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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #899 on: April 01, 2012, 02:10:45 PM »
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. Where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote. Where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source. Where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials.  (John F. Kennedy)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #900 on: April 02, 2012, 10:10:51 AM »
The problem with intelligent-design theory, is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable.  Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis.  Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet, a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's science curriculum.  (George Will)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #901 on: April 03, 2012, 10:51:50 AM »
Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety.  (Baruch Spinoza)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #902 on: April 04, 2012, 06:07:28 PM »
I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and State which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  By my office, and by personal conviction, I am sworn to uphold that tradition.  (Lyndon Johnson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #903 on: April 05, 2012, 10:14:29 AM »
As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.  (William Blake)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #904 on: April 06, 2012, 01:11:47 PM »
Fear is the mother of all gods. Nature does all things spontaneously by herself without their meddling.  (Lucretius)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #905 on: April 08, 2012, 12:15:42 PM »
Looking for Jesus in history is like looking down a well: You see only your own reflection.  (Albert Schweitzer)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #906 on: April 09, 2012, 09:42:02 AM »
The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.  (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #907 on: April 10, 2012, 09:30:03 AM »
Never argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #908 on: April 11, 2012, 09:44:56 AM »
It was of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated.  I do not believe in a personal god and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.  If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.  (Albert Einstein)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #909 on: April 12, 2012, 09:48:05 AM »
We try hard in science to stamp out the influence of wishful thinking, whereas so much of religious thought seems to be nothing else: “I must believe in the afterlife because how could I face it if my life was going to terminate at death?”  (Steven Weinberg)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #910 on: April 13, 2012, 09:46:12 AM »
Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #911 on: April 14, 2012, 09:13:02 AM »
Paraphrase of John 3:16

For God so hated humanity that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever does not believe in him will perish and have everlasting life being tortured for all eternity in hell without hope of forgiveness.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #912 on: April 15, 2012, 02:18:45 PM »
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.  (Alfred North Whitehead)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #913 on: April 16, 2012, 09:15:34 AM »
My conclusions, which are not presuppositions, follow my observations. The same cannot be said for the apologists.  (Jason Long)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #914 on: April 17, 2012, 10:54:54 AM »
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.  This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #915 on: April 18, 2012, 10:26:22 AM »
The settled opinion here is that religion is essentially distinct from civil government. and exempt from its cognizance; that a connection between them is injurious to both.  (James Madison)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #916 on: April 19, 2012, 09:14:36 AM »
The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.  (Terry Prachett)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #917 on: April 20, 2012, 09:32:39 AM »
How does this summarize the theist?:



The chains men bear, they forge themselves. Strike off their chains and they will weep for their lost security.  (John Passmore)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #918 on: April 21, 2012, 04:36:36 PM »
Ministers say that they teach charity.  That is natural.  They live on alms.  All beggars teach that others should give.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #919 on: April 22, 2012, 08:55:18 AM »
Give the church a place in the Constitution, let her touch once more the sword of power, and the priceless fruit of all ages will turn to ashes on the lips of men.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #920 on: April 24, 2012, 10:12:14 AM »
The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be.  (Tao Te Ching)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #921 on: April 25, 2012, 09:15:50 AM »
We have created a Stars Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology.  (Edward O. Wilson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #922 on: April 26, 2012, 09:42:42 AM »
The motto of the Confederacy was “Deo Vindice”, or “God on our side”.  Atlanta was burned to ashes by people who thought that the deity took the other view.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #923 on: April 27, 2012, 11:04:42 AM »
Since the early days, the church has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, and bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was an apologist for the divine right of kings.  (H. L. Menken)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #924 on: April 28, 2012, 07:57:19 AM »
Religion supports nobody.  It has to be supported.  It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests.  It is a perpetual mendicant.  It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #925 on: April 29, 2012, 12:18:35 PM »
My practice as a scientist is atheistic.  That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career.  I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.  (J.B.S. Haldane)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #926 on: April 30, 2012, 09:20:39 AM »
When indeed Religion is kindled into enthusiasm, its force like that of other passions is increased by the sympathy of a multitude.  But enthusiasm is only a temporary state of religion, and whilst it lasts will hardly be seen with pleasure at the helm.  Even in its coolest state, it has been much oftener a motive to oppression than a restraint from it.  (James Madison)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #927 on: May 01, 2012, 07:53:52 AM »
It is impossible to convince some children that there is no Santa Claus.  They do not fully grasp reality.  (R. Reboulet)
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