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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“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1020 Oct 12, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>I'm more prone to advocate the removal of stoopid comments like yours. "Thou shalt not kill" makes more sense than "Thou canst kill people who don't believe".
.... but both are acceptable, especially when you consult the bible as to how to treat non believers. It is the secular laws that have forced the buybull thumper to lay down his weapons of death, which he would be happy to use against his fellow man.

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#1021 Oct 12, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>I understand his point of view- pity facts don't bsck him up. It makes you athiests crow when I cannot post proof of God's existence, yet his position of giving away America is perfectly acceptable to you. I had a better response than this, but my wifi is being temperamental and I'm not going to change this again.
Huh? How does your deity fit into migration, politics and imagined communities?

Anyways, don't feel bad about not having any evidence to support your religious belief system. None of the other religions do, either.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1022 Oct 12, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>.... but both are acceptable, especially when you consult the bible as to how to treat non believers. It is the secular laws that have forced the buybull thumper to lay down his weapons of death, which he would be happy to use against his fellow man.
Psst- once again, we're allowed to think for ourselves. Jesus' teaching said NOTHING in regards to your insinuations. You can stop postng as if I'm incapable of thinking for myself. All these quotes you keep posting, none of them are your own thoughts and I've yet to quote scripture to you- sooooo, who's incapable of thinking for themselves, hmmmmmm?????

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#1023 Oct 13, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Jesus' teaching said NOTHING
Correct, now all you need is some evidence that jesus was a real person.

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#1024 Oct 13, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
Where do borders come from? What is nationality? What is citizenship?
When you understand the above more deeply, you'll understand Catcher's profoundly important point.
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>I understand his point of view- pity facts don't bsck him up. It makes you athiests crow when I cannot post proof of God's existence, yet his position of giving away America is perfectly acceptable to you. I had a better response than this, but my wifi is being temperamental and I'm not going to change this again.
So...you ignored all the questions, pretend to have "facts" that you don't bother linking to, oddly talk about atheism though it's unrelated to this discussion and believe that America should be shored up and saved for ... who? People born there?

I don't think you understand why you have immigrants. I don't think you understand America's absolute necessary foundation of immigration. I don't think you understand how economics works.

But, whatever, stop immigration into your country - if you don't mind changing the balance of power in the world, that is. And if you don't mind rising food costs.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1025 Oct 13, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Psst- once again, we're allowed to think for ourselves. Jesus' teaching said NOTHING in regards to your insinuations. You can stop postng as if I'm incapable of thinking for myself. All these quotes you keep posting, none of them are your own thoughts and I've yet to quote scripture to you- sooooo, who's incapable of thinking for themselves, hmmmmmm?????
You!

You are not allowed to think for yourself. Have you not read the buybull? Thinking for yourself, would imply that you are a non believer. But whether you are, or aren't the buybull god classifies thinking for yourself, as sin.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1026 Oct 13, 2012
“... if anyone in this audience believes that God made his body, and your body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer.”
— Comedian Lenny Bruce, born on Oct. 13, 1925. D. 1966. San Francisco Jazz Workshop, Oct. 4, 1961

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1027 Oct 13, 2012
“Religion is declining, with no better proof than I am here today. Two hundred years ago, I would have been burned at the stake. What was considered heresay [sic] by our fathers is tolerated now. The hell that frightened us in childhood has vanished into space. Heaven is not in our geographies. Therefore, we see the old faiths loosing their hold on the human mind.”
— James Fergus, speech for the Society of Montana Pioneers, 1885

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1028 Oct 13, 2012
“... the religion of one age is, as a rule, the literary entertainment of the next...”
— Fridtjof Nansen, "Science and the Purpose of Life." Speech published by the Rationalist Press Association, 1909, cited by A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1029 Oct 13, 2012
“It took me years, but letting go of religion has been the most profound wake up of my life. I feel I now look at the world not as a child, but as an adult. I see what's bad and it's really bad. But I also see what is beautiful, what is wonderful. And I feel so deeply appreciative that I am alive. How dare the religious use the term 'born again.' That truly describes freethinkers who've thrown off the shackles of religion so much better!”
— Quote submitted by Julia Sweeney. For more about Julia Sweeney, go to "Freethought Comedienne of the Year"

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1030 Oct 13, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>
<quoted text>
So...you ignored all the questions, pretend to have "facts" that you don't bother linking to, oddly talk about atheism though it's unrelated to this discussion and believe that America should be shored up and saved for ... who? People born there?
I don't think you understand why you have immigrants. I don't think you understand America's absolute necessary foundation of immigration. I don't think you understand how economics works.
But, whatever, stop immigration into your country - if you don't mind changing the balance of power in the world, that is. And if you don't mind rising food costs.
Too easy. Now you're aruing for the sake of arguing. I undertand immigration and it's neccesity. My s-p-e-c-f-i-c point concerned i-l-l-e-g-a-l immigration, big difference. Less than 4% of illegals work in agriculture (GAO), while 33% of federal prisoners are illegals (Bureau of Prisons). We already import a sizeable amount of food from Central America. PS- only 26% of illegals are employed (GAO).

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#1031 Oct 13, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Psst- once again, we're allowed to think for ourselves. Jesus' teaching said NOTHING in regards to your insinuations. You can stop postng as if I'm incapable of thinking for myself. All these quotes you keep posting, none of them are your own thoughts and I've yet to quote scripture to you- sooooo, who's incapable of thinking for themselves, hmmmmmm?????
That may be partly a matter of interpretation. Although the Bible does not have Jesus saying "Kill the infidel", It does have his "father" endorsing that idea. And it has Jesus saying "if you have seen me, you have seen the father". And yes, I know, you follow the teachings of Jesus, but you have not addressed my previous post about Jesus' dad being a bit rough around the edges.
KittenKoder

Seven Hills, Australia

#1032 Oct 13, 2012
"My bum hurts! That's the last time I try to cash a check at a gay bank, especially if it's in my back pocket!" - Amused

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1033 Oct 13, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
That may be partly a matter of interpretation. Although the Bible does not have Jesus saying "Kill the infidel", It does have his "father" endorsing that idea. And it has Jesus saying "if you have seen me, you have seen the father". And yes, I know, you follow the teachings of Jesus, but you have not addressed my previous post about Jesus' dad being a bit rough around the edges.
True, but that is the music we dance to. God is God and what He says and does, goes. If things don't suit you or I, you have your ways of dealing with it, laying blame or trying to puzzle it out. My first thought with something unacceptable is, "Thy will be done". THEN I follow thru.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#1034 Oct 13, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>True, but that is the music we dance to. God is God and what He says and does, goes. If things don't suit you or I, you have your ways of dealing with it, laying blame or trying to puzzle it out. My first thought with something unacceptable is, "Thy will be done". THEN I follow thru.
To me, that mindset is so sad. I don't even know where to begin.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1035 Oct 13, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
To me, that mindset is so sad. I don't even know where to begin.
Tough toenails. It has no effect on my work performance- otherwise, I wouldn't be where I am today- actually, once I realized the Truth, I am more focused and success oriented than previous and I daresay more approachable by my peers and subordinates. My chain of command is now my CSM and my Commander- no one else do I report to. We get along. Religon in the military is not just tolerated, it is allowed and religious services attendence is permitted outside of training time- posted and scheduled. The Chaplain is expected to attend training meetings and provide input- his insight is beneficial to the units due to his observations of morale and COAs to provide counseling and feesback. Alcohol and drug abuse are non-existent in our unit, though it is doubtful that religon is the main reason, we are unique in the way my unit is set up, organized and run.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1036 Oct 13, 2012
<feedback> Here is a quote from our chaplain (one of my few), "Wisdom is the quality that keeps you out of situations where you need it." ...really like that one.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1037 Oct 13, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>.... but both are acceptable, especially when you consult the bible as to how to treat non believers. It is the secular laws that have forced the buybull thumper to lay down his weapons of death, which he would be happy to use against his fellow man.
Doubtful- there's that "Thou shalt not kill"- thing we go by. Also, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#1038 Oct 13, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>You!
You are not allowed to think for yourself. Have you not read the buybull? Thinking for yourself, would imply that you are a non believer. But whether you are, or aren't the buybull god classifies thinking for yourself, as sin.
<sigh> Have you never heard of "free will"? Were everything preordained, there would be no point in living. Look at it as a simple metaphor- You have speed limits, you have the yellow stripe down the middle of the road,exceeding the speed limit or ignoring the yellow line is a violation of the law, but you can still do it. Same thing- free will.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#1039 Oct 13, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Tough toenails. It has no effect on my work performance- otherwise, I wouldn't be where I am today- actually, once I realized the Truth, I am more focused and success oriented than previous and I daresay more approachable by my peers and subordinates. My chain of command is now my CSM and my Commander- no one else do I report to. We get along. Religon in the military is not just tolerated, it is allowed and religious services attendence is permitted outside of training time- posted and scheduled. The Chaplain is expected to attend training meetings and provide input- his insight is beneficial to the units due to his observations of morale and COAs to provide counseling and feesback. Alcohol and drug abuse are non-existent in our unit, though it is doubtful that religon is the main reason, we are unique in the way my unit is set up, organized and run.
I am glad you have a happy unit.

Let me explain why I said that I find your "God can't be wrong" mindset so sad.

Of course I don't believe your god is real, so when I see someone who reads what I consider the writtings of men, and those writtings outline atrocities, and gives them a pass, it troubles me.

Second, you hold god to a lower moral standard than you hold everyone else to. If any man in your unit commited some of the rotten crap that the Bible says your god did, you would have them arrested and locked up.

I understand why you do this. I did it too. It is a defense mechanism. If you didn't think that way, you would have to face the imperfection of this thing you worship. Although not the sole reason I am an atheist, that is one of the things that helped my loss of faith along. I realized that the thing I was supposed to hold above everything else, was brutal, jealous, petty, irrational, and human.

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