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"Todays UNIX command: "EXSOP" = Execute System Operator."
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"My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them." [Abraham Lincoln, letter to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln]
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Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood thetheory nor the problem which it was intended to solve." [Karl Popper]
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"When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." -- Benjamin Franklin
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"The moment you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change." -- Marilee Zdenek
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"Whenever religion is involved, terrorists kill more people." [Dr. Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University, Scotland]
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"If you pray hard enough, you can make water run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!" [Robert A. Heinlein]
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In cocktail lounge: "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar."
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"When you know the LORD you have no need for masturbation." [Brice Wellington, net.fundie.idiot]
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"Reason should be destroyed in all Christians." -- Martin Luther
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"A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." --- Frederick Nietzsche (1844-1900)
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"When confronted with a demand that the universe have a cause, infidels have usually pointed out that God was not much of an explanation. This is true enough, but not really a positive argument. After mechanistic explanation became popular, infidels liked to restrict causality to the chain of causes in an eternal material universe, pointing out that no supernatural cause was then necessary. Plausible, but still rather defensive. Today's skeptic can do better. In all likelihood, the universe is uncaused. It is random. _It just is._" Taner Edis, Is Anybody Out There?
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"The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious." [John Stuart Mill]
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"Father says bow your head, Like the Good Book says. I think the Good Book is missing some pages..." [Tori Amos]
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"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." -- Thomas Jefferson
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"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man." -- Thomas Jefferson, to Jeremiah Moor, 1800
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"Marge, have you ever actually sat down and read this thing? Technically, we're not even allowed to go to the bathroom." [Priest on "The Simpson's"]
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In cocktail lounge: "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar."
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"And lo, Jesus did say unto the soldiers 'Not the OTHER hand. Ow shit, that hurts! You assholes!' " [2 Kinison 3:45]
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"The major religions on the Earth contradict each other left and right. You can't all be correct. And what if all of you are wrong? It's a possibility, you know. You must care about the truth, right? Well, the way to winnow through all the differing contentions is to be skeptical. I'm not any more skeptical about your religious beliefs than I am about every new scientific idea I hear about. But in my line of work, they're called hypotheses, not inspiration and not revelation." -- Dr. Arroway Dr. Arroway in Carl Sagan's Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 162.

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