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2641 "What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer: he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an imaginary hell." [H. L. Mencken, "Minority Reports"]

638 "I'm still out looking for myself. If you should see me, don't let me leave until I get back, OK?"

857 "A once-in-a-lifetime chance comes only once or twice in a lifetime." -- Archie Bunker

1235 "God does not exist if Big Bang cosmology, or some relevantly similar theory, is true. If this cosmology is true, our universe exists without cause and without explanation. There are numerous possible universes, and there is possibly no universe at all, and there is no reason why this one is actual rather than some other one or none at all. Now the theistically alleged human need for a reason for existence, and other alleged needs, are unsatisfied. But I suggest that humans do or can possess a deeper level of experience than such anthropocentric despairs. We can forget about ourselves for a moment and open ourselves up to the startling impingement of reality itself. We can let ourselves become profoundly astonished by the fact that this universe exists at all." Quentin Smith in William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith, Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) ,p. 216.

3611 "Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system." -- Thomas Paine

3688 "While most Americans believe that getting rid of religion is an impossible goal, much of the developed world has already accomplished it. Any account of a ”god gene“ that causes the majority of Americans to helplessly organize their lives around ancient works of religious fiction must explain why so many inhabitants of other First World societies apparently lack such a gene. The level of atheism throughout the rest of the developed world refutes any argument that religion is somehow a moral necessity. Countries like Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom are among the least religious societies on Earth. According to the United Nations’ Human Development Report (2005) they are also the healthiest, as indicated by measures of life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate and infant mortality. Conversely, the 50 nations now ranked lowest in terms of human development are unwaveringly religious." --Sam Harris (An Atheist Manifesto)

681 "Don't worry.No matter how fast your processor is, software engineers/game writers are working as we speak to slow it down;-)"

410 "In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other nonexaminers, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." -- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

3216 The popes, like Jesus, are conceived by their mothers through the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. All popes are a certain species of man-gods, for the purpose of being the better able to conduct the functions of mediator between God and mankind. All powers in Heaven, as well as on earth, are given to them." [Pope Stephanus V, 9th century]

865 "I shall respect your beliefs, if you can justify them. If you justify them only by saying you have faith in them, I shall not respect them" -- Richard Dakwins

2748 "I want nothing to do with religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth and ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized, on this earth, capable of becoming true man, master of his fate and captain of his soul. To attain this, I would put priests to work, also, and turn the temples into schools." [Jawaharlal Nehru]

2865 "The community which does not protect its humblest and most hated member in the free utterance of his opinions, no matter how false or hateful, is only a gang of slaves. If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack." [Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), American abolitionist, speech, 1863]

2513 "..Christ and his word can hardly be recognized because of the great vermin of human ordinances. However, let this suffice for the time being on their lies against doctrine or faith." [Martin Luther,"On the Jews and Their Lies",1543]

3195 "Like my parents, I have never been a regular church member or churchgoer. It doesn't seem plausible to me that there is the kind of God who watches over human affairs, listens to prayers, and tries to guide people to follow His precepts -- there is just too much misery and cruelty for that. On the other hand, I respect and envy the people who get inspiration from their religions."[Benjamin Spock]

3216 The popes, like Jesus, are conceived by their mothers through the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. All popes are a certain species of man-gods, for the purpose of being the better able to conduct the functions of mediator between God and mankind. All powers in Heaven, as well as on earth, are given to them." [Pope Stephanus V, 9th century]

3225 "For those of us who have not believed, it is not expected to be very jolly." [David Stoll, "Fishers of Men or Founders of Empire?"]

301 "Religion is for those who don't have faith in themselves."

2853 "A pleasant justice, that, which a river or a mountain limits. Truth on this side of the Pyrenees, may be heresy on the other!" [Blaise Pascal, Pensees]

744 "Sin: A system devised by the sadistic to manipulate the brainless"

566 "The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment sent of Heaven, tried, condemned and sentenced. Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man's bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire...Here is the Bible position of women briefly summed up." -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


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