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145 "The government ought to stay out of the prayer business." -- Jimmy Carter

2270 "This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves." [Robert G. Ingersoll]

2827 "Atheists are now here to stay. We are ready to take over the culture and move it ahead for the benefit of all mankind. 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 O'Hair, "Atheists: The Last Minority"]

1440 "I neither affirmed nor denied descent with modification. I said I have no opinion." David Berlinski in "Resolved: That evolutionists should acknowledge creation" _Firing Line_, 4 December 1997, p. 48.

1873 May theists be shaved with Ockham's Razor!

1920 "Who made who?" [AC/DC]

883 "If the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body then left-handed people are the only ones in their right minds!"

3655 "The history of almost every civilization furnishes examples of geographical expansion coinciding with deterioration in quality." -- Arnold Toynbee

2320 "When a man really believes that it is necessary to do a certain thing to be happy forever, or that a certain belief is necessary to ensure eternal joy, there is in that man no spirit of concession. He divides the whole world into saints and sinners, into believers and unbelievers, into God's sheep and Devil's goats, into people who will be glorified and people who are damned." [Robert Ingersoll, "Some Reasons Why"]

563 "Timeout Error. Operator fell asleep waiting for the system to boot."

2080 "Remember that millions of Christians still base their belief in a God upon the words of the Bible, which is a collection of the most flabbergasting fictions ever imagined -- by men, too, who had lawless but very poor and crude imagination. Ingersoll and numerous other critics have shot the Christian holy book full of holes. It is worthless and proves nothing concerning the existence of a God. The idea of a God is worthless and unprovable." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Meaning Of Atheism"]

987 "Why has a religious turn of mind always a tendency to narrow and harden the heart?" -- Robert Burns

375 "If we assume that man does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder." -- H. L. Mencken "Ad Imaginem Dei Creavit Illum" (1922)

1988 "I feel that nothing so casts down the manly mind from it's height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state." [St. Augustine, De Trinitate 7.7]

1893 Moses: the self-proclaimed meekest of all men even though he allegedly spoke face to face with God and gave us the so-called Ten Commandments (though they aren't really ten in number); the man who wrote (or edited) the account of his own death and burial; the man who -- according to himself -- was God's spokesperson in the same way that Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, -- and a parcel of others -- claim to speak for God.

1306 "Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender." Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist (Madison, WI: FFRF, 1992), p. 103.

1757 "Martyrs have been sincere. And so have tyrants. Wise men have been sincere. And so have fools." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, In Social Life"]

3219 "The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact." [Leslie Stephen, "Essays on Freethinking and Plainspeaking" (1905)]

960 "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." -- Dan Barker

3087 "Two recent surveys rate the United States at the top among Western nations in belief in God and at the bottom among six major countries in school kids' understanding of science and math. This could be dismissed as chance, but it shouldn't be. While our economic competitors' schools are teaching students advanced math and science, many of our schools are wasting energy debating whether to teach evolution or creationism, which maintains that God created the universe over a six-day period about 6,000 years ago." [Bill Mandel, San Francisco Examiner, 12 February 1989]


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