"Only by the most tortured exegesis and in the most tenuous theologizing can anything resembling an anti-abortion position be ripped from the scripture.... If there are good reasons for opposing abortion on demand, and there may be, then these must be found outside the Bible." [Delos B. McKown, "What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?", Free Inquiry]
"...and now we're down to our last $37,000." "But just last week you said you were down to your last $50,000, what happened to $13,000 since then?" "Uh...um...I don't know." [Tammy Fae Bakker]
Christian: I'll pray for you. Atheist: Then I'll think for both of us.
"The major contribution of Protestant thought to the knowledge of mankind is its massive proof that God is a bore." [H.L. Mencken]
"Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ." -- Heine
"I turned to speak to God About the world's despair; But to make bad matters worse I found God wasn't there." -- Robert Frost (1874-1963)
"If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function, it must have dissent." -- Henry Steele
"There is no justifiable Christianity in this age." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]
A "pay per" might be a coin-operated cat simulator.
"Beliefs, including religious ones, are learned. Which makes atheism a normal state of affairs and religious beliefs a learned "abnormality". No psychological theory is necessary to explain the causes of a normal base state. Any psychological theory of learning, attitude change or socialisation can explain the causes of religious belief." [Rosemary Lyndall, clinical Neuro-psychologist]
"Some people miss the message because they are too busy checking the spelling." - NW
"Why should the residence of a preacher be untaxed? Useful citizens must pay taxes on their homes. Yet the Preacher -- actually and notoriously the least useful member of the community -- lives in a tax-free dwelling." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, In Social Life"]
"Religion is sort of like a lift in your shoes. If it makes you feel better, fine. Just don't ask me to wear your shoes." -- George Carlin
"I think that naming your ignorance God and pretending that, having named it. you have converted ignorance to knowledge is a sorry approach to the unknown."
"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." [Galileo Galilei]
"The Devil...clutched hold of the miserable young man...and flew off with him through the ceiling, since which time nothing has been heard of [him]." [Martin Luther]
"Scientific hypotheses are always tentative; they are designed to be held only so long as they conform to the evidence. Proponents of the theistic hypothesis, on the other hand, are already sure that their hypothesis is correct; the only seek evidence to buttress a foregone conclusion." Keith Parsons, "Is There a Case for Christian Theism?" Does God Exist? (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1991), p. 190.
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." [Mark Twain]
"Don't take our word for it. Read the Bible itself. Read the statements of preachers. And you will understand that God is the most desperate character, the worst villain in all fiction." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Meaning Of Atheism"]