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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1073 on: October 11, 2012, 10:25:15 AM »
In a world of superstition, reason is blasphemy.  In a world of ignorance, facts are blasphemy. In a world of cruelty, sympathy is a crime.  And in a world of lies, truth is blasphemy." ... "Do you not know that every religion in the world has declared every other religion a fraud?  Yes, we all know it. That is the time all religions tell the truth — each of the other."  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1074 on: October 12, 2012, 10:38:59 AM »
Curtailment of free speech is rationalized on grounds that a more compelling American tradition forbids criticism of the government when the nation is at war... Nothing can be more destructive of our fundamental democratic traditions than the vicious effort to silence dissenters.  (Martin Luther King, Jr)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1075 on: October 13, 2012, 01:24:48 PM »
Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1076 on: October 14, 2012, 02:24:26 PM »
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.  It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1077 on: October 15, 2012, 10:10:26 AM »
Fear those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.  (Umberto Eco)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1078 on: October 16, 2012, 10:38:42 AM »
I put the following work under your protection.  It contains my opinion upon religion.  You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine.  He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.  (Thomas Paine)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1079 on: October 17, 2012, 10:10:11 AM »
There is nothing wrong with challenging conventional wisdom. Continuing challenge is a core feature of science.  But challengers should at least be aware of, read, cite, and specifically rebut the actual data that supports conventional wisdom, not merely construct a rhetorical edifice out of omission of relevant facts, selective quoting, bad analogies, knocking down strawmen, and tendentious interpretations.  Unless and until the 'intelligent design' movement does this, they are not seriously in the game.  They're not even playing the same sport.  (The Panda's Thumb)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1080 on: October 18, 2012, 10:02:58 AM »
If you think that your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument, rather then by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based on faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting and distorting the minds of the young in what is called "education". This last is particularly dastardly, since it takes advantage of the defencelessness of immature minds. Unfortunately it is practiced in greater or less degree in the schools of every civilised country.  (Bertrand Russell in "Human Society in Ethics and Politics" 1954)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1081 on: October 19, 2012, 09:58:32 AM »
The present age prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence, for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.  (Ludwig Feuerbach)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1082 on: October 21, 2012, 01:51:48 PM »
The Bible is a rather disappointment, it has never done for humanity what it should have done.  (Christopher Morley)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1083 on: October 22, 2012, 09:40:22 AM »
The evidence for our religious doctrines is either terrible or non-existent.  (Sam Harris)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1084 on: October 23, 2012, 10:08:48 AM »
Christianity indeed has equaled Judaism in the atrocities, and exceeded it in the extent of its desolation.  Eleven millions of men, women, and children have been killed in battle, butchered in their sleep, burned to death at public festivals of sacrifice, poisoned, tortured, assassinated, and pillaged in the spirit of the religion of peace, and for the glory of the most merciful god.  (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1085 on: October 24, 2012, 10:19:20 AM »
Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned.  Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy.  It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions.  It sanctified, quite like Mohammedanism, extermination and tyranny.  (George Santayana)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1086 on: October 25, 2012, 09:54:10 AM »
Christianity has such a contemptible opinion of human nature that it does not believe a man can tell the truth unless frightened by belief in a god.  No lower opinion of the human race has ever been expressed.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1087 on: October 26, 2012, 10:02:08 AM »
If your religion is worth killing for, please start with yourself.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1088 on: October 27, 2012, 12:52:03 PM »
A religious creed differs from a scientific theory in claiming to embody eternal and perfectly certain truth, whereas science is always tentative, expecting that modification in its present theories will sooner or later be found necessary, and aware that its method is one which is logically incapable of arriving at a complete and final demonstration.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1089 on: December 14, 2012, 12:08:56 PM »
The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion, except for the sect that can win political power.  (Robert H. Jackson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1090 on: December 15, 2012, 06:12:29 PM »
Skepticism is essential to the quest for knowledge, for it is in the seedbed of puzzlement that genuine inquiry takes root.  Without skepticism, we may remain mired in unexamined belief systems that are accepted as sacrosanct yet have no factual basis in reality.  (Paul Kurtz)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1091 on: December 17, 2012, 10:52:19 AM »
When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1092 on: December 18, 2012, 09:41:08 AM »
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.  (William G. McAdoo)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1093 on: December 19, 2012, 11:42:08 AM »
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.  (Napoleon Bonaparte)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1094 on: December 20, 2012, 04:19:30 PM »
Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.  (George Santayana)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1095 on: December 21, 2012, 09:49:34 AM »
Faith means the will to avoid knowing what is true.  (Nietzsche)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1096 on: December 22, 2012, 09:33:02 AM »
America wasn’t founded as a theocracy.  America was founded by people trying to escape theocracies.  Never in history have we had a Christian theocracy where it wasn’t bloody and barbaric.  That’s why our constitution wisely put in a separation of church and state.  (Rev. Gregory A. Boyd, Woodland Hills Church)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1097 on: December 23, 2012, 01:00:40 PM »
Today's religion will be the future's mythology.  Both believed at one time by many; but proved wrong by the clever.  (Steven Crocker)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1098 on: December 25, 2012, 10:40:25 AM »
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1099 on: December 26, 2012, 10:50:33 PM »
Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. We may now argue that the time has probably come for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.  (Sigmund Freud)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1100 on: December 27, 2012, 12:28:12 PM »
What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science.  In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began.  This doesn't prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.  (Stephen Hawking)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1101 on: December 28, 2012, 03:44:32 PM »
Life is there ahead of you, and either one tests oneself in its challenges or huddles in the valleys in a dreamless day-to-day existence whose only purpose is the preservation of an illusory security and safety.  (Saul Arinsky)
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