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1639 "It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." [Mark Twain]

342 "Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it." -- John Adams

2565 "The Catholic textbooks go so far as to state that oaths of office taken by the President, Congressmen, Governor, judge, etc. if the person be a Catholic must be taken with the mental restriction that his upholding of the Constitution and laws is subject to their non-conflict with the laws of the Catholic Church." [Emmet McLoughlins, "American Culture and Catholic Schools", p.56]

154 "So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake.... Religion is all bunk." -- Thomas Alva Edison

2025 "'God works in many ways his wonders to perform.' But He's not a skillful mechanic. A man drives over a cliff and 'by a miracle' he only breaks his back. It would be more divine if he were a better driver and stayed on the road." [Paul Goodman]

971 "There are none more ignorant and useless, then they that seek answers on their knees, with their eyes closed."

1654 "With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2376 "Priestesses should be burnt at the stake because they are assuming powers they have no right to. In the medieval world that was called sorcery. The way of dealing with sorcerers was to burn them at the stake. It's illegal now but if I had my way that is what would happen to them. In medieval times, I would burn the bloody bitches." [Church of England vicar Rev. Anthony Kennedy, March 9,1994 as reported in the Times, regarding female CofE priests]

3062 "Walnut Creek. The movement to grant California families credit toward private tuition just got some unexpected support -- a coven of witches who plan to open their own school if the program passes. ...Proponents say a school based on their religion is as valid as any church school." [San Francisco Examiner, 18 July 1993]

2414 "The Church has through the centuries, understood that ideas are really more dangerous than other weapons. Their use should be restricted." [Francis J. Lally, American Roman Catholic Monsignor, Mike Wallace Interview, Fund for the Republic, 1958]

2138 "Don't tell me God works in mysterious ways. There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about- a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverance can you have for a Supreme being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation? What in the world was going through that warped, evil, scatalogical mind of His when He robbed old people of the ability to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain....

Who created the dangers? Oh, He was really being charitable to us when He gave us pain! Why couldn't He have used a doorbell instead to notify us, or one of His celestial choirs? Or a system of red and blue neon tubes right in the middle of each person's forehead?....

They certainly look beautiful now, writhing in agony or stupified with morphine, don't they? What a colossal, immortal blunderer! When you consider the opportunity and power He had to really do a job and then look at the stupid, ugly little mess He made of it instead, His sheer incompetence is almost staggering. It's obvious He never met a payroll. Why,no self-respecting businessman would hire a bungler like Him as even a shipping clerk!" [Yossarian to Lt. Scheisskopf's wife, _Catch-22_, Joseph Heller]

1958 "To no form of religion is woman indebted for one impulse of freedom..." [Susan B. Anthony]

3342 "What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears." [Alice Walker, "The Temple of My Familiar"]

2637 "The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians." [H.L. Mencken]

2513 "In many countries there are particular places to which devils more especially resort. In Prussia there is an infinite number of evil spirits." [Martin Luther]

3102 "..that freedom of the press is one of the greatest evils threatening modern society. Freedom of the press was universally one of the most pernicious of the evils of the day." [Cardinal Pedro Segura, NY Herald Tribune, 12/5/52]

1599 "One final snag in the 'Bible only' view is this: the Bible itself teaches that moral truths are revealed outside the Scriptures." C. Stephen Layman, The Shape of the Good: Christian Reflections on the Fondation of Ethics (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 1991), p. 42.

3677 "God is a divider, not a uniter."

229 "I went to a planet where the dominant lifeform had no bilateral symmetry, and all I got was this stupid F-Shirt."

1679 "Any belief worth having must survive doubt."


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