to people who are for the most part kind individuals who try to do good in this world: until such time as your cohorts stop trying to influence school curricula, public policy, and the law of the land, you will continue to feel our wrath, and richly deserve it.”—4th Admin.

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People are entitled to their opinions, but when the opinion is in disagreement with the data -- with the facts -- when that opinion does not stand up under critical or rational scrutiny, I think we have a right to point that out. We shouldn't be stepping on anybody's toes when we do that. If they're going to be spouting off nonsense, then we should say that -- not as a matter of opinion, but as a matter of scientific fact. When someone says science says something, and science doesn't say something ("It doesn't say that! That's a misrepresentation of what science says."), then I think we can state that. And if it ruffles some feathers, so what? I just don't see the basis for arguing that creationism has equal standing with evolution.
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"When the churches literally ruled society, the human drama encompassed:
(a) slavery
(b) the cruel subjection of women
(c) the most savage forms of legal punishment
(d) the absurd belief that kings ruled by divine right
(e) the daily imposition of physical abuse
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(g) as well as assorted pogroms ('ethnic cleansing' wars) between rival religions, capital punishment for literally hundreds of offences, and countless other daily imposed moral outrages. . . . [I]t was the free-thinking, challenging work by people of conscience, who almost invariably had to defy the religious and political status quo of their times, that brought us out of such darkness"
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You must remember, also, one other thing. Christ never wrote a solitary word of the New Testament -- not one word. There is an account that he once stooped and wrote something in the sand, but that has not been preserved. He never told anybody to write a word. He never said: "Matthew, remember this. Mark, do not forget to put that down. Luke, be sure that in your gospel you have this. John, do not forget it." Not one word. And it has always seemed to me that a being coming from another world, with a message of infinite importance to mankind, should at least have verified that message by his own signature. Is it not wonderful that not one word was written by Christ? Is it not strange that he gave no order to have his words preserved -- words upon which hung the salvation of a world?
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Of the future I have no fear. My fate is the fate of the world -- of all that live. My anxieties are about this life, this world. About the phantoms called gods and their impossible hells, I have no care, no fear.

I now in the presence of death affirm and reaffirm the truth of all that I have said against the superstitions of the world. I would say at least that much on the subject with my last breath.
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"Religion is nostalgia for a past that never was."-- Tony Houston

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"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done." - Amelia Earhart

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"Thank you for taking the time to write to me about your anti-abortion stance. While I cannot support policies that jeopardize the health and stability of women and their families, there are many measures I do support that are proven to quickly enhance the well-being of women, and to significantly reduce abortion. These proven pro-family, pro-woman initiatives include: promoting sexually healthy, knowledgeable and responsible communities beginning in our K-12 schools; expanding public supported family planning services including universally accessible birth control for all women; and strengthening government empowerment programs for low-income women and their children. I look forward to working with you to promote policies like these that support our families, and that quickly, safely and dramatically reduce abortions."

-- Atheist Congressional Candidate James Woods in response to a letter from pro-life group NPLA asking for his support.

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Now we know that all tribes and nations have had some kind of religion; that they have believed in the existence of good and evil beings, spirits or powers, that could be softened by gifts or prayer. Now we know that at the foundation of every religion, of all worship, is the pale and bloodless face of fear. Now we know that all religions and all sacred books have been naturally produced -- all born of ignorance, fear and cunning.
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“Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955

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After all, the real question is not whether the Bible is inspired, but whether it is true. If it is true, it does not need to be inspired. If it is true, it makes no difference whether it was written by a man or a god. The multiplication table is just as useful, just as true as though God had arranged the figures himself. If the Bible is really true, the claim of inspiration need not be urged; and if it is not true, its inspiration can hardly be established. As a matter of fact, the truth does not need to be inspired. Nothing needs inspiration except a falsehood or a mistake. Where truth ends, where probability stops, inspiration begins. A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth does not need the assistance of miracle. A fact will fit every other fact in the Universe, because it is the product of all other facts. A lie will fit nothing except another lie made for the express purpose of fitting it.
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“When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance.”
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“I do remember looking at my headmaster delivering a sermon, a classicist, extremely clever, and thinking, he can't really believe all that, can he? How incredible!”

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“Faith is an insertion of absolute conviction that is assumed without reason and is defended against all reason.”
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Praying has become a business, a profession, a trade. A
minister is never happier than when praying in public. Most of them
are exceedingly familiar with their God. Knowing that he knows
everything, they tell him the needs of the nation and the desires
of the people, they advise him what to do and when to do it. They
appeal to his pride, asking him to do certain things for his own
glory. They often pray for the impossible. In the House of
Representatives in Washington I once heard a chaplain pray for what
he must have known was impossible. Without a change of countenance,
without a smile, with a face solemn as a sepulchre, he said: "I
pray thee, O God, to give Congress wisdom." It may be that
ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be
that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

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A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.
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In a little while religion will take its place with astrology, with the black art, and its ministers will take rank with magicians and sleight-of-hand performers. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

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"While science is trying to find a cure for cancer, religion is trying to find a cure for homosexuality."
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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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"Your God isn't real, He's not moral, The Bible isn't moral, Islam isn't moral, none of these religious systems... anything that deteriorates the value of human beings, anything that hangs on to bronze-age ideals about genocide and slavery and murder and deference to higher powers. None of those things are moral, we've graduated beyond that, and I'm sorry that we've had to drag religions kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but some of you gotta let this stuff go, you're not gonna get anywhere until you realize that it's ok not to be afraid, it's ok to say “you know, I think slavery is wrong. I think slavery was probably always wrong, and yeah it does sound like a crappy system"." --Matt Dillahunty

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"People ask what's the harm of religion - and we cite all these different problems with religion: the global gag-rules, the oppression of different people - but there's a bigger harm with religion, and it's the reason why I'm outspoken about it, and that's because the average person who is decent and kind and loving and good to their family and generally a good person to be around has polluted their mind to the point where they are unable to take credit for their accomplishments and responsibility for their actions, they are unable to interact on an inner-personal level with the people around them, to build a community in this cooperative society where that is absolute essential, they have got this mentality that they are worthless without God."
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“We either base our 'confidence' on reason (evident probabilities, past experience, competence, etc) or we base our beliefs on faith, which is blind by definition. Faith is the most dishonest position it is possible to have, because it is an assertion of stoic conviction that is assumed without reason and defended against all reason. If you have to believe it on faith, you have no reason to believe it at all.”
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"Atheists don't want religions to have exemptions under the law, and why should we? It's not our demographic that has the most divorce, the most chemical dependency, domestic violence, criminal convictions, or even abortion. The only thing we might have more of are diplomas."
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"Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-woman, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason and anti-science. The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind but to the earth. It is time now for reason, education and science to take over."— Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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"If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to GIRLS sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such."
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"What a terribly abusive and inferior coward the christian god is to throw all blame upon women."-- Ignots Pistachio

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"The King James version of the New Testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the Church of England.

There were (and still are) no original texts to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down hundreds of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8000 of these old manuscripts, with no two alike.

The king james translators used none of these, anyway. Instead, they edited previous translations to create a version their king and parliament would approve.

So, 21st Century Christians believe the "Word of God" is a book edited in the 17th Century from 16th Century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st century."

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“I hope that every [person] at one point in their life has the opportunity to have something that is at the heart of their being, something so central to their being that if they lose it they won’t feel they’re human anymore, to be proved wrong because that’s the liberation that science provides. The realization that to assume the truth, to assume the answer before you ask the questions leads you nowhere.”
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"There is no reason for believing that any sort of gods exist, and quite good reasons for believing that they do not exist and never have. It has all been a gigantic waste of time and a waste of life. It would be a joke of cosmic proportions if it weren't so tragic."— Richard Dawkins

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"Prayer is like masturbation. It feels good to the person doing it, and does nothing for the person they're thinking about"--Don Baker

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“The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history."
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"Being an Atheist has made me an active participant in my life, rather than a bleating victim of it."--B Moody

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"Projecting ultimate knowledge, morality, and purpose onto an external authority is an apt description of religious thinking. It also describes--equally well--the failure to thrive as an adult."-- Tony Houston

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"Our past may not have been built upon Atheism, or lack of religion, but our future surely depends on it."-- Rafael Garcia

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"Faith isn't a virtue, it's the glorification of voluntary ignorance"-- unknown —

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"Christians only think they all worship the same god. In reality, each individual worships his or her own projection of what they believe God should be."-- Matt Comeaux

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Stated very simply, I face reality and admit that not only isn’t there anyone at home upstairs, there isn’t even any upstairs. I have one life and I intend to make the most of it. Therefore it follows naturally that if I firmly believe this, why then I cannot deprive another person of their turn at existence. Only the very self-assured political and religious zealots kill people in order to save them.

- Harry Harrison, "The Stainless Steel Rat For President."

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"Nobody actually believes in heaven. If you did, you would not be so upset when someone you love dies or when you get diagnosed with a terminal condition. You do get upset though, because deep down, we all know this is the only guaranteed life."--Marc Adamek

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"Atheists are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority."~ Amanda Marcotte

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"Religion is always having to say you're sorry."-- Tony Houston

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"I've always thought of religion simply as a way for the primitive cultures who came before us to explain phenomena that we now know has a scientific cause. Ancient cultures had no way of knowing exactly how a tornado formed, so surely it must have been the wrath of some deity acting in retribution for an imagined slight. The fact that religion still exists in this age of enlightenment is nothing short of embarrassing."--Justin McGlosson

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Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.
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To understand is to unbelieve. --Corey Milks

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The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
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Every man to whom salvation is offered has an inalienable natural right to say 'No, thank you: I prefer to retain my full moral responsibility: it is not good for me to be able to load a scapegoat with my sins: I should be less careful how I committed them if I knew they would cost me nothing.'”
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“Religion is such a medieval idea. Don’t get me started. I have thought about every facet of religion and I can’t buy any of it.”

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There's no difference between fame and infamy now. There's a new school of professional famous people that don't do anything. They don't create anything.
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I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
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I'm happy every day that I have a shadow.
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Beliefs don't change facts. Facts, if you are rational, should change your beliefs.
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"It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively
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“We either base our 'confidence' on reason (evident probabilities, past experience, competence, etc) or we base our beliefs on faith, which is blind by definition. Faith is the most dishonest position it is possible to have, because it is an assertion of stoic conviction that is assumed without reason and defended against all reason. If you have to believe it on faith, you have no reason to believe it at all.”
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“What one believes happens after death dictates much of what one believes about life, and this is why faith-based religion, in presuming to fill in the blanks in our knowledge of the hereafter, does such heavy lifting for those who fall under its power. A single proposition – you will not die – once believed, determines a response to life that would be otherwise unthinkable.”
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