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3062 "Now that he did so well in Iowa, The Reverend Pat Robertson doesn't want to be called a 'former television evangelist' anymore. He told NBC's Tom Brokaw in no uncertain terms that such a 'slur' was the height of 'religious bigotry. And he's right. Who'd want their sister to marry a television evangelist? But how shall we ace newsmen describe him instead? I've given the matter a great deal of thought, and I think the fairest to all concerned is 'former hemorrhoid healer.' This refers, of course, to the former hemorrhoid healer's celebrated, videotaped sermon to his congregation back in 1981, when he cried: 'Satan has gone! God has just healed somebody! A hernia has been healed! Several people are being healed of hemorrhoids and varicose veins! People with flat feet! God is doing just great things to you!' ... 'Former hurricane deflector' struck me as macho, and most voters would probably like a president who could deflect hurricanes. But Hurricane Gloria, which he deflected back in 1985 to save his broadcasting station in Virginia Beach, slammed into Long Island and Boston instead, doing $320 million worth of damage." [Arthur Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 February 1988]

2655 "The cosmos is a gigantic fly wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride." [H.L. Mencken]

197 "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived." -- Isaac Asimov

2733 "No matter how old we become, we can still call them [i.e., the super- dominant beings] 'Holy Mother' and 'Father' and put a child-like trust in them (or their agents, who often adopt similar titles for themselves)." [Desmond Morris, "Religious Displays," _Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behaviour_, 1977, Abrams, New York]

109 "Vista EULA 4.7: TCPA / RIAA / NGSCP / AACS / WGA VIOLATION. Palladium detected driver tilt-bit changes and Linux VM activity. HD scan in progress to document and report driver/kernel logs, unapproved activities, and disallowed content. Revocation clause invoked. Submit an explanation, and request an application for a probationary key to reactivate MS's software at 1-525-4.#..8@"

1082 "Public prayer...Don't Stand for it!"

1536 "Thus no clear criteria of evidence, logic, or certainty separate religion even from its supposed antithesis, science. Instead, they are separated most sharply by their attitude toward anthropomorphism: science tries to avoid it, while religion takes it as foundation." Stewart Guthrie, Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 196.

3433 "The cross people carry to-day is made of gold or set with diamonds." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]

2739 "The only Bible-honoring conclusion is, of course, that Genesis 1-11 is actual historical truth, regardless of any scientific or chronological problems thereby entailed."

[Dr Henry Morris, President ICR, 1972]

3108 "People who feel themselves to be exiles in this world are mightily inclined to believe themselves citizens of another." [George Santayana]

1840 Trinity -- a three for one sale on deities

1378 "The fundamental defect of Christian ethics consists in the fact that it labels certain classes of acts 'sins' and others 'virtue' on grounds that have nothing to do with their social consequences." Bertrand Russell, The Quotable Bertrand Russell (ed. Lee Eisler, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1993), p. 118.

3068 "The entertainment company headed by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson agreed yesterday to buy Dorothy Hamill's Ice Capades, the skating road show rescued last year by the Olympic gold medalist. International Family Entertainment Inc., which owns the Family Channel cable network, declined to disclose how much it paid for the show and related assets owned by the figure skater and her husband, physician Kenneth Forsythe. The deal expands International Family's interests in live entertainment while providing a new source of material for programs that can be shown on broadcast or cable television here or abroad and on home video. International Family launched a live entertainment division last year with its purchase of three theaters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where it produces live musical variety shows. 'This agreement will add another facet to our company's philosophy of supplying high-quality, family-oriented entertainment and programming to America and the world,' said Tim Robertson, chief executive and president. His father Pat is chairman of International Family Entertainment." [San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 1994 (AP)]

3575 "Let us start a new religion with one commandment, 'Enjoy thyself.'" [Israel Zangwill]

600 "The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in Heaven for cash down." -- R.G. Ingersoll

758 "I'll pull the trigger if you don't do what I say. I'm just warning you because I LOVE you and would hate to have to blow your brains out." -- "God"

1854 Atheism makes sense for America

419 "The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence." -- Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

2424 "Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis." [Astronomer Pierre Simon Laplace's response to Napoleon's inquiry as to why he did not mention God in his book _Mecanique celeste_ In 1995, Stephen Jay Gould wrote an essay for the _Natural History_ magazine where he says that this story probably is not true]

2837 "Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea." [Madelyn O'Hair]


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