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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Nov 7, 2012
 
justagi wrote:
The kenyan muslim fooled them again. It's true, people are getting stoopider. I'm done with this thread and conversing with intelligent idiots.
LOL

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Take your blow-up elephant with you.
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Nov 7, 2012
 
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PS- I voted for Romney.
You seem to be a champion of bad ideas.
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Nov 7, 2012
 
justagi wrote:
The kenyan muslim fooled them again. It's true, people are getting stoopider. I'm done with this thread and conversing with intelligent idiots.
It's 'more stupid',not 'stoopider'. Who's stupid now?

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"I was not raised in a religious household.

For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.

In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.

This spirit of hers guided me on the path I would ultimately take."

~ Barack Obama

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I just love it when socks talk to each other how about you guys?

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It'll be ok go rant in church about it this Sunday ok?
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<quoted text>Give him time, he'll get there eventually. After giving the nod on gunning down a few more kids at family picnics.

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<quoted text>He hasn't fooled anybody. Scum attracts scum.
Do you mean like hiring a CEO of Monsanto to be in charge of the FDA?

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<quoted text>Do you mean like hiring a CEO of Monsanto to be in charge of the FDA?
Yeah, like that.

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Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is the pleasure of not going to church.~ William Inge

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I read the book of Job last night - I don't think God comes well out of it.~ Virginia Woolf

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Christianity must be divine since it has lasted 1,700 years despite the fact that it is so full of villainy and nonsense.~ Voltaire

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Which religion do I profess to follow? None! And why? Because of religion.~ Friedrich von Schiller.

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With soap, baptism is a good thing.~ Robert G. Ingersoll

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A Christian is one who follows the teachings of Christ, in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.~ Ambrose Bierce

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I think there is an immense shortage of Christian charity among so called Christians.~ Harry S. Truman

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If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it?~ Benjamin Franklin

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The problem with born-again Christians is that they are even bigger pain the second time around.~ Herb Caen 1981

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"People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey school teacher asserted that evolution and the Big Band are not scientific and that Noah's Ark carried dinosaurs.

This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers."

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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YOUR MORAL GUIDE - Pat Condell
http://dotsub.com/view/e88246dd-b45e-4eca-8e8...

"Religious people often say that atheists have no morals because they have no moral guide. If you believe this, let me ask you something. If you're a Christian, chances are the Bible is your moral guide, but is that all the Bible, or just some of it?

"It's just the good bits, isn't it? The bits you've cherry-picked because obviously if you wanted to live in a Leviticus-style society where people are stoned or mutilated for insane and trivial reasons you could simply move to Iran.

"But how do you decide which are the good bits and which are the bad in the Bible? What do you use as a moral guide? The Bible? Well, surely not. If so, you would simply accept the bad along with the good, which is clearly what the Bible wants you to do otherwise the bad wouldn't be in there in the first place, would it?

"But no, you don't do that. You defy the Bible. You sift out the bad and discard it for the ignorant primitive barbarism it is. In short, you edit the Bible to suit your own sensibilities. So where do you get the moral guidance to impose your authority on the word of the Bible? It has to come from a higher source, doesn't it?(These things usually do.)

"And it does, of course. It comes from you. You are a higher source than the Bible, a much higher source. The criminals who run religion don't want you to know or to act upon this because then their influence over you would be zero.

"Yet the evidence is clear. You sifted the good from the bad in the Bible without the Bible's help. You did it against the Bible's will, and you did it all on your own because, whether you like it or not, you have a conscience, which means that you are capable of distinguishing good from evil without the help of scripture, and you have just proven it beyond any shadow of doubt.

"So, in fact, the Bible is not your moral guide. You are. It doesn't provide you with a moral compass. You do. And the only faith you need is faith in yourself. O happy day.”

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"There’s no good thing that a church or religion does that cannot be achieved by a purely secular means. And there is no positive benefit of churches and religions that necessarily demonstrates the truth of their supernatural claims.”– Matt Dillahunty

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"Your position is that there is a god that has an important message for mankind, and somehow, he only reveals it to certain individuals who then write this down. And thousands of years after this initial revelation, we have to rely on copies of copies of translations of copies by anonymous authors with no originals.

"[Regarding] a textual testimony to a miracle such as the loaves and fishes. there's no amount of reports - anecdotal testimonial reports - that could be sufficient to justify believing that this even actually happened as reported. No amount.

"Anything that would qualify as a god would clearly understand this. And if it wanted to convey this information to people in a way that was believable would not be relying on text to do so.

"This for me is the nail in the coffin for Christianity. The god that Christians believe in is amazingly stupid if it wants to actually achieve its goal of spreading this information to humanity by relying on text, by relying on languages that die off, by relying on anecdotal testimony.

"That's not a pathway to truth. And anything that would qualify as a god should know this, which means either that god doesn't exist, or doesn't care enough about those people who understand the nature of evidence to actually present it." - Matt Dillahunty
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