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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #145 on: December 06, 2009, 02:08:32 PM »
Creationists have lost in the courts of law; they've long ago lost in the halls of science; and they continue to lose with every new piece of evidence in support of evolution.  Taking offense is all they've got left.  (Richard Dawkins)
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« Reply #146 on: December 07, 2009, 11:14:48 AM »
The gods offer no rewards for intellect.  There was never one yet that showed any interest in it.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #147 on: December 08, 2009, 11:42:57 AM »
The prejudice of unfounded belief often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at last rank hypocrisy.  When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others.  (Thomas Paine)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2009, 11:50:37 AM »
A man full of faith is simply one who has lost the capacity for clear and realistic thought.  (Henry Mencken)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #149 on: December 10, 2009, 12:15:39 PM »
Remember always that we are pattern-seeking primates who are especially adept at finding patterns with emotional meaning.  (Michael Shermer)
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« Reply #150 on: December 11, 2009, 11:56:12 AM »
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into.  (Jonathan Swift)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #151 on: December 12, 2009, 01:57:02 PM »
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.  (Sigmund Freud)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #152 on: December 13, 2009, 01:58:29 PM »
If faith is a valid tool of knowledge, then anything can be true 'by faith,' and therefore nothing is true.  If the only reason you can accept a claim is by faith, then you are admitting that the claim does not stand on its own merits.  (Dan Barker)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #153 on: December 14, 2009, 11:49:20 AM »
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true.  It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.  (Brooks Atkinson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #154 on: December 15, 2009, 12:20:02 PM »
Eternal punishment must be eternal cruelty, and I do not see how any man, unless he has the brain of an idiot, or the heart of a wild beast, can believe in eternal punishment.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #155 on: December 16, 2009, 12:10:25 PM »
Let me tell you that religion is the cruelest fraud ever perpetrated upon the human race.  It is the last of the great schemes of thievery that man must legally prohibit so as to protect himself from the charlatans who prey upon the ignorance and fears of the people.  (Joseph Lewis)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #156 on: December 18, 2009, 02:02:31 PM »
We who are atheists are also a-fairyists, a-teapotists, and a-unicornists, but we don't have to bother saying so.  (Richard Dawkins, Free Inquiry, Summer, 2002)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #157 on: December 19, 2009, 05:48:34 PM »
God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining.  (Douglas Adams)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #158 on: December 21, 2009, 11:55:45 AM »
Sorry I missed yesterday.  Here's two:


Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.  (Ludwig Borne)


The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #159 on: December 22, 2009, 11:48:32 AM »
Religion has treated knowledge sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as a hostage; often as a captive, and more often as a child.  (Charles Caleb Colton)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #160 on: December 23, 2009, 12:35:34 PM »
The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his Ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?  (Judith Hayes)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #161 on: December 24, 2009, 12:27:24 PM »
The basic ideal of Christianity, that of an all powerful father-figure demanding a blood sacrifice before he can change his own mind about whether or not to torture his own creations for eternity has never struck me as a model of ethics or morality.  (Louis Cypher)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #162 on: December 25, 2009, 02:51:22 PM »
One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural.  (James D. Watson, Nobel laureate, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA)


Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #163 on: December 26, 2009, 12:42:57 PM »
Why is that people are quick to label Roman gods and goddesses as myth seeded from lack of understanding, while entertaining their own theological beliefs that are based on the same fear and ignorance?  (Jae Marston)
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« Reply #164 on: December 27, 2009, 12:38:24 PM »
Needless to say, since the income of the priest class is totally dependent on their continued ability to sell invisible goods to suckers, they praise and glorify faith to the skies, complimenting people on how much of it they have.  If it weren't for faith, they'd be out of business, and they know it.  (Richard Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #165 on: December 28, 2009, 11:59:12 AM »
Religion makes good people better and bad people worse.  (H. Richard Niebuhr)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #166 on: December 29, 2009, 03:35:51 PM »
If horses had gods, they would look like horses.  (Xenophanes)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #167 on: December 30, 2009, 12:40:26 PM »
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the Scriptures, like tanners with hide.  (Desiderius Erasmus)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #168 on: December 31, 2009, 12:22:43 PM »
By the year 2000, we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not god.  (Gloria Steinem)




*Sadly, we're not quite there yet. Happy New Year everyone - SS
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #169 on: January 01, 2010, 12:27:13 PM »
The present custom of orthodox Christendom, in packing their sins upon the back of a god, is just the same substantially as that of various heathen nations who were anciently in the habit of packing them upon the backs of various dumb animals.  (Kersey Graves)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #170 on: January 02, 2010, 01:06:35 PM »
There is no shortcut to intellectual honesty.  Atheism requires sacrifice, in that you sacrifice the illusion of immortality and the sense of transcendent purpose.  But, religion requires the sacrifice of critical thinking, self determination, your time, your money, and logic.  (Kate)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #171 on: January 03, 2010, 04:14:15 PM »
Religions survive mainly because they brainwash the young.  Three-quarters of Church of England schools are primary schools; all the faiths currently jostling for our tax money to run their "faith-based" schools know that if they do not proselytize intellectually defenseless three- and four-year-olds, their grip will eventually loosen.  Inculcating the various competing — competing, note — falsehoods of the major faiths into small children is a form of child abuse, and a scandal.  Let us challenge religion to leave children alone until they are adults, whereupon they can be presented with the essentials of religion for mature consideration.

For example: tell an averagely intelligent adult hitherto free of religious brainwashing that somewhere, invisibly, there is a being somewhat like us, with desires, interests, purposes, memories, and emotions of anger, love, vengefulness, and jealousy, yet with the negation of such other of our failings as mortality, weakness, corporeality, visibility, limited knowledge and insight; and that this god magically impregnates a mortal woman, who then gives birth to a special being who performs various prodigious feats before departing for heaven.  Take your pick of which version of this story to tell: let a King of Heaven impregnate — let's see — Danae or Io or Leda or the Virgin Mary (etc., etc.) and let there be resulting heaven-destined progeny (Heracles, Castor and Pollux, Jesus., etc., etc.) — or any of the other forms of exactly such tales in Babylonian, Egyptian, and other mythologies — then ask which of them he wishes to believe.  One can guarantee that such a person would say: none of them.  (A. C. Grayling)
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« Reply #172 on: January 04, 2010, 10:50:27 AM »
The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world.  I don't believe that any man ever talked with god.  The bible was written by man out of his love of domination.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
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« Reply #173 on: January 05, 2010, 12:46:01 PM »
Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people.  Otherwise, there wouldn’t be religious people.  (Hugh Laurie’s character Dr. House, on the TV show House)
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