Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

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“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#42 Aug 13, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
“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
Herb Silverman! I've heard of him. He was the officiant at the wedding of the daughter of a friend last April.

"Some days the best thing you can say about God is that he doesn't exist." ~ Dr. Herb Silverman

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#43 Aug 13, 2012
”It is wrong for a secular government to promote prayer. We think the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. What if the president declared a National Day of Cursing God because He failed us on September 11? Americans would say, "You've overstepped your authority." That's how we feel when he promotes prayer.”– Dan Barker

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Fennario

#44 Aug 13, 2012
MINISTERS WONDER HOW I CAN BE WICKED ENOUGH TO ATTACK THE BIBLE. Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

"I will tell them:

"This book, the Bible, has persecuted, even unto death, the wisest and the best. This book stayed and stopped the onward movement of the human race. This book poisoned the fountains of learning and misdirected the energies of man.

"This book is the enemy of freedom, the support of slavery. This book sowed the seeds of hatred in families and nations, fed the flames of war, and impoverished the world.

"This book is the breastwork of kings and tyrants -- the enslaver of women and children. This book has corrupted parliaments and courts. This book has made colleges and universities the teachers of error and the haters of science.

"This book has filled Christendom with hateful, cruel, ignorant and warring sects. This book taught men to kill their fellows for religion's sake.

"This book funded the Inquisition, invented the instruments of torture, built the dungeons in which the good and loving languished, forged the chains that rusted in their flesh, erected the scaffolds whereon they died. This book piled fagots about the feet of the just. This book drove reason from the minds of millions and filled the asylums with the insane.

"This book has caused fathers and mothers to shed the blood of their babes. This book was the auction block on which the slave-mother stood when she was sold from her child. This book filled the sails of the slave-trader and made merchandise of human flesh.

"This book lighted the fires that burned "witches" and "wizards."

"This book filled the darkness with ghouls and ghosts, and the bodies of men and women with devils. This book polluted the souls of men with the infamous dogma of eternal pain. This book made credulity the greatest of virtues, and investigation the greatest of crimes.

"This book filled nations with hermits, monks and nuns -- with the pious and the useless. This book placed the ignorant and unclean saint above the philosopher and philanthropist.

"This book taught man to despise the joys of this life, that he might be happy in another -- to waste this world for the sake of the next.

"I attack this book because it is the enemy of human liberty -- the greatest obstruction across the highway of human progress.

"Let me ask the ministers one question: How can you be wicked enough to defend this book?"

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#45 Aug 13, 2012
“The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature” - Alfred North Whitehead

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Fennario

#46 Aug 13, 2012
”Just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality." – Sam Harris

"Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says,“Well, that’s not how I choose to think about water.・ All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn’t share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?" — Sam Harris

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#47 Aug 13, 2012
What, after all, is religion?

It is fear.

Fear builds the altar and offers the sacrifice.

Fear erects the cathedral and bows the head of man in worship.

Fear bends the knees and utters the prayer.

Fear pretends to love.

Religion teaches the slave-virtues -- obedience, humility, self-denial, forgiveness, non-resistance.

Lips, religious and fearful, tremblingly repeat this passage: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him." This is the abyss of degradation.

Religion does not teach self-reliance, independence, manliness, courage, self-defence. Religion makes God a master and man his serf. The master cannot be great enough to make slavery sweet.

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

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Fennario

#48 Aug 13, 2012
"I don't think we're here for anything, we're just products of evolution. You can say 'Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose' but I'm anticipating a good lunch." ~James Watson

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#49 Aug 13, 2012
“Trying to find God is a good deal like looking for money one has lost in a dream.・- Lemuel K Washburn

“A believer is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there, and he finds it.・– anon.

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#50 Aug 13, 2012
"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated." - Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Fennario

#51 Aug 13, 2012
And why is faith considered some kind of virtue? Is it because it implies a certain depth of contemplation and insight? I don't think so. Faith, by definition, is unexamined. So in that sense it has to be among the shallowest of experiences. Yet, if it could, it would regulate every action, word and thought of every single person on this planet, because, let's not forget, even an impure thought is a sin." - Pat Condell

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#52 Aug 13, 2012
"Faith-peddlers like to put themselves beyond question by claiming that their faith transcends reason, the very thing that calls it to account. How convenient. Yes, faith transcends reason the way a criminal transcends the law." - Pat Condell

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#53 Aug 13, 2012
"I think there's something very evil about faith, where faith means believing in something in the absence of evidence, and actually taking pride in believing in something in the absence of evidence. And the reason that's dangerous is that it justifies essentially anything." - Richard Dawkind

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#54 Aug 13, 2012
“Fundamental Christianity with its defilement of self-image, unwavering demand for obedience to authority, and sole reliance on faith diminishes the individual by eating away at the heart of human dignity. It entraps its followers by obliquely instilling in them a sense of powerlessness under the guise of salvation, and it holds them fast to the fold through intimidation of the soul. It teaches that misery and sin constitute the bedrock of personality and that the only way to liberation is to accept this thought as truth and to cry out for forgiveness for having been born. It entreats its followers to abandon logic and to stop thinking altogether—the ultimate form of control.

"These distorted messages are delivered and accepted by those who frame their reality and their character with the tools of fear and guilt, and in each generation these messages spread like a virus, infecting the vulnerable. We can only hope for the apparent solution that one day their tools will crumble.”- Joseph R. Kiefer II

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#55 Aug 13, 2012
“Religion. It’s given hope in a world torn apart by religion.”– Jon Stewart

“I’ve done everything the Bible says — even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!”– Ned Flanders

“I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me, Superman”– Homer Simpson

“Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church”– Unknown

"When I look up at the night sky and think about the billions of stars out there, I think to myself: I'm amazing." - Peter Serafinowicz

“And Mary and Joseph rode their dinosaurs into Bethlehem where a stork was waiting with Baby Jesus who was conceived through abstinence and wishing on a star, and that’s how we got Christmas”–? Sarah Palin

“I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence”-Doug McLeod

"If the basic constants of fundamental physical laws were even slightly different, lesbian sex could not exist. Ergo, God exists, and He is a bro who likes to watch women get it on." - Blake Stacey

“Remember, Jesus would rather constantly shame gays than let orphans have a family.”- Steven Colbert

“George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.”– Sam Harris

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#56 Aug 13, 2012
"Religion allows perfectly sane people to believe, en masse, things that only lunatics believe in isolation. We don't respect stupidity. We systematically respect religious stupidity." ~ Sam Harris

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#57 Aug 13, 2012
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”~ Dan Barker

“The longer I have been an atheist, the more amazed I am that I ever believed Christian notions.”~ Dan Barker

“To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance.”~ Dan Barker

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#58 Aug 13, 2012
“We are hard-wired to need answers. The problem is, when we don’t find a logical answer, we settle for a stupid one. Religion is what happens when we run out of rational.”~ Dr. Gregory House, M.D., 11/22/10

“The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit.”~ Richard Pryor

“Religion is the one place where people are honored for their ignorance.”~ Ignots Pistachio

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#59 Aug 13, 2012
”You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say God is love, they will claim that *you* are taking things out of context!”– Dan Barker

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#60 Aug 13, 2012
”Look at the posture of prayer. It is the posture of slavery, of bowing before your master. We are a proudly rebellious country. We kicked out the master. Now here comes the government telling us to humbly bow again.”– Dan Barker

“Religion teaches the slave-virtues -- obedience, humility, self-denial, forgiveness, non-resistance."- Robert Green Ingersol,

“Life may be sweeter for this”

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Fennario

#61 Aug 13, 2012
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence." -Bertrand Russell

"The word brain is not mentioned in the Christian Bible, Old Testament or New" - anon.

”The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it.”- Mark Twain

"They were allowed to stay there on one condition, and that is that they didn't eat of the tree of knowledge. That has been the condition of the Christian church from then until now. They haven't eaten as yet, as a rule they do not." - Clarence Darrow

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense and understanding. Whatever it sees must be put out of sight with nothing but the word of god remaining in view.- To be a christian, you must pluck out the eye of reason." - Martin Luther

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