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"So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code."
- Mark Twain
"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that has ever existed?"
- John Adams, Letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816
"The way to see by Faith, is to shut the eye of Reason."
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
-Thomas Jefferson, in a Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man".
"Whence arose all the horrid assassinations of whole nations of men, women, and infants, with which the Bible is filled; and the bloody persecutions, and tortures unto death, and religious wars, that since that time have laid Europe in blood and ashes; whence arose they, but from the impious thing called religion, and this monstrous belief that God has spoken to man?"
"To Paine belongs the honor of naming our country the United States of America. He was the first to use the name in print, and it was his own creation."
I never knew that. And he is seldom mentioned, because of his writings on religion.