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"God, Invisible Pink Unicorns, belly button lint from a one-eyed giant, they're all equally acceptable answers."
"The name of Christ has caused more persecutions, wars, and miseries than any other name has caused. The darkest wrongs are still inspired by it." -- John E. Remsburg
"It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence." W. K. Clifford, "The Ethics of Belief" An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism (ed. Gordon Stein, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1980), p. 282.
"The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted." [Ira Glasser, Exec. Dir.of ACLU, 1995]
"I draw my warrant from the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to hold the slave in bondage." [Rev. Thomas Witherspoon, Presbyterian, of Alabama]
"If there were no ministers and no priests, how long would there be any churches?" [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_, 1911]
"I maintain that some Jew wrote it [the Book of James] who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any." [Martin Luther]
"I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders." -- Robert G. Ingersoll
Two hands working do more than a thousand clasped in prayer
"Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth." Thomas Jefferson
"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." -- Pierre Abelard
"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
"I can't activate two neurons simultaneously, and I vote" -- The theistic majority
"The Greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." -- Sir William Osler
"Let Catholic writers take care when defending the cause of the proletariat and the poor not to use language calculated to inspire among the people aversion to the upper classes of society." [Pope Pius X, letter to the bishopsof Italy, 18 December 1903]
"Everywhere the voice of those who preach death is heard; and the earth if full of those to whom one must preach death. Or, "eternal life"---that is the same to me, if only they pass away quickly." [Nietzsche, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"]
"The fruits of Christianity were religious wars, butcheries, crusades, inquisitions, extermination of the natives in America, and the introduction of African slaves in their place." -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
"I am arguing that if we are not justified in believing that no reason would justify God in allowing the brutal rape and murder, then we are not justified in believing that no reason would justify the onlooker for allowing the same act." Bruce Russell, "Defenseless" The Evidential Argument from Evil (ed. Daniel Howard-Snyder, Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996), p. 198.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick
"What do you care what other people think, Mr. Feynman?"