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"No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism."
– Annie Wood Besant

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7/8/14 2:51 P

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"I have no high maintenance items in my house. No pets. No plants. No husbands."
-Carolyn Porco, astrophysicist, planetary scientist

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7/8/14 7:22 A

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Dear FSM, please protect me while I sleep,
For a holy book I do not keep.
And if I shall be burned at cross or stake,
Both heaven and hell, I forsake.

RAmen.

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7/7/14 7:40 A

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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 of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.”― George Bernard Shaw

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7/6/14 9:27 A

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"Religion is like Professional Wrestling.
Everybody knows is fake, but it's fun to pretend it's real."-- Doug Parr

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7/5/14 4:50 P

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“If you can provide even a shred of credible evidence in support of your superstition, I’ll gladly give it the consideration it deserves. Until that time though, I’ll continue doing as I have been, giving it exactly the consideration it deserves.”
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7/5/14 7:29 A

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“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”
― David Hume

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7/3/14 9:00 A

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"Every fact is an enemy of the Church."-- Robert Green Ingersoll

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7/2/14 6:47 A

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The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
--Richard Dawkins


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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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6/30/14 8:32 A

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"The whole fabric of our religion is based on superstitious belief in lies that have been foisted upon us for ages by those directly above us, to whose personal profit and aggrandizement it was to have us continue to believe as they wished us to believe." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

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6/29/14 6:29 A

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If anyone has to go to jail for rock-n-roll, it may as well be me.

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6/28/14 12:09 P

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The only difference between science and fooling around is in science you write it down.
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"It seems to be true, particularly in middle America, that those most militant about using up fossil fuels, don't actually believe in fossils"
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6/27/14 5:48 P

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"Doesn't the fact you can convert from one religion to another show the falsity of them all?"
-- Jeremy Painting

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6/26/14 8:47 A

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"When you wipe away the fog of faith, the world comes into focus"--Unknown

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"But I am mistaken in speaking of a Christian republic; the terms are mutually exclusive. Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not much mind: this short life counts for too little in their eyes.” —Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Religion was invented when the 1st con man met the 1st fool.
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"To be a spiritually passionate atheist is to be awakened to the universe in a way that no other traditional religion allows."-- Lindsay Giberson

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“All three Abrahamic religions share the myth of Adam and Eve, the myth that it was through woman that evil was let loose in the world. They share the heritage of Leviticus, which declared a menstruating woman unclean, to be set aside, untouched, a revulsion that remains even today among some orthodox Jews, who will refuse to shake a woman's hand for fear she may be menstruating. What kind of lunacy is this? It is the lunacy of a Bronze Age mindset fossilized by the reactionary forces of religion.”

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"Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith. Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge."
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The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
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“Although not a single leader of the Third Reich – not even Hitler himself – was ever excommunicated, Galileo was not absolved of heresy until 1992.”

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Teaching is, and will always be lying by different degrees of approximation.
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
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"The church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down."
--Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

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The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
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"The problem with religion, because its been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation." - Sam Harris

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"The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community."
--President James A. Garfield


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I'm pretty sure that we'd all be willing to die for the future of mankind if we knew we'd be living again three days later and receive eternal fame for it, so what's the big fuss about?

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"If the all powerful God controls Satan, he is an accomplice, if not, he is not all powerful."
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To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.
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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.”
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If homosexuals had a book that declared that Christians should be stoned to death, how long before it would be labeled hate speech?

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hi Alex...nice quote.

"I find myself more willing to help people as an atheist than I did as a Christian. I realized that having a god gave me a cop out. I could say a prayer and feel better about not giving five dollars to the struggling mother who needs some extra gas in her car. Now, I act because action does more than prayer."-- Natasha Allie Evans

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Once one dismisses the rest of all possible worlds,
One finds that this is the best of all possible worlds.

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They say the religion of your fathers is good enough. Why should a father object to your inventing a better plow than he had? They say to me, do you know more than all the theologians dead? Being a perfectly modest man I say I think I do. Now we have come to the conclusion that every man has a right to think. Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.
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“Asking, ‘If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?’ is like asking, ‘If there is no master, whose slave will I be?’ If your purpose of life is to submit as a slave, then your meaning comes from flattering the ego of a person whom you should detest.” - Dan Barker

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"Appraise the Lord: Tax church property."
-- bumper sticker

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"Yes I understand that you're a good god fearing conservative christian, and that my anti-religious left wing posts offend you and your god, and yes you think I should refrain from this wickedness.... I think you should pray for me to stop."-- Ignots Pistachio

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"When an Atheist performs a selfless act of kindness, it is because he is capable of selflessly kind behavior. When a believer performs an act of kindness, it is not because he is selfless, or even kind - it is because he doesn't want to go to hell when he dies. My question to believers is simply this - do they think that an omnipotent and omniscient being won't realize that?"--Anonymous

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"Fear was the first thing on Earth to create gods."
-Lucretius, 99 bce

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If religious people really believed atheists had no morals and we just murder anyone we want, they would be afraid to say that about us! - Emery Emery

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“People who devote their lives to studying something often come to believe that the object of their fascination is the key to understanding everything” - Jonathan Haidt

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Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
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There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.
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"Given the gaps in science, and given the elasticity of religious thinking, it will always be possible to reconcile the most gratuitous nonsense with our modern scientific worldview. This is not the same thing as having scientific reasons to believe in God." - Sam Harris

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"All enlightened debunkers must bear this cross: to be ever open to honest nuttiness while ruthlessly exposing the frauds, yet to be accused by all opponents (however falsely) of being the pawn for an oppressive establishment trying to hide tumultuous truths from a thirsting public."

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Whatever you do, don't read the Bible for a moral code. It advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition, and murder. Read it because we need more atheists, and nothing will get you there faster than reading the damn Bible.
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16”

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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason
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“After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”
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“Religion blinds, deafens, and numbs us to the reality around us and though this may temporarily soothe our anxieties, like drugs or alcohol, there is a painful price to be paid down the road for such cowardly denial and self-defeating ignorance. Not only can we be both well and good without God, we can be better.”

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Just for one moment let's imagine that there IS a god. Not the one that's mentioned in any of the holy writings but a practical god. And his sole aim is to sort the gullible from the astute. --Anthony W. Allsop

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“Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.” - Carl Sagan

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If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
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Anyone who criticises Islam publicly can expect to be threatened with physical violence. If that's not terrorism, then what is it? In the world of the cultural terrorist, if you oppose the oppression of women and minorities, you're an enemy of religious freedom; if you despise violent superstition, you're a racist; and if you reject religious totalitarianism, you have a mental illness. Let me tell you something, when you get to the stage where anyone criticising your beliefs is automatically deemed to have a mental illness, that is a sure sign of mental illness.
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I think religion is utter nonsense, and I claim the right to criticise [sic], ridicule and insult it as much as I like, but not the right to stamp out harmless aspects of it; which is why I'm a secularist, and not a totalitarian. I have a copy of the Bible in my house because it's part of my cultural heritage, not because I think the Bible is true any more than I think Shakespeare's plays are true, but I wouldn't be without them either. I like churches, especially the sound of church bells, and I don't want to see them bulldozed, but I do want to see the power of the Church not only bulldozed, but ground into a fine dust and buried in the deepest part of the deepest ocean on the furthest planet it's possible to find. Religion needs to be kept in check when it tries to step on people or when it tries to elbow its way into their lives uninvited.
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They say the religion of your fathers is good enough. Why should a father object to your inventing a better plow than he had? They say to me, do you know more than all the theologians dead? Being a perfectly modest man I say I think I do. Now we have come to the conclusion that every man has a right to think. Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.
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"I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation's attention from the rest of the service."
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'A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence skepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone.'
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“The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence.” - William Harwood

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“Play hard, work hard, love hard. . . .The bottom line for me is to live life to the fullest in the here-and-now instead of a hoped-for hereafter, and make every day count in some meaningful way and do something—no matter how small it is—to make the world a better place.”
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“We find now that the prosperity of nations has depended, not upon their religion, not upon the goodness or providence of some god, but on soil and climate and commerce, upon the ingenuity, industry, and courage of the people, upon the development of the mind, on the spread of education, on the liberty of thought and action; and that in this mighty panorama of national life, reason has built and superstition has destroyed.”

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"If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call in question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it -- the life of that man is one long sin against mankind."
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“The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame.”

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You don't see faith healers working in hospitals for the same reason you don't see psychic winning the lottery.

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It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.
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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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If you want to turn out an atheist child, unconditional love constantly is a good way to do it.
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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! ..But He loves you. --George Carlin

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Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.
Religion is answers that may never be questioned.

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"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven."
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The words of the powerful may prevail in other spheres of human
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"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?"
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"Hey, let's get serious... God knows what he's doin' He wrote this book here And the book says: 'He made us all to be just like Him', So... If we're dumb... Then God is dumb... (And maybe even a little ugly on the side)"
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I learn that ten percent of all the world's species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harnessing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent?

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Some things I think are very conservative, or very liberal. I think when someone falls into one category for everything, I’m very suspicious. It doesn’t make sense to me that you’d have the same solution to every issue.
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"Yahweh: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unplesant 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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"The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science … We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organized ignorance …"
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“Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around”
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“What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it's true for you, why isn't it true for them? Why are you different? If you say "I believe there's an all-powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart," then it's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.”
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I am not even an atheist so much as I am an antitheist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief is positively harmful. Reviewing the false claims of religion, I do not wish, as some sentimental materialists affect to wish, that they were true. I do not envy believers their faith. I am relieved to think that the whole story is a sinister fairy tale; life would be miserable if what the faithful affirmed was actually the case.

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“Today we can find any number of societies where the majority has freely abandoned religion and God. Far from being dens of iniquity, these societies are the happiest, safest, and most successful in the world.”

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"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
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"I came-- though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents -- to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve." - Albert Einstein

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“My point is, however, that churches do promote beliefs that would more appropriately find a place in a context of intellectual debate. They wind up cheerleading for highly dubious opinions on historical, scientific, and metaphysical matters, simply on the bases of emotional preference and the inertia of tradition. They demand conformity to these beliefs, and if you cannot swim with the current, then, well partner, maybe you'd be happier in another pool, another lake in fact, the one ablaze with burning sulfur.”
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When one person suffers from delusion, It is called insanity. When many people suffer
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IGNORANCE IS A CHOICE!!


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4/20/14 8:23 A

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“MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
― Christopher Hitchens

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4/19/14 9:33 A

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“The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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4/12/14 9:54 A

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“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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4/11/14 1:56 P

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Religious people do amazing intellectual calisthenics
to allow themselves to escape the realities of a book
that they rarely bother to even read.
- Emery Emery

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4/10/14 8:47 P

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For too long we've been told about "us" and "them." Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that "they" are the problem, not "us." But there can be no "them" in America. There's only us.

--BILL CLINTON


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