2758 "Almighty God, dear heavenly Father. In Thy name let us now, in pious spirit, begin our instruction. Enlighten us, teach us all truth, strengthen us in all that is good, lead us not into temptation, deliver us from all evil in order that, as good human beings, we may faithfully perform our duties and thereby, in time and eternity, be made truly happy. Amen." [Mandatory secondary school prayer in Nazi Germany in the 1930s, from July-August 1995 issue of Liberty: A Magazine of Religious Freedom, published by the North American Division of the Seventh- day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland]
3642 "A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand." -- Bertrand Russell
3763 "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere." - Groucho Marx
1552 "Whatever good you would do out of fear of punishment, or hope of reward hereafter, the Atheist would do simply because it is good; and being so, he would receive the far surer and more certain reward, springing from well-doing, which would constitute his pleasure, and promote his happiness." Ernestine L. Rose, "A Defence of Atheism" (1878, Women Without Superstition ed. Annie Laurie Gaylor, Madison, WI: FFRF, 1997), p. 85.
2977 "I've always thought that, if we did not have supernatural explanations for all the things we might not understand right away, this is the way we would be, like the people on that planet. [ST:TNG "Who Watches the Watchers"] I was born into a supernatural world in which all my people -my family- usually said "That is because God willed it," or gave other supernatural explanations for whatever happened. When you confront those statements on their own, they just don't make sense. They are clearly wrong. You need a certain amount of proof to accept anything, and that proof was not forthcoming to support those statements." [Gene Roddenberry]
2832 "Whoever did this (burn down the Margaret Sanger Center) is a hero. I think they are heroes. The Bible commands us to rescue those being dragged to death." [Nancy O'Brien, Co-Director Project Jericho, 2/23/87]
1161 "Ignorance is the mother of devotion." -- Dean Henry Cole
1878 It's your god. They're your rules. *You* go to hell.
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)]
2762 "The applications of science are inevitable and unavoidable for all countries and peoples today. But something more than its application is necessary. It is the scientific approach, the adverturous and yet critical temper of science, the search for the truth and new knowledge, the refusal to accept anything without testing and trial, the capacity to change previous conclusions in the face of new evidence, the reliance on observed fact and not on preconceived theory, the hard discipline of the mind all this is necessary, not merely for the application of science but for life itself and the solution of its many problems." [Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India]
1149 "Irreligion: The principal one of the great faiths of the world." -- Ambrose Bierce
1300 "The theistic hypothesis does not differentially explain specific phenomena in the way that successful scientific theories do: it does not explain why we have these phenomena rather than others." J.L. Mackie, The Miracle of Theism (New York: Oxford University Press), p. 138.
2353 "The Roman Catholic church, convinced that it is the only true church, must demand the right to freedom for herself alone and the end of freedom for all others." [Jesuit publication]
3543 "I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability." [Oscar Wilde]
1532 "It is difficult to imagine evolutionists signing a comparable statement, that they will never deviate from the literal text of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The non-scientific nature of creation-science is evident for all to see, as is also its religious nature." Michael Ruse, But Is It Science? (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1996) p. 360.
2467 "I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and by religious men who are certain they represent the Divine will. ... I hope it will not be irreverent in me to say, that if it be probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me." [Abraham Lincoln. Chapter 14 of Part 5 of *Six Historic Americans* by John Ramsburg]
1896 A slippery day in the Bible: When Balam went through Jerusalem on his ass.
1936 "Not only is God dead, but just try to find a plumber on weekends." [Woody Allen]
232 "When utensils were invented, the Catholic church condemned them."