“An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair
Weren't a lot of hospitals built by churches? And aren't most hospitals now built with public funds? We don't have public churches in this country with the possible exception of the National Cathedral. So I don't really get the usefulness of the rhetoric. She wants to tell other people how to spend their money?
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.” – Thomas Jefferson
So TJ gets to tell other beings, if they exist, what they're allowed to think and approve of? That's weird.
“It will never be pretended that any person employed in that service [writing the Constitution], had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven.” – John Adams
Inspiration is a pretty big lightning rod for interpretation there. Does it mean more of a simple motivation? Does it mean more of an infallibility? My mom inspired me to go to grad school. She also, on previous occasions, has inspired me to do the dishes.
“Where a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ‘tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” – Benjamin Franklin
Yeah. That's why a lot of Christians in this country scoff at the idea of public funds being used to support state churches in Europe that would otherwise die out. Each generation needs its own revival.