Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 | Posted by: Hedonist

How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc.
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Or even from not so famous ones!

"Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your god, show me in how much you love all his children." ~ Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ

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“In the melting pot called America, we are one nation under the Constitution…but not one nation under God. Given how the religious right opposes the teaching of evolution or any scientific and social view that conflicts with a literal interpretation of the Bible, we are really becoming one nation undereducated. And that is not an American value to be proud of.”~ Herb Silverman

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"We never hold religion up to standards of reasonableness. If we did, what religion could pass? Christian Scientists won't go to the doctor. Jehovah's Witnesses forbid singing the national anthem and buying Girl Scout cookies. Radical Islamists blow themselves up to meet virgins in heaven. The Hindus have their cow. People believe in all kinds of things. It is their right to do so under the First Amendment.

"And I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of this freedom of religion thing ... When did religion get such a good name, anyway? Be it the Crusades, the Reformation genocides, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, mass slaughters supposedly in the name of Allah, and then, of course, the obligatory reciprocal retribution.

"Hundreds of millions of people have died in religious conflicts. Hitler did his business in the name of his Creator. 9/11 was an act of religious extremism. It's our greatest threat today - a Holy Jihad.

"If we're not ready to strip religion of its sacred cow status, how 'bout we at least scale back a little on the constitutional dogma exalting it as all get-out?...

"Everybody should get to believe in God. Pray to his God, worship his God - of course. But to impose him on others, to victimize others in His Name, the Founding Fathers of this country set out to prevent persecution, not to license it.

"At a certain point, we have to say,'Enough with this freedom of religion crap.' Yuck. Yuck, yuck." ~ Alan Shore, partner, "Law Offices of Crane, Poole, & Schmidt" (Boston Legal)

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"Religion prevents our children from having a rational education; religion prevents us from removing the fundamental causes of war; religion prevents us from teaching the ethic of scientific cooperation in place of the old fierce doctrines of sin and punishment. It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion." ~ Bertrand Russell

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"Faith is believing what you know ain't so."
- Mark Twain

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"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me -- it's the parts that I do understand." ~ Mark Twain

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“The object of Christ was to teach his followers how to die, rather than to instruct them how to live.... In Spain religion is cruel oppression, in Scotland it is a gloomy nightmare, in Rome it is priestly dominion, while in England it is simply emotional pastime. All these different phases of Christianity indicate that theological opinions depend on surrounding circumstances, and cannot therefore be the cause of the civilisation of the world.”
— Charles Watts in an essay titled “Christianity, Its Nature and Influence on Civilisation,” 1868
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There are no differences between the witch doctor and the priest, the spell casters, ministers, clergy and bone chunkers, they are those to whom power has been granted and whose pockets are lined, as they act as man's liaisons to the gods.~ L J Lilly

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"No child of mine is going to suffer while some fat, sanctimonious preacher (with soft hands) takes my hard earned money for blowing hot air." DebJ's dad

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An atheist doesn't say "There is no god", an atheist says "I'm am not the one who claims there is".

Theist: in possession of a positive claim.
A-theist: not ^ that guy, no claim!

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Reason Personified wrote:
An atheist doesn't say "There is no god", an atheist says "I'm am not the one who claims there is".
Theist: in possession of a positive claim.
A-theist: not ^ that guy, no claim!
I say there is no god. Until there's evidence that 1) its possible 2) There's hard evidence.

Until then there's no god, just like there's no santa, angels or souls.

That's a fact, until some more facts come along and disprove them.

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But I don't speak for anyone except me, so atheists can go around nodding and smiling at all the proven lies they are told about god for eternity, makes no difference to the fact that god isn't real and we have proof.

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-Skeptic- wrote:
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I say there is no god. Until there's evidence that 1) its possible 2) There's hard evidence. Until then there's no god, just like there's no santa, angels or souls. That's a fact, until some more facts come along and disprove them....But I don't speak for anyone except me, so atheists can go around nodding and smiling at all the proven lies they are told about god for eternity, makes no difference to the fact that god isn't real and we have proof.
spam. Read the title of this thread.

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"The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history." ~ Robert A. Heinlein

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“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.” ~ John F. Kennedy speaking to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association

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"If you're not religious but you hate gay people, then you're considered a homophobe, but if you are religious and you hate gay people then you're simply expressing your sincere faith and demand not to be condemned for it."

(Ian O'Doherty, Irish Independent)

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"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?

This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings."

&#8213; Richard Dawkins

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"The countries in the world that are the most fundamentalist and religious, and/or those whose identity is most religion-based, are the world's greatest troublemakers. Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Vatican City and the state of Israel come to mind".

(Frank Schaeffer, OpEd News)
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Or even from not so famous ones!
"Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your god, show me in how much you love all his children." ~ Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ
thanks to you and others on this thread, after olympics are over, I look forward to reading it carefully. maybe even getting a printout.

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"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being"

[Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith]

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