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Title: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 08, 2009, 04:35:24 PM
Atheism is not a conscious act of turning away from all gods. It is simply the final destination for those who think. You will be pleased to discover that the sky does not fall down on your head. If you still want to pray, you can; the success rate of your prayers is unlikely to change.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 09, 2009, 09:54:01 AM
Sometimes Christian apologists say there are only three options to who Jesus was: a liar, a lunatic or the Lord. But there is a fourth option: legend.  (Bart Ehrman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 10, 2009, 09:09:06 AM
Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole universe was made for them, whilst in reality the whole universe does not suspect their existence. (Camille Flammarion)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 11, 2009, 05:59:51 PM
Personally, I should not care for immortality in the least.  There is nothing better than oblivion, since in oblivion there is no wish unfulfilled.  We had it before we were born, yet did not complain.  Shall we then whine because we know it will return?

(H. P. Lovecraft)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 12, 2009, 10:36:41 AM
I distrust those people who know so well what god wants them to do, because I notice that it always coincides with their own desires.
(Susan B. Anthony)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 13, 2009, 10:24:11 AM
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence of a lunatic asylum in Jerusalem.
(Havelock Ellis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 14, 2009, 09:33:36 AM
In church, sacred music would make believers of us all, but preachers can be counted on to restore the balance.
(Mignon McLaughlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 15, 2009, 09:30:05 AM
Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
(John Morley)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 16, 2009, 09:45:02 AM
Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives tales as to what is to become of it afterwards, and you have a hooked fish, a mental slave.
(Theodore Dreiser)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 17, 2009, 05:31:03 AM
I am an atheist. I don't understand religion at all. I'm sure I'll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it's all nonsense.
(Andy Rooney)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 18, 2009, 03:10:28 PM
The religion of one age is literally entertainment of the next.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2009, 12:56:16 AM
Doesn't it seem odd that the "evidence for the existence of god" is completely hidden from the greatest human minds who spend their professional lives exploring how the universe functions, yet it is perfectly clear to uneducated simpletons who have access to internet-linked terminals?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2009, 10:22:00 AM
There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the dark ages.
(Ruth Hurmence Green)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 21, 2009, 10:54:41 AM
The world holds two classes of men: intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 22, 2009, 10:41:08 AM
All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt with different holidays.
(Kathy Ladman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 23, 2009, 10:23:31 AM
From the first moment I looked into that horror on September 11, into that fireball, into that explosion of horror, I knew it.  I knew it before anything was said about those who did it or why. I recognized an old companion. I recognized religion.
(Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 24, 2009, 12:46:15 PM
Isn't it ironic? One of the favorite themes of the Christian Conversion Corps is that, if we don't worship a deity, we must be worshiping ourselves.  Yet it seems that this is precisely what, in fact, the theists themselves are doing.  They worship a god with the same views, ideals, even personality traits as themselves - the god in the mirror.
(Rosa Williams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 25, 2009, 03:33:06 PM
God did not make man in his own image. Evidently it was the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilizations.
(Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 27, 2009, 09:58:28 AM
Is it not grotesque when the representatives of an antiquated myth-sorcery, who believes in trinity, angles, devils, hell, virgin-birth, bodily ascension, making of water into wine, wine to blood, - when they want to impress us with their "science"? "
(Karlheinz Deschner)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 28, 2009, 09:45:58 AM
And that what we call god's justice is only man's idea of what he would do if he were god.
(Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 29, 2009, 12:29:39 PM
A man is accepted into a church for what he believes, and he is turned out for what he knows.
(Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 30, 2009, 09:41:34 AM
If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion in the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.  The alleged shortcut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short circuit destroying the mind.
(Ayn Rand)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 31, 2009, 10:02:27 AM
Faith: the effort to believe that which your common sense tells you is not true.
(Elbe Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 01, 2009, 01:53:41 PM
Honest investigation is utterly impossible within the pale of any church, for the reason that if you think the church is right you will not investigate, and if you think it wrong, the church will investigate you.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 02, 2009, 09:49:18 AM
The Bible is a non-standardized Rorschach test.  Interpretations say far more about the believer than they do about the text.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 03, 2009, 01:53:06 PM
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.  (Nietzsche)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 04, 2009, 10:07:11 AM
All thinking men are atheists.  (Ernest Hemingway)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 05, 2009, 10:05:38 AM
Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods.  (John Burroughs)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 06, 2009, 09:58:36 AM
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.  (Christopher Marlowe)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 07, 2009, 09:51:43 AM
If there is a god, blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the creator of human intelligence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 08, 2009, 09:38:59 AM
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a god who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words.  I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is god, and whose every deed is foul.  (Isaac Asimov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 09, 2009, 10:32:14 AM
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs.  This is the principle of lotteries, dating, and religion.  (Scott Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 10, 2009, 10:40:52 AM
The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, but there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there is little good evidence.  Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 11, 2009, 10:11:02 AM
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.  (Stephen Henry Roberts)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 12, 2009, 10:54:47 AM
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
(Robert Pirg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 13, 2009, 09:24:34 AM
It's an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death.  Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don't try to make it posthumous.  (Gloria Steinem)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 14, 2009, 09:34:27 AM
If we are going to teach “creation science” as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.  (Judith Hayes)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2009, 05:25:30 PM
Fear was god's originator in this world.  (Petronius)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 16, 2009, 07:14:03 PM
If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.  (Montesquieu)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 17, 2009, 10:30:39 AM
You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 18, 2009, 10:27:04 AM
The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a delusion, ever recognizes it as such.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 19, 2009, 09:22:01 AM
He who has made great moral progress ceases to pray.  (Emmanuelle Kant)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 20, 2009, 09:30:07 AM
All the tales of miracles with which the old and new testament are filled, are fit only for imposters to preach and fools to believe.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 21, 2009, 09:51:27 AM
Generally speaking, people who claim to possess a living, interactive relationship with Christ tend to have a relationship with a Jesus Christ who thinks very much as they do, and who shares their likes, dislikes and prejudices.  (Therion Ware)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 22, 2009, 07:08:25 AM
I have been in too many of the ancient cathedrals - grand, wonderful, mysterious.  But I always leave them with a feeling of indignation because of the generations of human beings who have struggled in poverty to build these altars to an unknown god.  (Elizabeth Stanton)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 23, 2009, 06:40:18 PM
One's convictions should be proportional to one's evidence.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 24, 2009, 10:20:43 AM
Subtract from the New Testament the miraculous and highly improbable, and what will be the remainder?  (George Eliot)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2009, 10:08:16 AM
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 26, 2009, 04:16:11 PM
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.  (Jesse Ventura)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 27, 2009, 09:40:08 AM
What time has been wasted during mans destiny in the struggle to decide what mans next world will be like.  The keener the effort to find out, the less he knew about the present one he lived in.  (Sean O’Casey)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 28, 2009, 10:45:19 AM
Only the atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving god, while the same god drowned infants in their cribs.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 29, 2009, 01:26:03 PM
The religion that is afraid of science, commits suicide.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 30, 2009, 03:38:20 PM
Gods are the finish line that is drawn at the start.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 31, 2009, 09:55:15 AM
If all the Christians who have called other Christians “not really a Christian” were to vanish, there’d be no Christians left.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 01, 2009, 10:05:16 AM
It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.  (George W. Foote)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 02, 2009, 10:08:55 AM
Sect and error are synonymous terms.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 03, 2009, 09:13:02 AM
Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.  (Walt Whitman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 04, 2009, 10:30:45 AM
The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 05, 2009, 06:33:54 PM
There's no reason, in theory, why god's presence couldn't be measured or detected in some way. The only reason that believers claim that god can't be detected in this way is because god isn't detected, and so a vast and intricate rationale has to be devised to explain this vast, loving, eternal, all-powerful "something" which is, in every external, objective respect, indistinguishable from nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 08, 2009, 10:33:02 AM
Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 09, 2009, 10:50:44 AM
The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation, and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance called faith.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 10, 2009, 11:26:04 AM
Q: How can you tell that your god is man-made?
A: If he hates all the same people you do.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 11, 2009, 09:59:03 AM
Christianity still practices virtual cannibalism by eating their god's body and drinking his blood during their rituals. They also venerate his execution by placing its depiction in a prominent position in their sanctuaries. Worshipers even go so far as to wear a miniature of the murder weapon as a necklace. Then, they have the temerity to complain about the violence depicted on television.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 12, 2009, 11:42:46 PM
Christian reference to 'God the Father' also poses a problem. Show me a father who wants his children prostrate before him, praying, pleading for mercy, worshiping him, and who then doles out rewards to the chosen submissive ones, and I'll show you a bad father.  (Sherwood Goozee)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 13, 2009, 09:19:40 AM
Why should I allow that same god to tell me how to raise my kids, who drowned his own?  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 14, 2009, 11:06:58 AM
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  (Susan Ertz)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 15, 2009, 11:24:46 AM
He, who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 16, 2009, 10:04:28 AM
And it is in his own image, let us remember, that man creates god.  (Havelock Ellis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 17, 2009, 10:29:25 AM
If a man would follow today, the teachings of the old testament he would be a criminal.  If he would strictly follow the teachings of the new, he would be insane.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 18, 2009, 12:24:59 PM
Religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disorders; it is the mother of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 19, 2009, 03:54:36 PM
Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest ebb of his fortunes.  (George Santayana)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 20, 2009, 02:53:53 PM
The religious interpretations that compel Muslim women to wear the veil in secular countries where church and state have long been separated and where equality of the sexes is firmly established, reveals a mentality that is not content merely with veiling women, but seeks to shroud man, society, and life in general, to pull the veil over the eyes of reason itself.  (Adonis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 21, 2009, 10:44:54 AM
Three quarters of the American population the truly believes in religious miracles. The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, god does this and that – astonishing! These are numbers that you have nowhere else in the industrial world.  (Noam Chomsky)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2009, 10:36:53 AM
It seems to me that Christians worship the incredible shrinking god.  I mean at one time it was supposedly capable of flinging thousands of billions of galaxies into existence with a mere thought.  By the time of Noah, it was reduced to flooding an insignificant speck in the cosmos.  By the time of Moses, its best trick was moving a tiny portion of a minor sea aside for a short while.  By the time of Jesus, it has to send a delegate on its behalf who leaves behind only rumors that he was able to turn water into another beverage, or render himself extra buoyant. Now it counts as a miracle if a water stain grows mold that kind of looks like a bearded face which could be claimed to resemble this supposed delegate.

How much more pathetic can this god get?  How do Christians manage to sing praises of its glory and greatness without feeling like fools, or at best, like new parents gushing over their toddler's ability to make a pee.  (Kronk)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 23, 2009, 10:00:23 AM
I think I do understand god.  I actually think a good working definition of "atheist" is "one who understands what a god is".  It is like magic; once you understand how the trick is done it is no longer magic.  Understanding destroys faith.  (Mark Richardson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2009, 09:26:06 AM
I live in a culture that wholeheartedly embraces the idea that man is inherently evil, and that human beings will not behave themselves unless they live their short lives under the constant threat of immanent and eternal agony.  Such a premise affects me very much; I have to live with these people, who one way or another are in constant fear of (not for) their own souls.  I don't want my children associating with people who are trained from birth to loathe themselves. It strikes me as very unhealthy.  (Elf Sternberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 25, 2009, 10:40:07 AM
If atheism is a religion, then not collecting stamps is a hobby.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2009, 03:58:34 PM
A sacrifice is not a sacrifice by definition if you get back what you supposedly sacrificed.  At best, Jesus can be considered to have been inconvenienced for your sins.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2009, 02:21:54 PM
Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one.  (Jim Crawford)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2009, 10:15:15 AM
From what we now know about the cosmos, to think that all this was created for just one species among tens of millions of species who live on one planet circling one of a couple of hundred billion stars that are located in one galaxy among hundreds of billions of galaxies, all of which are in one universe among perhaps an infinite number of universes all nestled within a grand cosmic multiverse, is provincially insular and anthropocentrically blinkered.  Which is more likely: that the universe was designed just for us, or that we think the universe was designed just for us?  (Michael Shermer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2009, 10:31:15 AM
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.  (Eric Hoffer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 30, 2009, 10:33:15 AM
Faith does not give you the answers; it just stops you asking the questions.  (Frater Ravus)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 01, 2009, 10:50:16 AM
When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer.  (Stevie Wonder)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2009, 11:20:35 AM
Let me get this straight, you have "faith" in the existence of the most powerful being you can imagine, who's your best bud and who you can ask to do favors, and further, you have "faith" that when you die you don't actually cease to exist and become worm food, but your magical buddy invites you to come live with him in the most wonderful place you can imagine, and yet we are the ones for whom truth has become "whatever works for you" or "whatever makes you feel good"?  (Bob Enweiven)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 03, 2009, 09:48:21 AM
In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken”, and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it, it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that has happened in politics or religion.  (Carl Sagan) 
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 05, 2009, 10:52:10 AM
I missed yesterday, so here's two:


I have endeavored to dissipate these religious superstitions from the minds of women, and base their faith on science and reason, where I found for myself at last that peace and comfort I could never find in the Bible and the church.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)


Faith is believing what you know ain't so.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 06, 2009, 09:58:09 AM
Men create the gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.  (Aristotle)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 07, 2009, 10:02:36 AM
The idea of god was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure.  Desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father; for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 08, 2009, 11:15:53 AM
Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole, without chewing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 09, 2009, 11:27:23 AM
Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing; fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 10, 2009, 02:09:18 PM
Scriptures: The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 11, 2009, 02:17:40 PM
Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.  (Ludwig Von Mises)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 12, 2009, 06:05:33 PM
Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.  (Angela Carter)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 13, 2009, 11:00:26 AM
If I stepped out of church whenever I heard a false statement I could never stay there five minutes.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 14, 2009, 10:47:39 AM
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 15, 2009, 10:44:02 AM
Most people are bothered by those passages in scripture which they cannot understand; but as for me, I always noticed that the passages in scripture which trouble me most are those that I do understand.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 16, 2009, 12:02:37 PM
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.  (Benjamin Franklin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 17, 2009, 10:58:58 AM
Faith is the determination to remain ignorant in the face of all evidence that you are ignorant.  (Shaun Mason)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 18, 2009, 11:30:34 AM
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.  (H.I. Mencken)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 19, 2009, 10:41:44 AM
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.  (Peter Ustinov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 21, 2009, 02:35:23 PM
Why am I an atheist? I ask you: Why is anybody not an atheist? Everyone starts out being an atheist. No one is born with belief in anything. Infants are atheists until they are indoctrinated. I resent anyone pushing their religion on me. I don't push my atheism on anybody else. Live and let live. Not many people practice that when it comes to religion.  (Andy Rooney)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 22, 2009, 10:04:33 AM
I'd forgive you, but I don't have a son to kill.  (Gregory A. Greenman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 23, 2009, 10:57:30 AM
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there is one, it must approve more of reason than that of blindfolded fear.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 24, 2009, 02:46:23 PM
If atheism is a religion then abstinence is a form of sex.  (Karl Johanson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 25, 2009, 09:26:38 AM
Isn't bracing truth better than false hope?  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 26, 2009, 11:00:23 AM
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.  (David Hume)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 27, 2009, 03:29:39 PM
You know, this attitude astounds me. I consider myself the product of a marvelous and intricate four billion year process that unifies me with the entire biological world at a very deep and intimate level. These people tend to see themselves as the product of some god's whim enacted upon some random lump of clay dredged from a river. And I am the one who is supposed to feel demeaned by my perceived origins? The mind boggles.  (Andrew Lias)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 28, 2009, 11:52:36 AM
Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing “does not!”
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 29, 2009, 11:00:59 AM
Beware of 'God of the Gaps', the incredible shrinking deity who fills the gaps in our understanding until understanding shrinks both gaps and God down to nothing.  (George A. Staffa)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 30, 2009, 10:10:01 AM
I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.  (Edith Sitwell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 31, 2009, 11:14:13 AM
We drape our own standards with the stories of divine origin as a way of asserting their authority.  (Simon Blackburn)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 02, 2009, 12:32:27 PM
I missed yesterday.  Here's two:


Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.  (Robert A. Heinlein)




Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 03, 2009, 11:30:14 AM
Words like 'God' and 'Allah' must go the way of 'Apollo' and 'Baal' or they will unmake our world.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 04, 2009, 02:22:11 PM
Ours is a terrible religion.  The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 05, 2009, 01:02:33 PM
An idea does not gain truth as it gains followers.  (Amanda Bloom)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 06, 2009, 12:00:07 PM
We can form a fair notion of what the devout believer's "experience of god" is like. At every turn, it sounds very much like wishing hard, or compulsively pretending, or claiming to experience something that is felt to be meritorious to experience, or getting a thrill out of daringly affirming something evidently untrue, or regressing to the mental state of the five-year-old who says he has a big, chatty, invisible companion.  (David Ramsay Steele).
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 07, 2009, 02:35:14 PM
Jesus' last words on the cross, "My god, my god, why hast thou forsaken me?" hardly seem like the words of a man who planned it that way.  It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here.  (Donald Morgan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 08, 2009, 01:01:10 PM
Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 09, 2009, 11:52:02 AM
Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 10, 2009, 12:28:29 PM
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.  (Leo Tolstoy)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 11, 2009, 12:32:48 PM
“There are no atheists in foxholes” isn’t an argument against atheism, it’s an argument against foxholes.  (James Morrow)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 12, 2009, 08:55:47 PM
OMG, I can't believe I forgot today's quote!  Sorry!  You can all stop sending me messages by the thousands, begging for your daily fix now.





Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.  (Sam Harris)



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Post by: Star Stuff on November 13, 2009, 01:00:25 PM
Man created god in his image: intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 14, 2009, 11:59:54 AM
It is, I think, an error to believe that there is any need of religion to make life seem worth living.  (Sinclair Lewis)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 15, 2009, 12:43:11 PM
There is no absurdity, however palpable, which cannot be firmly implanted in the minds of all, if only one begins to inculcate it before the early age of six by constantly repeating it to them with an air of great solemnity. For the training of man, like that of animals, is completely successful only at an early age.  (Arthur Schopenhaur)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 16, 2009, 11:47:19 AM
Religion is all bunk.  (Thomas Edison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 17, 2009, 12:21:43 PM
It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good, and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 18, 2009, 11:46:27 AM
In science, it is a cardinal sin to pretend to know something that you do not know. Such pretence is the very essence of religious faith. (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 19, 2009, 12:22:50 PM
I think that the United States is heading in the direction of theocracy.  The problem is that we let religious people say stunningly false things, and we consider it rude to question those beliefs.  But we should be shunning those people.  If that sounds intolerant, that's the point.  I'm not tolerant of suspending reason.  (Brian Flemming)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 20, 2009, 12:31:10 PM
This is one of my favorites to date; it articulates very well what I've been thinking lately is the key thing that christians need to do, but can't or won't:


All that is necessary, as it seems to me, to convince any reasonable person that the Bible is simply and purely of human invention, of barbarian invention, is to read it.  Read it as you would any other book. Think of it as you would of any other; get the bandage of reverence from your eyes; drive from your heart the phantom of fear; push from the throne of your brain the cowled form of superstition. Then read the Holy Bible, and you will be amazed that you ever, for one moment, supposed a being of infinite wisdom, goodness and purity, to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 21, 2009, 01:39:04 PM
I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.  (George Carlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 22, 2009, 01:03:02 PM
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.  This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless.  (Leo Tolstoy)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 23, 2009, 01:10:27 PM
The term 'skeptic' does not mean one who doubts, but one who investigates or researches, as opposed to one who asserts and thinks that he has found.  (Miguel De Unamuno)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 24, 2009, 12:03:04 PM
This century will be called Darwin's century. He was one of the greatest men who ever touched this globe. He has explained more of the phenomena of life and all of the religious teachers. His doctrine of evolution, his doctrine of the survival of the fittest, his doctrine of the origin of species, has removed in every thinking mind the last vestige of orthodox Christianity. He has not only stated, but he has demonstrated, that the Bible is a book written by ignorance at the instigation of fear.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 25, 2009, 11:52:12 AM
I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe; and this would include my father, brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.  (Charles Darwin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 26, 2009, 12:06:33 PM
In response to: "Darwin's theory of sexual selection is completely useless. Homosexuality and hermaphodites obviously contradict his theory."
> Yes, they are obvious evidence of special creation by the biblical god.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 27, 2009, 11:54:59 AM
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.  (Charles Darwin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 28, 2009, 12:11:58 PM
We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.  (Catherine Fahringer)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 29, 2009, 01:59:01 PM
An immoral god – a hangover from stone age minds – still corrupts human mentality with its scapegoat justice and the threat of eternal damnation.  (Reverend Reginald Howard Bass)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 30, 2009, 11:44:30 AM
The belief in eternal torment, still subscribed to by fundamentalist Christian denominations, undoubtedly ranks as the most vicious and reprehensible doctrine of classical Christianity.  It has resulted in an incalculable amount of psychological torture, especially among children where it is employed as a terror tactic to prompt obedience.  (George H. Smith)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 01, 2009, 12:27:26 PM
A religious war is like children fighting over who has the strongest imaginary friend.  (unknown)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 02, 2009, 11:55:22 AM
When I, or people like me, are running the country, you'd better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we'll execute you.  I mean every word of it.  I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed.  (Randall Terry, on abortion providers and women who had abortions)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Terry
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 03, 2009, 11:20:07 AM
Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.  (Demosthenes)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 04, 2009, 10:36:08 AM
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 05, 2009, 08:58:35 PM
Without cultural sanction, most or all of our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance.  (John F. Schumaker)
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on December 28, 2009, 11:59:12 AM
Religion makes good people better and bad people worse.  (H. Richard Niebuhr)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 29, 2009, 03:35:51 PM
If horses had gods, they would look like horses.  (Xenophanes)
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on January 06, 2010, 12:04:27 PM
A philosopher and a theologian were engaged in a dispute, and the theologian use the old quip about a philosopher being like a blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat which wasn't there. “That may be,” said the philosopher, “but a theologian would've found it”.  (Julian Huxley)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 07, 2010, 12:08:59 PM
Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.  (Chapman Cohen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 08, 2010, 11:47:40 AM
Atheists are often charged with blasphemy, but it is a crime they cannot commit. When the atheist examines, denounces, or satirizes the gods, he is not dealing with persons but with ideas. He is incapable of insulting god, for he does not admit the existence of any such being.  (G. W. Foote)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 09, 2010, 12:36:32 PM
All children are atheists, they have no idea of god.  (Baron d’Holebach)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 10, 2010, 02:41:42 PM
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.  (Olin Miller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 11, 2010, 12:50:10 PM
We don't have to protect the environment — the Second Coming is at hand.  (James Watt, Interior Secretary under Ronald Reagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 12, 2010, 12:22:27 PM
From the first moment I looked into that horror on September 11, into that fireball, into that explosion or horror, I knew it. I knew it before anything was said about those who did it or why. I recognized an old companion. I recognized religion.  (Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 13, 2010, 12:58:58 PM
I am personally convinced of the great power and deep significance of Christianity, and I won't allow any other religion to be promoted.  (Adolf Hitler)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 14, 2010, 12:23:32 PM
For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.  (Albert Einstein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 15, 2010, 12:14:16 PM
People constantly say, “Oh, god will look after it”. But he never has in the past, and I don't know why they think he will in the future.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 16, 2010, 03:52:14 PM
On the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the earth.  (George W. Bush)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 17, 2010, 01:44:42 PM
"Creation science" is an attempt to give credibility to Hebrew mythology by making people believe that the world's foremost biologists, paleontologists, and geologists are a bunch of incompetent nincompoops.  (Ron Peterson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 18, 2010, 06:30:25 PM
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in his arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; he will set them above their betters.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 19, 2010, 11:31:22 AM
Man rarely (if ever) manages to dream up a god superior to himself. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.  (Robert A Heinlein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 20, 2010, 11:28:41 AM
There is in every village a torch: the schoolmaster - and an extinguisher: the Parson.  (Victor Hugo)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 21, 2010, 11:30:13 AM
Religious thought is an attempt to find an out where there is no door.  (Albert Einstein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 22, 2010, 12:33:35 PM
Mankind has been punished long and heavily for having created its gods. Nothing but pain and persecution have been man's lot since gods began. There is but one way out of this blunder: Man must break his fetters which have chained him to the gates of heaven and hell, so that he can begin to fashion out of his reawakened and illuminated consciousness a new world upon earth.  (Emma Goldman)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 23, 2010, 03:54:48 PM
“The Good Book” - one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined.  (Ashley Montagu)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 24, 2010, 12:21:31 PM
The dominant Catholic Church jumped through legalistic hoops to make slavery not only acceptable but justifiable as a way of spreading the faith.  Indeed, slave owners were obliged by law to baptize their slaves.  (Phil Grabsky)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2010, 12:30:12 PM
You believe in a book that has sticks turning into snakes, and you say we are the ones that need help?  (Dan Barker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 26, 2010, 12:24:56 PM
Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.  (H. L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 27, 2010, 11:41:00 AM
Just as Christianity must destroy reason before it can introduce faith, so it must destroy happiness before it can introduce salvation.  (George H. Smith)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 28, 2010, 10:49:17 AM
People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.  (Mikhail Bakunin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 29, 2010, 12:31:27 PM
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.  (Pearl S. Buck)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 30, 2010, 11:18:33 AM
All religions, with their gods, their demigods, and their prophets, their messiahs and their saints, were created by the credulous fancy of men who had not attained the full development in full possession of their faculties.  (Mikhael A. Bakunin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 31, 2010, 12:48:35 PM
In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.  (Soren Kierkegaard)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 01, 2010, 11:42:51 AM
Can I just say how cute I think it is when a Christian thinks something is far-fetched?  (Sterling Crowe)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 02, 2010, 11:51:54 AM
But perhaps God’s purpose in the world (I am only thinking aloud here) is to draw his creatures to him.  And you have to admit that tragedies like this one at Virginia Tech help to do that!  (Dinesh D’Souza)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 03, 2010, 12:14:38 PM
Every other sect supposes itself in possession of all truth, and that those who differ are so far in the wrong; like a man traveling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him on the road he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, though in truth he is as much in the fog as any of them.  (Benjamin Franklin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 04, 2010, 11:49:25 AM
Superstition is, always has been, and forever will be, the foe of progress, the enemy of education and the assassin of freedom.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 05, 2010, 12:27:34 PM
As people become more intelligent, they care less for preachers and more for teachers.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 06, 2010, 03:11:27 PM
Praying is like a rocking chair - it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.  (Gypsy Rose Lee)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 07, 2010, 01:51:36 PM
If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction.  (Percy Shelley)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 08, 2010, 11:47:46 AM
I did not know from a scientific perspective why I did not believe in evolution, but I knew from a Biblical perspective it had to be wrong or my faith was in trouble.  (Ken Ham;  The Lie – Evolution)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 09, 2010, 12:09:41 PM
Whatever we cannot easily understand we call god; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues.  (Edward Abbey)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2010, 01:41:14 PM
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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 11, 2010, 11:00:09 AM
Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact.  Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.  (Reverend Jimmy Swaggart)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 12, 2010, 11:00:12 AM
It is an insult to god to believe in god. For on one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument, their intellect, which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education, for they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.  (Galen Strawson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 13, 2010, 01:04:15 PM
Who knows most, doubts most.  (Robert Browning)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 14, 2010, 12:59:11 PM
Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 15, 2010, 11:35:31 AM
Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes, and wishes he was certain.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 16, 2010, 12:12:25 PM
Scientific criticism has no nobler task than to shatter false beliefs.  (Ludwig Von Mises)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 17, 2010, 11:06:38 AM
Traveler:  "God has been mighty good to your fields Mr. Farmer."

Farmer:  "You should have seen how he treated them when I wasn't around."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 18, 2010, 11:21:35 AM
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.  (H. G. Wells)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 19, 2010, 11:31:24 AM
The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of him who reads.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 20, 2010, 03:13:42 PM
Ethical people will do what is right, no matter what they are told.  Religious people will do what they are told, no matter what is right.  (unknown).
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 21, 2010, 03:36:50 PM
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.  (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 22, 2010, 11:24:05 AM
Some theists, observing that all 'effects' need a cause, assert that God is a cause but not an effect.  But no one has ever observed an uncaused cause and simply inventing one merely assumes what the argument wishes to prove.  (Dan Barker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 24, 2010, 10:40:58 AM
If scientific conclusions contradict the word of God, the conclusions are wrong, no matter how many scientific facts may appear to back them.  (Biology for Christian Schools, pg 1)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 25, 2010, 10:51:09 AM
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 26, 2010, 10:52:38 AM
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.  (Martin Luther)


Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 27, 2010, 11:39:28 AM
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 28, 2010, 02:50:32 PM
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 01, 2010, 11:43:17 AM
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.  (Pat Robertson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 02, 2010, 11:29:23 AM
We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a 'higher' answer, but none exists. (Stephen Jay Gould)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 03, 2010, 10:50:05 AM
Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 04, 2010, 11:08:40 AM
We owe almost all of our knowledge, not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.  (Charles Caleb Colton)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 05, 2010, 12:03:28 PM
Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.  (Arthur Schopenhauer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 06, 2010, 04:05:18 PM
Heaven: The Coney Island of the Christian imagination.  (Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 07, 2010, 11:58:37 AM
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.  (Sinclair Lewis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 08, 2010, 11:21:22 AM
Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who thinks differently from him.  (Walter Savage Landor)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 09, 2010, 12:22:56 PM
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.  (George Santayana)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 10, 2010, 11:13:31 AM
If atheism is a religion, then health is a disease.  (Clark Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 11, 2010, 11:45:02 AM
All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery ticket up to a passport to paradise; in which, from description, I see nothing very tempting.  (Lord Byron)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 12, 2010, 11:24:03 AM
Nothing is so firmly believed as that what is least known.  (Michel Eyqem de Montaigne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 12, 2010, 04:37:14 PM
I'll be away for a few days, so here's a few:



One might be asked 'How can you prove that a god does not exist?'  One can only reply that it is scarcely necessary to disprove what has never been proved.  (David A. Spitz)



Skepticism is the highest duty and blind faith the one unpardonable sin.  (Thomas Henry Huxley)



I call him free who is led solely by reason.  (Baruch Spinoza)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 15, 2010, 03:42:32 PM
I'm baa-aack......


Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 16, 2010, 10:46:28 AM
Reasoning with one who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to a dead man.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 17, 2010, 10:44:48 AM
Mystery is a convenient cover for absurdity.  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 18, 2010, 10:24:49 AM
Christians must disregard scientific hypotheses or theories that contradict the Bible.  (Biology for Christian Schools)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 19, 2010, 10:57:17 AM
Think about it.  A being capable of flinging hundreds of billions of galaxies into existence comes to one microbial blue speck in the cosmos, assumes the form of a human animal in a minor scrubland province in a primitive age, performs unremarkable tricks which any third rate magician these days can surpass, and he dies in total obscurity, unnoticed and unrecorded by any chronicler of the period, leaving behind only rumors that he was ever here at all, and even the paltry rumors are indistinguishable from the ordinary and commonplace myths that humans think up in abundance.  Does that really make sense to you?  Does that sound like the modus operandi of an omnipotent god?  (Kronk)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 20, 2010, 10:24:14 AM
The Christian God is a being of terrific character; cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 21, 2010, 01:04:31 PM
There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs.  There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being.  The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom.  They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.  If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.  I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D.  Just who do they think they are?  (Senator Barry Goldwater)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 22, 2010, 10:00:58 AM
Wow, I like this one:

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows."  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 23, 2010, 10:52:37 AM
The need for religion will end when man becomes sensible enough to govern himself.  (Francisco Ferrer Guardia)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 24, 2010, 10:11:47 AM
You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate.  (Richard A. Weatherwax)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 25, 2010, 10:38:50 AM
Islam is the enemy of science, of freethinking, of reason and of human rights.  It acts as a powerful break on the advancement of civilization.  (Dr. Ali Sina)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 26, 2010, 10:01:23 AM
Clergyman: A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his temporal ones.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 27, 2010, 12:50:18 PM
Doubt is the mother of all knowledge.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 28, 2010, 11:44:06 AM
The inventor of the plow did more good than the maker of the first rosary, because, say what you will, plowing is better than praying.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 29, 2010, 10:48:47 AM
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature.  They are all alike, founded on fables and mythology.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 30, 2010, 10:47:41 AM
Intellectual honesty is a skill that has to be learned and a virtue that has to be practiced; it often requires you to accept unpleasant conclusions.  (John B. Hodges)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 31, 2010, 10:25:53 AM
Christian; def: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 01, 2010, 10:51:17 AM
We have fools in all sects, and imposters in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration, and style themselves evangelicals?  (Lord Byron)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 02, 2010, 11:46:14 AM
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 03, 2010, 12:30:01 PM
Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.  What has been the effect of coercion?  To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.  To support roguery and error all over the world.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 04, 2010, 01:12:29 PM
Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 05, 2010, 10:34:22 AM
Every step which the intelligence of Europe has taken has been in spite of the clerical party.  (Victor Hugo)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 06, 2010, 11:16:54 AM
"Faith may not be able to move mountains, but you should see what it can do to a couple of skyscrapers."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 07, 2010, 10:16:27 AM
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.  (James Baldwin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 08, 2010, 09:37:34 AM
Theology is a thing of unreason altogether, an edifice of assumptions and dreams, a superstructure without a substructure.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 09, 2010, 12:56:51 PM
The churches have no confidence in each other.  Why? ….because they are acquainted with each other.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 10, 2010, 01:20:55 PM
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 11, 2010, 04:00:30 PM
As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the word of god. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 12, 2010, 10:38:02 AM
Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope?  If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 13, 2010, 10:46:35 AM
Well I don't think we are for anything. We're just products of evolution. You can say “Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose.” But I am anticipating having a good lunch.  (James Watson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 14, 2010, 10:10:11 AM
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion.  (James Buchanan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 15, 2010, 09:09:51 AM
Religions are like glow worms: they need darkness in order to shine. A certain degree of general ignorance is the condition for the existence of any religion, the element in which alone it is able to live.  (Arthur Schopenhauer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 16, 2010, 10:44:30 AM
Question: How do you know you’re god?  Answer: Simple. When I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.  (Peter O'Toole)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 17, 2010, 02:22:23 PM
I wouldn't want my doctor thinking that intelligent design was an equally plausible hypothesis to evolution any more than I would want my airplane pilot believing in the flat earth.  (James Langer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 18, 2010, 12:44:34 PM
I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster.  (Henry David Thoreau)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 19, 2010, 11:31:13 AM
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.  I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 20, 2010, 11:30:11 AM
In the long run nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction which religion offers to both is all too palpable.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 21, 2010, 10:07:12 AM
Much of the Bible or the Quran is just life-destroying gibberish, and we just have to acknowledge this and cease to take these books seriously.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 22, 2010, 09:39:24 AM
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 23, 2010, 09:45:09 AM
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born in the first place?  (Katharine Whitehorn)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 24, 2010, 03:35:23 PM
I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of his children for their numerous stupidities, for which only he himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only his nonexistence could excuse him.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 25, 2010, 04:40:34 PM
I cannot be angry at god, in whom I do not believe.  (Simone de Beauvoir)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 26, 2010, 10:05:24 AM
Infidel; def:  In America, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 27, 2010, 10:04:06 AM
Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all.  (David J. Constable)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 28, 2010, 09:46:17 AM
There's never been anything, however absurd, that myriads of people weren't prepared to believe, often so passionately that they'd fight to the death rather than abandon their illusions. To me, that's a good operational definition of insanity.  (Arthur C. Clarke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 29, 2010, 02:11:11 PM
It is told that the great Angelo, in decorating the church, painted some angels wearing sandals. A cardinal looking at the picture said to the artist: “Whoever saw angels with sandals?” Angelo answered with another question: “Whoever saw an angel barefooted?”  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 30, 2010, 10:11:41 AM
If this is your god, he's not very impressive. He has so many psychological problems; he's so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.  (Gene Roddenberry)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 01, 2010, 02:33:54 PM
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 02, 2010, 02:37:24 PM
I would believe any religion that could prove it had existed since the beginning of the world. But when I see Socrates, Plato, Moses, Mohammed I do not think there is such a one. All religions owe their origin to man.  (Napoleon Bonaparte)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 03, 2010, 10:23:16 AM
The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you're terrified of death.  (Gore Vidal)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 04, 2010, 10:05:35 AM
In God We Trust.”  I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 05, 2010, 11:01:27 AM
It is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 06, 2010, 12:45:28 PM
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.  (Emily Dickinson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 07, 2010, 10:03:53 AM
Theology, by diverting the attention of men from this life to another, and by endeavoring to coerce all men into one religion, constantly preaching that this world is full of misery but the next world would be beautiful, or not, as the case may be, has forced on them the thought of fear, where otherwise there might have been the happy abandon of nature.  (Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 08, 2010, 10:26:42 AM
Rational Christians fell over themselves to make it plain that they were much too sensible to believe such fairytales….about god creating the world in six days.  What a preposterous suggestion!  Where was the science in that?  Everyone knew the story of Genesis was just a rhetorical flourish.  God created evolution.  Now, not a month later, the same Christians ask us to believe the story of Easter.  Attributing god's authorship to either version of creation events comes down to the same thing: you believe in a supernatural power.  Trying to defend religion by invoking science is like claiming that 3+4 equals ice cream.  (Decca Aitkenhead)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 10, 2010, 10:43:48 AM
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you want - than any book ever written. It has emptied more churches than all the counter attractions of cinema, motorcycle and golf course.  (A. A. Milne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 11, 2010, 11:51:26 AM
The Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless exactness. It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 12, 2010, 10:20:14 AM
Faith in God necessarily implies a lack of faith in humanity.  (Barbara G. Walker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 13, 2010, 10:27:21 AM
And then Man said:  “I create you, God, for I am fearful and superstitious.”  (Moronail.net)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 14, 2010, 10:58:30 AM
It is an absurdity to believe that the deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause.  (David Hume)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 15, 2010, 02:14:54 PM
Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, religion no longer offers an explanation for anything important.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 16, 2010, 04:45:47 PM
At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 17, 2010, 10:42:07 AM
Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 18, 2010, 11:37:14 AM
Religion does three things quite effectively: divides people, controls people, and deludes people.  (Carlespie McKinney)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 19, 2010, 11:15:37 AM
Our ability to cause ourselves harm is now spreading with 21st century efficiency, and yet we are still, to a remarkable degree, drawing our vision of how to live in this world from ancient literature.  This marriage of modern technology - destructive technology - and iron-age philosophy is a bad one.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2010, 10:25:08 AM
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.  Nowhere in the gospels do we find a precept for creeds, confessions, oaths, doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 21, 2010, 09:41:24 AM
"I believe because it's impossible".  (Tertullian ca. 150-160 — ca. 220-240, one of the writers of the early Christian Church)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 22, 2010, 02:22:05 PM
If you can't trust the Bible's history, how can you trust its morality?  (Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis)





(oh the irony)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 23, 2010, 01:42:29 PM
Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him.  Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98.  Could anything, anything be more ridiculous?  And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 24, 2010, 06:26:11 PM
Pretending to know things that you do not know is the lifeblood of religion.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2010, 09:48:23 AM
All my life I have made it a rule never to permit a religious man or woman take for granted that his or her religious beliefs deserved more consideration than non-religious beliefs or anti-religious ones.  I never agree with that foolish statement that I ought to respect the views of others when I believe them to be wrong.  (Chapman Cohen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 26, 2010, 10:12:55 AM
"The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished."  (Sheik Abdel-Aziz ibn Baaz, Saudi Arabia’s supreme religious authority, 1993-1999)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 27, 2010, 10:10:46 AM
Since 9/11 I am often asked if I still think we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.  The answer is:  Now more than ever!  (Ann Coulter)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 28, 2010, 09:50:26 AM
You can safely assume that you've created god in your own image when it turns out that god hates all the same people you do.  (Anne Lamott)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 29, 2010, 07:23:49 AM
I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue.  But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. There is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence.  (Carl Sagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 30, 2010, 03:50:01 PM
Critical thought seeks the humble acquisition of knowledge, while religion seeks the arrogant proclamation of dogma.  (Steven J. Hurlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 31, 2010, 10:35:09 AM
You can't really be scientifically literate if you don't understand evolution.  And you can't be an educated member of society if you don't understand science.  (Eugenie Scott)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 01, 2010, 10:48:46 AM
Actually, that's not a bad definition, when you look at the properties of love as best we know them: Love is all in your head, it has no objective existence. Love is not a person. It has no thoughts, no ideals, and no personality of its own. Love is generally claimed to be a good thing, but people often do some very nasty and evil things in the name of love. Love did not create the world, did not create people, etc.  Now just replace the word 'love' with the word 'god' in the above sentences about love, and you will see that saying that 'god is love' is actually a statement of strong atheism.  (Abner Mintz)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 02, 2010, 10:31:10 AM
None of the miracles with which ancient histories are filled, occurred under scientific conditions. Observation, never once contradicted, teaches us that miracles occur only in periods and countries in which they are believed in, and before persons disposed to believe in them.  (Ernest Renan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 03, 2010, 10:36:29 AM
There is nothing that an atheist needs to believe on insufficient evidence in order to reject the biblical god.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 04, 2010, 10:51:40 AM
Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told.  Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right.  (Larry Mundinger)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 05, 2010, 09:59:54 AM
It is a terrible commentary on Christian civilization that the longest period of slave-raiding known to history was initiated by the action of Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and Britain, after the Christian faith had for more than a thousand years been the established religion of Europe.  (H.A.L. Fisher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 06, 2010, 11:50:10 AM
"Intelligent Design" - Helping stupid people feel smart since 1987.
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 07, 2010, 01:29:37 PM
Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 09, 2010, 09:11:11 AM
The theist must present an intelligible description of god.  Until he does so, god makes no more sense than “unie”; both are cognitively empty, and any attempt at proof is logically absurd.  (George H. Smith)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 10, 2010, 10:45:20 AM
Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supplied no major premises.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 11, 2010, 08:54:01 AM
All religious beliefs seem weird to people not brought up in them.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 12, 2010, 07:59:06 AM
The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 13, 2010, 10:50:02 AM
I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our almighty creator.  By fighting the Jews, I am doing the Lord's work.
(Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 65)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 14, 2010, 02:02:04 PM
All religions have this in common, that they are an outrage to common sense, for they are pieced together out of a variety of elements, some of which seem so unworthy, sordid, and at odds with mans reason that any strong and vigorous intelligence laughs at them.  (Pierre Charron)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 15, 2010, 10:02:33 AM
The Bible: One half of it tells you to kill people who love you, and the other half tells you to love people who kill you.  (Cully Loden)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 16, 2010, 11:19:09 AM
Stripping away the irrational, the illogical, and the impossible, I am left with atheism.  I can live with that.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 17, 2010, 12:14:59 PM
Only those who have lived all their lives under the dark clouds of vague, undefined fears can appreciate the joy of a doubting soul suddenly born into the kingdom of reason and free thought.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

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Post by: Star Stuff on June 18, 2010, 11:16:27 AM
I detest the Bible as I detest everything that is cruel.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 19, 2010, 01:18:49 PM
If you believe that there is a god, a god that made your body, and yet you think that you can do anything with that body that's “dirty”, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.  (Lenny Bruce)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 21, 2010, 09:02:29 AM
From the point of view of a tape worm, man was created by god to serve the appetite of the tape worm.  (Edward Abbey)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 22, 2010, 08:11:27 AM
The peak of tolerance is most readily achieved by those who are not burdened by convictions.  (Alexander Chase)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 23, 2010, 11:08:17 AM
All great religions, in order to escape absurdity, have to admit a dilution of agnosticism.  It is only the savage, whether of the African bush or the American gospel tent, who pretends to know the will and intent of God exactly and completely.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 24, 2010, 10:24:13 AM
You want to understand God and the world around you through science and logic alone, and because you cannot come up with a "reasonable" explanation for what they ate when leaving the ark, you dismiss it.  (Random Fundie)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 27, 2010, 09:59:26 AM
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.  (William Shakespeare)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 28, 2010, 09:29:35 AM
Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 29, 2010, 11:04:17 AM
Like every other man of intelligence and education, I accept organic evolution as fact. It
surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.

(Woodrow Wilson - 1922)


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Post by: Star Stuff on June 30, 2010, 09:29:24 AM
Two great European narcotics: alcohol and Christianity.  (Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 01, 2010, 11:56:28 AM
Religion attacks us in our deepest integrity, the core of our self-respect.  Religion says that we would not know right from wrong, we would not know an evil, wicked act from a decent human act without divine permission, without divine authority or without, even worse, either the fear of a divine punishment or the hope of a divine reward.  It strips us of the right to make our own determination, as all humans always have, about what is and what is not a right human action.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 03, 2010, 04:05:45 PM
If faith is 'believing what you are told', religious ethics is 'doing what you are told'.  (John B. Hodges)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 04, 2010, 01:59:46 PM
Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can and does not want to.
If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent.
If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked.
If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?

(Epicurus)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 05, 2010, 11:45:04 AM
In childhood our credulity serves us well.  It helps us to pack, with extraordinary rapidity, our skulls full of the wisdom of our parents and our ancestors.  But if we don't grow out of it in the fullness of time, our nature makes us a sitting target for astrologers, mediums, gurus, evangelists, and quacks.  We need to replace the automatic credulity of childhood with the constructive skepticism of adult science.

(Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 06, 2010, 11:12:17 AM
I've seen some preachers on TV in a shirt and a tie and a vest.  They say to send your money to the Lord, but they give you their address.  (Hank Williams, Jr)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 07, 2010, 12:42:57 PM
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.  Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity.  It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 08, 2010, 08:41:02 AM
Atheist n:  A person to be pitied in that he is unable to believe things for which there is no evidence, and who has thus deprived himself of a convenient means of feeling superior to others.  (Chaz Bufe)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 10, 2010, 06:30:14 PM
One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious.  We should not retreat from this accomplishment.  (Steven Weinberg)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 11, 2010, 02:33:44 PM
When people expect God to plan their lives for them, and protect them, they tend to lose their motivation to guide and control their own lives.  (Charles W. Faulkner)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 12, 2010, 10:10:14 AM
I can not imagine a God made happy by my getting down on my knees and calling him great.  (Susan B. Anthony)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 13, 2010, 11:11:29 AM
The God of hell should be held in loathing, contempt and scorn.  A god who threatens eternal pain should be hated, not loved; cursed, not worshipped.  A heaven presided over by such a god must be below the meanest hell.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 14, 2010, 09:11:53 AM
An actually existent fly is more important than a possibly existent angel. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 15, 2010, 09:46:29 AM
The story of redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple, by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 16, 2010, 11:49:27 AM
The world looks like it was designed.  Of course, the Sun also looks like it goes around the Earth.  It is only thru science that we know that both of these perceptions are wrong.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 17, 2010, 06:08:44 PM
I believe that an orderly universe, one indifferent to human preoccupations which everything has an explanation even if we still have a long way to go before we find it, is a more beautiful, more wonderful place than a universe tricked out with capricious ad hoc magic.  (Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 18, 2010, 08:19:30 PM
I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.  (Doug Macleod)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 19, 2010, 10:58:39 AM
Believing is easier than thinking. Hence, so many more believers than thinkers.  (Bruce Calvert)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2010, 07:58:54 AM
The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en mass what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2010, 10:05:47 AM
The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.  (George Washington)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 27, 2010, 09:16:48 AM
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.  (Blaise Pascal)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 28, 2010, 11:00:54 AM
The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 29, 2010, 11:19:04 AM
Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a great deity.  More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals.  (Charles Darwin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 30, 2010, 10:24:50 AM
The National Government will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built.  It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.  (Adolf Hitler, Berlin, 1933, first radio address after coming to power)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 31, 2010, 09:51:58 PM
Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship god, but to create him. (Arthur C. Clarke)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 03, 2010, 10:50:22 AM
This nation of ours was not founded on Christian principles.  (John Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 04, 2010, 11:01:30 AM
The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.  (Bishop John Shelby Spong)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 05, 2010, 04:20:39 PM
What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 06, 2010, 10:35:17 AM
There are a lot of legislators who are afraid that kids will learn science and lose their faith.  (Lawrence Krauss)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 07, 2010, 01:45:56 PM
Science seeks to draw a conclusion from the evidence at hand, while religion seeks to find evidence for a conclusion at hand.  (Steven J. Hurlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 08, 2010, 01:46:56 PM
The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it; and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine.  In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds.  It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 09, 2010, 05:23:21 PM
In response to:  “You cannot make up god just as you cannot make up a periodic table to suit your own wishes.”

Then can you explain why there are thousands of gods accepted by different religious people, but only one periodic table accepted by different scientists?
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 10, 2010, 10:08:21 AM
Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life except religion. Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering our “godly gift” of reason when we cross their mental thresholds?  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 11, 2010, 10:19:31 AM
Religions are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 12, 2010, 12:30:14 PM
If we were made in his image, then why aren't humans invisible too?
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2010, 09:18:32 PM
While traveling near Tampa, Florida I passed the "Jehovah's Witness Assembly Hall" and was struck by the fact that that must be where they make them.  (Gene Spafford)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 16, 2010, 09:54:55 AM
If one has belief, knowledge is lacking.  If one has knowledge, belief is unnecessary.  (David Eller, Atheism Advanced)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 17, 2010, 10:05:11 AM
Now it seems that everything in the world stems from sources other than God, since the products of nature have their source in nature; deliberate effects can be traced back to human reason or will as their source.  There is no need then to assume that God exists.  (Thomas Aquinas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 18, 2010, 11:22:28 AM
No gods. No mullets.
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 19, 2010, 01:32:28 PM
The intellectual advancement of man depends on how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 20, 2010, 11:33:35 AM
If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why even erect temples to him?  (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 21, 2010, 04:10:08 PM
I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards.  (Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate)


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Post by: Star Stuff on August 22, 2010, 02:04:17 PM
It is a remarkable coincidence that almost everyone has the same religion as their parents and it always just so happens they’re the right religion.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 23, 2010, 10:29:50 AM
Most sermons sound to me like commercials, but I can't make out whether god is the sponsor or the product.  (Mignon McLaughlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 24, 2010, 06:05:48 PM
I think that religion is the most dangerous and divisive ideology that we have ever produced.  It is also the only ideology that is systematically protected from criticism, both from within and without.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2010, 10:34:46 AM
The objective is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the non-existence of God.  From there people are introduced to the truth of the Bible and then the question of sin and finally introduced to Jesus.  (Phillip Johnson, creator of the idea of Intelligent Design)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 26, 2010, 12:01:55 PM
Beware of the man of one book.  (Thomas Aquinas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 27, 2010, 11:47:23 AM
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.
Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 28, 2010, 02:24:24 PM
What I conclude is that religion has nothing to do with experience or reason but with deep and irrational needs.  (Richard Taylor)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 29, 2010, 03:41:06 PM
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 30, 2010, 07:32:49 PM
What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church? A lie out of necessity; a useful lie; a helpful lie. Such lies would not be against God, he would accept them.  (Martin Luther)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 31, 2010, 10:41:26 AM
There is absolutely no scientific basis or evidence for 'intelligent design.'  It is simply a religious assertion, and it has no place in a science course.  (biologist David Hillis of the University of Texas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 01, 2010, 10:37:37 AM
Religion is poison because it asks us to give up our most precious faculty, which is that of reason, and to believe things without evidence.  It then asks us to respect this, which it calls faith.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 03, 2010, 10:06:49 AM
It is not hardness of heart or evil passions that drive individuals to atheism, but rather a scrupulous intellectual honesty.  (Steve Allen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 04, 2010, 01:52:39 PM
Christians, it is needless to say, utterly detest each other. They slander each other constantly with the vilest forms of abuse and cannot come to any sort of agreement in their teaching. Each sect brands its own, fills the head of its own with deceitful nonsense, and makes perfect little pigs of those it wins over to its side.  (Celsus, 2nd Century C.E.)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 06, 2010, 01:33:55 PM
I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.  I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.  Yes, hate is good. Our goal is a Christian nation.  We have a Biblical duty.  We are called by God to conquer this country.  We don't want equal time.  We don't want pluralism.  (Randall Terry)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 07, 2010, 11:14:33 AM
The United States Constitutional Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 08, 2010, 03:42:38 PM
What could be more foolish than to base one's entire view of life on ideas that, however plausible at the time, now appear to be quite erroneous?  And what would be more important than to find our true place in the universe by removing one by one these unfortunate vestiges of earlier beliefs?  (Francis Crick)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 09, 2010, 11:07:45 AM
This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 10, 2010, 10:44:57 AM
Whatever their imagined source, the doctrines of modern religions are no more tenable than those which, for lack of adherents, were cast upon the scrap heap of mythology millennia ago. (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 11, 2010, 02:23:23 PM
Do not let yourself be deceived: great intellects are skeptical.  (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 12, 2010, 06:34:31 PM
Too much doubt is better than too much credulity.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 13, 2010, 10:13:17 AM
I do not fear death, in view of the fact that I was dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and did not suffer the slightest inconvenience from it.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 14, 2010, 09:17:10 AM
Ignorance is not not knowin'.  Ignorance is knowin' what ain't so.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 15, 2010, 10:56:41 AM
If you believe that the Koran is the wisest book ever written, civilized society has a problem with you, because when you read this book, it's a manifesto for religious intolerance.  There are a few lines in there that talk about the virtues of patience and charity, that is true, but in general this book is just stocked stem to stern with a genuinely theocratic, genuinely intolerant hate of unbelievers.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 16, 2010, 10:58:01 AM
After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.  (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 17, 2010, 11:03:56 AM
Jehovah is certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty.  (Mikhail Bakunin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 18, 2010, 04:09:20 PM
If you must believe in anything, believe in yourselves, in your senses, in your minds.  To accept a religious creed is to accept another mind in place of your own and generally contrary to your own.  When religious belief comes in brains go out.  (Marrila M. Ricker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 19, 2010, 01:16:12 PM
Religion is insanity by consensus.  (Bill Maher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 20, 2010, 12:29:52 PM
Those who get instructions directly from the almighty are twice blessed.  They get their orders from the highest authority, and the orders are always to do what they would have done anyway.  (Harley Sorensen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 21, 2010, 04:12:39 PM
God gave us the earth.  We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours.  Take it.  Rape it.  It's yours.'  (Ann Coulter)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2010, 11:02:11 AM
Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason.  (Martin Luther)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 23, 2010, 11:40:10 AM
You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2010, 10:05:32 AM
Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church.
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 25, 2010, 02:56:09 PM
When I was in Ireland performing my one-man show I told the audience I was an atheist and a woman got up and said, “Yes but is it the god of the Catholics or the god of the Protestants in whom you do not believe?”  (Quentin Crisp)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2010, 12:30:34 PM
Religion is not so bad, unless you believe it.  (David Eller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2010, 10:59:08 AM
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.  (Theodosius Dobzhansky)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2010, 08:33:31 AM
This is a great one:


Strange a god who mouths golden rules and forgiveness, then invented hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship Him!  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2010, 11:25:50 AM
I'm completely in favor of the separation of church and state.  My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.  (George Carlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 30, 2010, 09:05:04 AM
The most curious social convention of the great age in which we live is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 01, 2010, 08:49:48 AM
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind; that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2010, 09:20:50 AM
To talk of immaterial existences, is to talk of nothings.  To say that the human soul, angels, God are immaterial is to say, they are nothings, or that there is no God, no angels, no soul.  I cannot reason otherwise. I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by [John] Locke.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 04, 2010, 10:18:59 AM
I believe God created the world for a purpose.  The designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God.  (William Dembski, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 05, 2010, 01:21:46 PM
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead. But to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.  (William Lloyd Garrison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 06, 2010, 09:36:59 AM
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 08, 2010, 12:28:19 PM
The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out your Candle.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 09, 2010, 11:03:41 AM
Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith.  I consider the capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.  (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 10, 2010, 11:55:09 AM
I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.  (Isaac Asimov)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 11, 2010, 08:33:00 AM
It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of religion, that we shall discover truth, reason, and morality.  (Baron d’Holbach)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 12, 2010, 10:47:14 AM
From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end. Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.  (G. K. Chesterton)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 13, 2010, 10:55:33 AM
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 14, 2010, 11:32:51 AM
'Atheism' is really a term we do not need the same way that we don't have a word for someone who is not an astrologer.  All religious people are atheists with respect to everyone else's religion.  We are all atheists with respect to the thousands of dead gods that lie in that mass grave we call mythology.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 15, 2010, 05:58:26 PM
Question with boldness even the existence of god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 17, 2010, 05:20:49 PM
All religions promise a reward beyond this life in eternity for excellences of the will or of the heart, but none for the excellences of the head, of the understanding.  (Arthur Schopenhauer)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 19, 2010, 11:04:55 AM
My own view on religion is that of Lucretius.  I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 20, 2010, 10:33:48 AM
Man is a marvelous curiosity.  He thinks he is the creator's pet.  He even believes the creator loves him; has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes, and watch over him and keep him out of trouble.  He prays to him, and thinks he listens.  Isn't it a quaint idea?  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 21, 2010, 10:50:26 AM
There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.  (Havelock Ellis)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 22, 2010, 10:26:57 AM
It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress.  No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, heretic, or an unbeliever.  (Daniel Boorstin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 23, 2010, 10:07:11 AM
Some like to understand what they believe in, others like to believe in what they understand.  (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 24, 2010, 02:07:46 PM
Those who take refuge behind theological barbed wire fences, quite often wish they could have more freedom of thought, but fear the change to the great ocean of scientific truth as they would a cold bath plunge.  (Luther Burbank)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 25, 2010, 10:16:45 AM
Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 26, 2010, 10:18:56 AM
I cannot believe in a god who has neither humour nor common sense.  (W. Sommerset Maugham)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 27, 2010, 10:16:05 AM
Theology is an attempt to explain the subject by men who do not understand it.  The intent is not to tell the truth, but to satisfy the questioner.  (Elbert Hubbard)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 28, 2010, 10:01:59 AM
If god created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 29, 2010, 10:23:17 AM
If the life span of the earth to date, (roughly 4.5 billion years), was represented by the Eiffel Tower, humanity would be represented by the thickness of the paint on the little ball on top.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 30, 2010, 01:50:40 PM
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public trust under the United States.  (from Article VI of the U.S. Constitution)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 31, 2010, 02:43:51 PM
On balance, the moral influence of religion has been awful.  (Steven Weinberg)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 01, 2010, 10:45:25 AM
One of the monumental ironies of religious discourse can be appreciated is the frequency with which people of faith praise themselves for their humility while condemning scientists and other non-believers for their intellectual arrogance.  There is fact, no worldview more reprehensible in its arrogance than that of a religious believer: 'the creator of the universe takes an interest in me, loves me, and will reward me after death; my current beliefs, drawn from scripture, will remain as the best statement of the truth until the end of the world; everyone who disagrees with me will spend an eternity in hell....'  An average Christian an average church, listening to an average Sunday sermon has achieved a level of arrogance simply unimaginable in scientific discourse — and there have been some extremely arrogant scientists.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 02, 2010, 05:28:26 PM
There is no justification for the common claim that Christianity was responsible for the abolition of slavery.  The Negro slave trade – a far more infamous practice than slavery in the ancient world – was initiated, carried on and defended by Christian men in Christian countries.  (Margaret Knight)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 03, 2010, 01:41:32 PM
There is no society in history that has ever suffered because its population became too reasonable, too reluctant to embrace dogma, too demanding of evidence.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 04, 2010, 05:01:37 PM
Another meme of the religious meme complex is called faith.  It means blind trust the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence.  The story of Doubting Thomas is told, not so that we shall admire Thomas, but so that we can admire the other apostles in comparison.  Thomas demanded evidence.  Nothing is more lethal for certain kinds of meme than a tendency to look for evidence.  The other apostles, whose faith was so strong that they did not need evidence, are held up to us as worthy of imitation.  The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.  (Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 05, 2010, 10:28:30 AM
People who want to share their religious views with you never want you to share yours with them.  (Dave Barry)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 08, 2010, 11:37:21 AM
People who believe they are acting with the mandate of God, who see others who don't share their beliefs as inferior in the eyes of God, make dangerous leaders.  Just ask Osama Bin Laden.  (Ron Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 09, 2010, 11:23:00 AM
You talk to God, you're religious.  God talks to you, you're psychotic.  (Gregory House)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 10, 2010, 08:39:36 PM
Religion provides the solace for the turmoil that it creates.  (Byron Danelius)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 12, 2010, 11:10:47 AM
After all, there are crucial distinctions between wanting something to be true, having strong faith in something being true, experiencing it as being true, and it actually being true.  Why should anyone suppose that, absent some external independent validation, the experience of being grasped by god is evidence for god?  (Tom Clark)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 13, 2010, 12:37:15 PM
The religion of one age is literally entertainment of the next.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 14, 2010, 05:40:50 PM
The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with any of the superstitions of the Christian religion.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 15, 2010, 05:50:17 PM
The Bible. That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 16, 2010, 12:35:04 PM
God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 17, 2010, 11:48:56 AM
Religion is regarded either common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful.  (Seneca the Younger)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 18, 2010, 11:28:22 AM
True believers are continually shown by reality that their god doesn't exist, but have developed extensive coping mechanisms to deal with this cognitive dissonance.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 19, 2010, 01:27:58 PM
"Worship me or I will torture you forever. Have a nice day." - God.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 20, 2010, 03:10:18 PM
Religion: a large popular cult.
Cult: a small unpopular religion.
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 21, 2010, 12:18:44 PM
Mystical explanations are considered deep.  The truth is that they are not even superficial.  (Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 22, 2010, 11:16:11 AM
If Christian people work together, they can succeed during this decade in winning back control of the institutions that have been taken from them over the past 70 years.  Expect confrontations that will be not only unpleasant but at times physically bloody.  When it is over, I am convinced God’s people will emerge victorious.  (Reverend Pat Robertson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 23, 2010, 11:09:54 AM
Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking.  It's nothing to brag about; and those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned so much lunacy and destruction.  (Bill Maher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 24, 2010, 12:46:30 PM
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 25, 2010, 11:29:06 AM
There is a profound difference between having good reasons for believing something, and simply wanting to believe it.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 26, 2010, 11:20:29 AM
The so-called Christian nations are the most enlightened and progressive, but in spite of their religion, not because of it.  The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetic in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve.  And every step in astronomy and geology ever taken has been opposed by bigotry and superstition.  The Greeks surpassed us in artistic culture and in architecture five hundred years before Christian religion was born.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 28, 2010, 09:33:00 AM
I'm a strong atheist.  I believe that gods are by definition supernatural beings, that the supernatural by definition violates natural law, violating natural law is by definition impossible, and impossible things by definition can't exist.  (James Huber)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 29, 2010, 10:59:13 AM
Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.  (Carl Sagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 30, 2010, 11:22:28 AM
The whole scheme of Christian Salvation is diabolical as revealed by the creeds. An angry God, imagine such a creator of the universe. Angry at what he knew was coming and was himself responsible for. Then he sets himself about to beget a son, in order that the child should beg him to forgive the Sinner. This however he cannot or will not do. He must punish somebody--so the son offers himself up & our creator punishes the innocent youth, never heard of before--for the guilty and became reconciled to us. . . . . I decline to accept Salvation from such a fiend.”  (Andrew Carnegie, to Sir James Donaldson, Principal of St. Andrews University, June 1, 1905. Letters (except to Haldane) in Library of Congress collection, cited by Joseph Frazier Wall, Andrew Carnegie, 1970).
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 01, 2010, 11:46:56 AM
Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.  They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously.  (Samuel Butler)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 02, 2010, 08:53:06 AM
Being a conservative in America traditionally has meant that one holds a deep, abiding respect for the Constitution.  We conservatives believe sincerely in the integrity of the Constitution.  We treasure the freedom that document protects. By maintaining the separation of church and state, the United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars.  Throughout our two hundred plus years, public policy debate has focused on political and economic issues, on which there can be compromise.  The great decisions of government cannot be dictated by the concerns of religious factions.  This was true in the days of Madison, and it is just as true today.  We have succeeded for 205 years in keeping the affairs of state separate from the uncompromising idealism of religious groups and we mustn't stop now.  To retreat from that separation would violate the principles of conservatism and the values upon which the framers built this democratic republic.  (Barry Goldwater)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 06, 2010, 05:02:03 PM
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 07, 2010, 11:19:43 AM
Kill a man, and you are an assassin.  Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror.  Kill everyone, and you are a god.  (Jean Rostand)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 08, 2010, 10:50:26 AM
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.  Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.  (Albert Einstein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 09, 2010, 10:16:38 AM
My religious superstition gave place to rational ideas based on scientific facts, and in proportion as I looked at everything from a new standpoint, I grew more happy day by day.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 10, 2010, 09:30:08 AM
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.  (Isaac Asimov)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 11, 2010, 05:10:46 PM
The hope for life after death must be separated forever from the behavior control mentality of reward and punishment.  The Church must abandon, therefore, its reliance on guilt as a motivator of behavior.  (Bishop John Shelby Spong)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 12, 2010, 11:00:21 AM
Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view.  Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning.  (Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 13, 2010, 11:10:39 AM
The world is divided into armed camps, ready to commit genocide just because we can not agree on which fairy tales to believe.  In the end, religion will kill us all.  (Ed Kerbs)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 15, 2010, 09:35:43 AM
God himself shows little respect for what is best in the Bible.  He commands 'Thou shalt not kill', and then promptly orders the killing of many thousands.  Moses condemns human sacrifice but God demands the sacrifice of Isaac and accepts that of Jephthah's daughter.  Jesus preaches 'whoever shall say 'you fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire', but shortly after this, rages at the Pharisees saying 'you fools!'  (Prof Carl Lofmark)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 16, 2010, 09:29:34 AM
The time to be happy is now.  The place to be happy is here.  The way to be happy is to try to make others so.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 17, 2010, 08:27:51 AM
Certainty about the next life is simply incompatible with tolerance in this one.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 18, 2010, 09:49:07 AM
When 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)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 19, 2010, 09:51:19 AM
He who is involved in ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for reality, and his own imagination for prophesy, is a fanatical novice of great hope and promise, and will soon advance to the higher stage and kill men for the love of God.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 20, 2010, 10:46:29 AM
I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one.  (Albert Einstein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 21, 2010, 10:27:54 AM
Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights.  Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself.  Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state,' therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 22, 2010, 10:54:23 AM
What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.  (Alice Walker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 23, 2010, 10:56:19 AM
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.  (Francis Bacon)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 24, 2010, 11:55:55 AM
The most serious demand for unquestioned belief is, of course, the atonement.  First the believer is to suspend familiar notions of justice, such as punishment for the guilty as opposed to an innocent party.  You are then expected to accept the necessity of blood sacrifice for sin; that wrongdoing must be paid for, and not necessarily in proportion to the crime.  A father's sacrifice of his innocent son is supposed to be not only just but generous and wonderful.  Then the temporary three-day death of this one person is supposed to wipe out all the wrongdoing and ineptitude of a species.  And finally, you should believe that all you need do to erase responsibility for your actions and enter a haven of eternal reward is to believe.  It's no wonder that once a convert has wrapped his or her mind around this story, anything can be accepted as truth.  The rest of fundamentalist doctrine can be easily swallowed, including Jonah.  (Marlene Winell, Leaving the Fold)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 25, 2010, 11:27:31 AM
I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightful mess of the Christian religion. If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of societies admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?  (Ruth Hurmence Green)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 26, 2010, 01:38:11 PM
And so the violence continued century after century, fired by a spirit which gloated with vindictive piety over the suffering of burning heretics on earth with superhuman malice upon their imagined suffering beyond the grave.  (Mark Mason)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 27, 2010, 12:22:02 PM
Faith is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 28, 2010, 12:29:53 PM
All institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 29, 2010, 02:46:57 PM
Praying is politically correct schizophrenia.
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 30, 2010, 12:30:59 PM
Our species will never run out of fools but I dare say that there have been at least as many credulous idiots who professed faith in god as there have been dolts and simpletons who concluded otherwise.  It might be immodest to suggest that that the odds rather favor the intelligence and curiosity of the atheists, but it is the case that some humans have always noticed the improbability of god, the evil done in his name, the likelihood that he is man-made, and the availability of less harmful alternative beliefs.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 31, 2010, 02:37:08 PM
Science has done more for the development of Western civilization in 100 years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred.  (John Burroughs)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 01, 2011, 01:30:59 PM
Once miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.  (Johannes Kepler)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 02, 2011, 08:53:52 AM
A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.  (James K. Feibleman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 03, 2011, 11:00:21 AM
There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger.  This is the disease of curiosity.  It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn.  (St. Augustine, 354 - 430, one of the "great" church fathers)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 04, 2011, 11:51:33 AM
It cannot be emphasized too strongly that Christianity has a vested interest in human misery.  Christianity, perhaps more than any religion before or since, capitalized on human suffering; and it was enormously successful in insuring its own existence through the perpetuation of human suffering.  (George H. Smith)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 05, 2011, 10:29:45 AM
God should be executed for crimes against humanity.
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 06, 2011, 11:16:22 AM
When we talk to God, we're praying.  When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic.  (Lily Tomlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 07, 2011, 10:33:56 AM
In contradiction to the Bible, the First Amendment to our Constitution gives us the right to worship gods (or not), work on Sunday (or not), and say what we wish about the various gods.  The Constitution, conceived by what may be the most brilliant and visionary group of men ever assembled, must take precedence over a book compiled by self-serving peoples of ancient cultures.  (David Miles)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 08, 2011, 08:43:15 PM
Regardless of whether or not you belong to a majority religion, in the United States you may not impose your theology on civil law.  (Lori Lipman Brown)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 09, 2011, 09:39:08 AM
The Spanish Inquisition: The original faith-based initiative.
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 10, 2011, 10:36:34 AM
What a queer thing is Christian salvation!  Believing in firemen will not save a burning house; believing in doctors will not make one well, but believing in a savior saves men.  Fudge!  (Lemuel Washburn)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 11, 2011, 07:18:02 PM
A great many people think they are thinking, when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.  (William James)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 12, 2011, 11:49:11 AM
There is not a single contemporary historical mention of Jesus, not by Romans or by Jews, not by believers or by unbelievers, during his entire lifetime.  This does not disprove his existence, but it certainly casts great doubt on the historicity of a man who was supposedly widely known to have made a great impact on the world.  Someone should have noticed.  (Dan Barker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 13, 2011, 11:59:10 AM
Religious beliefs worthy of respect are the product of free and voluntary choice by the faithful.  Government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion.  (Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 14, 2011, 11:17:28 AM
Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie?  We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time; it is, therefore, at least millions to one, that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 15, 2011, 03:02:57 PM
If cows and horses had hands and could draw, cows would draw gods that look like cows and horses would draw gods that look like horses.  (Xenophanes, Greek philosopher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 16, 2011, 02:37:56 PM
Eyes are of little use if the mind is blind.
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 17, 2011, 12:32:18 PM
God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, it says so right here on the label.  If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you.  No checks, please.  Cash and in small bills.  (Robert Heinlein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 18, 2011, 01:19:22 PM
If 'god' is a metaphysical term, then it cannot be even probable that a god exists.  For to say that 'God exists' is to make a metaphysical utterance which cannot be either true or false.  And by the same criterion, no sentence which purports to describe the nature of a transcendent god can possess any literal significance.  (A.J. Ayer)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 19, 2011, 11:43:10 AM
The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.  (Herb Caen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 20, 2011, 10:59:48 AM
The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.  (George Santayana)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 21, 2011, 11:04:56 AM
All prayers die in the air which they uselessly agitate.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 22, 2011, 04:36:50 PM
When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the deity knows than at what he doesn't know.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 23, 2011, 10:56:39 AM
In "The Good Book", Mosaic Law orders us to kill anyone who worships a different god, kill anyone who worships idols, kill anyone who blasphemes, kill anyone who works on Saturday, kill anyone who dishonors their parents, kill anyone who commits adultery, kill any woman who has sex before marriage, kill anyone who steals a slave, kill anyone who has homosexual sex, and wage genocidal war against any city that allows religious liberty. (see Deuteronomy 13)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 24, 2011, 01:44:30 PM
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2011, 11:08:00 AM
We may define faith as the firm belief in something for which there is no evidence.  Where there is evidence, no one speaks of faith.  We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round.  We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.  The substitution of emotion for evidence is apt to lead to strife, since different groups, substitute different emotions.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 26, 2011, 11:53:36 AM
I have found Christian dogma unintelligible.  Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 27, 2011, 10:41:15 AM
The atheist preserves his reason, which checks his propensity to mischief, while the fanatic is under the influence of the madness which is constantly urging him on.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 28, 2011, 04:06:25 PM
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.  (Ethan Allen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 29, 2011, 09:38:09 AM
The answer to the ancient question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ would then be that ‘nothing’ is unstable.  (Nobel laureate physicist Frank Wilczek)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 30, 2011, 02:18:16 PM
All of science is built on territory once occupied by gods.  Is there some boundary at which science is supposed to stop?  (Bob Parks, University of Maryland)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 31, 2011, 01:07:38 PM
Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise.  Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.  (C. Dennis McKinsey, Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 01, 2011, 11:06:06 AM
If you are comfortable with a lie, you will never look for the truth.  (Anon)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 02, 2011, 02:55:58 PM
Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all.  (Gene Roddenberry)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 03, 2011, 11:27:50 AM
Think about it.  Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.  And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.  And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! ….But he loves you.  He loves you, and he needs money!  He always needs money!  He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!  Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.  Now, you talk about a good bullshit story.  Holy Shit!  (George Carlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 04, 2011, 11:27:07 AM
All it takes for America to become a theocracy is for nonbelievers to do nothing.  (Judith Hayes)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 05, 2011, 11:57:53 AM
If the founder of Christianity had plainly said: “It is not necessary to believe in order to be saved; it is only necessary to do, and he who really loves his fellow men, who is kind, honest, just and charitable, is to be forever blessed”.  If he had only said that, there would probably have been but little persecution.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 06, 2011, 11:49:54 AM
You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world.  I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 07, 2011, 10:29:46 AM
Science has opened our eyes to the vastness of the universe, and given us light, truth, and freedom from fear where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition.  (Luther Burbank)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 08, 2011, 11:12:11 AM
What's the difference between the Lone Ranger and God?  There really is a Lone Ranger.  (Edward Abbey)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 09, 2011, 11:47:01 AM
I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government.  (Andrew Jackson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2011, 11:21:07 AM
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.  (Douglas Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 11, 2011, 10:55:55 AM
The danger of religious faith is that it allows otherwise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness and consider them holy.  Because each new generation of children is taught that religious propositions need not be justified in the way that all others must, civilization is still besieged by the armies of the preposterous.  We are, even now, killing ourselves over ancient literature.  Who could have thought something so tragically absurd could be possible?  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 12, 2011, 12:02:41 PM
Blasphemy?  No, it is not blasphemy.  If God is as vast as that, he is above blasphemy; if he is as little as that, he is beneath it.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 14, 2011, 03:58:42 PM
What is there to be said about a church which certainly promises its believers eternal salvation, but at the same time condemns the non-believers, all those who think differently, to an eternal torment in hell?  If that church absolutely must talk about love, then it should do so very quietly.
(Arnulf Øverland)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 15, 2011, 11:40:09 AM
Let's not forget that the first holocaust took place not in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, or Poland, but on the cotton fields of Christian America, the gold mines of Catholic Brazil, and the sugar plantations of the Caribbean.  One and a half million negroes died in transit from their homeland.  We don't know how many were worked, whipped, tortured, hanged or beaten to death but the ultimate toll was considerably greater than the combined toll in Auswitz, Belsen and the like.  We're talking about the Christian holocaust.  (OzHeretic)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 16, 2011, 11:35:31 AM
Have courage to use your own reason! - That is the motto of enlightenment.  (Immanuel Kant)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 17, 2011, 10:40:28 AM
An atheist is a man who destroys chimeras harmful to the human race, in order to lead men back to nature, to experience, and to reason.  (Baron D. Holbach)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 18, 2011, 11:16:04 AM
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists; that is why they invented hell.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 20, 2011, 09:38:35 AM
When missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible, and we the natives, had the land. They said, “Let us pray,” and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, they now had the land and we had the Bible.  (Desmond Tutu)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 21, 2011, 10:31:51 AM
We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition. In this enlightened age and in this land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.  (George Washington)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 22, 2011, 11:18:40 AM
Christianity cannot erase man's need for pleasure, nor can it eradicate the various sources of pleasure.  What it can do, however, and what it has been extremely effective in accomplishing, is to inculcate guilt in connection with pleasure.  The pursuit of pleasure, when accompanied by guilt, becomes a means of perpetuating chronic guilt, and this serves to reinforce one's dependence on God.  (George H. Smith)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 23, 2011, 11:27:26 AM
In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality.  (Clarence Darrow)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 24, 2011, 12:35:02 PM
Science put a spacecraft on the moon; religion put an airplane in a skyscraper.
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 25, 2011, 11:49:48 AM
"When someone tells you that you are not thinking positive, they usually want you to be voluntarily ignorant"
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 26, 2011, 12:05:25 PM
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.  (Robert A. Heinlein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 27, 2011, 12:17:18 PM
The kindly God who lovingly fashioned each and every one of us and sprinkled the sky with shining stars for our delight -- that God is, like Santa Claus, a myth of childhood, not anything that a sane, undeluded adult could literally believe in.  That God must either be turned into a symbol for something less concrete or abandoned.  (Daniel Dennett)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 28, 2011, 10:55:23 AM
Faith is believing things by definition which are not justified by reason. If it were justified by reason, it wouldn't be faith.  (Colin McGinn)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 01, 2011, 01:02:58 PM
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion has divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.  (James Madison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 02, 2011, 11:22:30 AM
Response to: “You’re just angry at God”

If one is angry at god, then one is not an atheist.
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 03, 2011, 12:14:09 PM
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross.  Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!  (John Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 04, 2011, 11:16:10 AM
When religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people about their food, it looks as if they had not much of either among them.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 05, 2011, 03:04:10 PM
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.  (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 07, 2011, 10:43:39 AM
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.  (Jules Renard)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 08, 2011, 11:06:27 AM
To teach kids that creationism explains something about the world is no different than teaching them that the earth is flat.  (Alan Wolfe)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 09, 2011, 11:37:24 AM
I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 10, 2011, 10:52:56 AM
In the absence of evidence, the scientist says, 'I don't know,' but the religionist says, 'I believe.'  (David Eller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 11, 2011, 11:17:27 AM
Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.  (Sigmund Freud)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 12, 2011, 06:19:11 PM
True, you don't have to be religious to be crazy, but it helps.  Indeed, if you are religious, you don't have to be crazy in the medically certifiable sense in order to do massively crazy things.  (Daniel Dennett)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 14, 2011, 09:35:45 AM
If god wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying too much attention.  (Samuel Butler)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 15, 2011, 09:59:22 AM
Let's get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 16, 2011, 10:38:09 AM
It has always seemed to me that a being coming from another world, with a message of infinite importance to mankind, should at least have verified that message by his own signature.  Is it not wonderful that not one word was written by Christ?  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 17, 2011, 10:21:10 AM
We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion.  I think religion stops people from thinking.  I think it justified crazies.  I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative.  I think religion is a neurological disorder.  (Bill Maher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 18, 2011, 11:06:02 AM
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.  (William Drummond)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 19, 2011, 09:36:50 AM
Talking to god is crazy.  Hearing god is schizophrenia.  Acting on it is insanity.  (Robert Patterson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 20, 2011, 06:24:48 PM
In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman.  'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks.  When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion.  No contest.  No contest.  Religion.  Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.  (George Carlin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 21, 2011, 10:28:04 AM
Materialism is the worldview or term describing application of reason, science and the human experience in understanding the world around us and in making decisions or living our day-to-day lives, as opposed to faith, dogma, prayer or superstition, etc.  As materialists we conclude there is no god or higher power and we therefore declare ourselves to be atheists or people who live without theism or religion.  Modern materialism is rooted in the work of the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Democritus (460-370 BCE), who is also known as the Father of Atomic Science.  Antonyms to materialism are spiritualism or immaterialism; the worldview of materialism is not to be confused with consumerism.  Atheism is a conclusion, not a religion or ideology.  (Larry Darby)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 22, 2011, 10:30:30 AM
Read the Bible, because we need more Atheists!  (Penn & Teller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 23, 2011, 10:08:53 AM
I don't believe in God for the same reason that most people don't believe in Apollo or Zeus. God is just humanity’s way of personifying an otherwise completely natural universe.  (Thomas A. Lewis)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 24, 2011, 09:59:43 AM
If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests.  If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, then knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.  (Baron d'Holbach)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 25, 2011, 09:34:00 AM
Superstition is an enemy to civil liberty.  (David Hume)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 26, 2011, 07:12:03 PM
No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible.  (Steve Allen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 27, 2011, 12:41:20 PM
There's an all-purpose corrective here, which is just intellectual honesty.  If you cease to pretend to be certain about things that you are not certain about, see where that gets you.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 28, 2011, 10:09:14 AM
Labor is the only prayer that nature answers; it is the only prayer that deserves an answer; good, honest, noble work.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 29, 2011, 09:45:46 AM
Religious leaders will always avail themselves of public ignorance for their own purpose.
 (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 30, 2011, 10:10:53 AM
Calling atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair style.
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 31, 2011, 08:48:26 AM
Science has been accused of undermining morals - but wrongly. The ethical behavior of men is better based on sympathy, education and social relationships, and requires no support from religion. Men's plight would indeed be sad if he had to be kept in order through fear of punishment and hope of rewards after death.  (Albert Einstein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 01, 2011, 09:26:30 AM
One of the most frightening things in the Western world, and this country in particular, is the number of people who believe in things that are scientifically false. If someone tells me that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, in my opinion he should see a psychiatrist.  (Francis Crick)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 02, 2011, 01:34:43 PM
Slavery itself is not at all contrary to the natural and divine law. The purchaser [of the slave] should carefully examine whether the slave who is put up for sale has been justly or unjustly deprived of his liberty, and that the vendor should do nothing which might endanger the life, virtue, or Catholic faith of the slave.  (Vatican statement, 1866)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 03, 2011, 05:09:02 PM
Start out understanding religion by saying everything is possibly wrong. As soon as you do that, you start sliding down an edge which is hard to recover from.  (Richard Feynman)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 04, 2011, 10:00:43 AM
I don't think Christians should use birth control.  You consummate your marriage as often as you like, and if you have babies, you have babies.  (Randall Terry)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 05, 2011, 10:58:54 AM
Anyone who knows history will recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.  (Anna Eleanor Roosevelt)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 06, 2011, 09:49:25 AM
Ignorance worships mystery; reason explains it; the one grovels, the other soars.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 07, 2011, 10:04:47 AM
God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.  (Luis Buquel)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 08, 2011, 07:57:23 AM
Every fool in error can find a passage of scripture to back him up.  (Trappist Monk quoting shakespeare to John Howard Griffin in Griffins book "Black Like Me")
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 09, 2011, 05:31:08 PM
I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul.  No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong.  It is born of our tenacity of life — our desire to go on living — our dread of coming to an end.  (Thomas Edison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 10, 2011, 09:18:20 AM
Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder.  (Homer Simpson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 11, 2011, 11:06:51 AM
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.  (Euripides; ca. 480-406 BCE, Greek poet, playwright and philosopher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 12, 2011, 07:50:15 AM
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.  (Carl Sagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 13, 2011, 09:48:55 AM
Agnosticism is the philosophical, ethical and religious dry-rot of the modern world.  (F.E. Abbot)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 14, 2011, 08:23:29 AM
The plural of anecdote is not evidence.
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 15, 2011, 09:01:43 AM
Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the unreasonable the impossible, the unknowable, and the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains. Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 16, 2011, 07:05:14 PM
Most true believers, when faced with evidence that contradicts their beliefs, will hold on to those beliefs even more strongly.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 18, 2011, 09:40:35 AM
Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.  (George Santayana)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 19, 2011, 09:57:13 AM
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.  (Clarence Darrow)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 20, 2011, 07:57:39 PM
Dogma: A lie imperiously reiterated and authoritatively injected into the mind of one or more persons who believe they believe what someone else believes.  (Elbert Hubbard)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 21, 2011, 09:13:00 AM
Redemption: Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin, through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 22, 2011, 06:11:47 PM
Jesus hardly made the greatest sacrifice. He knew he would be resurrected anyway in a couple of days.
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 24, 2011, 11:18:00 AM
If the resurrection of Jesus cannot be believed except by assenting to the fantastic descriptions included in the Gospels, then Christianity is doomed.  For that view of resurrection is not believable, and if that is all there is, then Christianity, which depends upon the truth and authenticity of Jesus' resurrection, also is not believable.  (Bishop John Shelby Spong)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 25, 2011, 08:16:59 AM
I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives. But this does not satisfy the priesthood.  They must have a positive, a declared assent to all of their interested absurdities.  My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 26, 2011, 09:17:05 AM
Naturalists’ commitment to science isn’t a matter of faith, it’s based on experience; the widely shared experience that beliefs about the world based in science are generally more reliable than those that aren’t.  If we want reliable beliefs, then it’s rational to stick with science, not a matter of faith.  (Tom Clark)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 27, 2011, 09:14:25 AM
Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality.  When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind.  And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.  (Bill Moyers)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 28, 2011, 10:11:33 AM
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.  (Gene Roddenberry)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 29, 2011, 09:39:44 AM
Whenever we read these obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of god.  It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 30, 2011, 07:07:52 AM
If we think that this search for god is a vain search, and that there is no reality to be discovered, then the history of religion becomes a study of the aberrations of the human mind.  (Cyril Bailey)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 02, 2011, 12:42:42 PM
Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men's dreams.  (David Hume)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 03, 2011, 09:23:40 AM
The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 04, 2011, 09:48:52 PM
Christians and Jews don't believe in Allah or Brahma.  Hindus don't believe in Yahweh or Allah.  Muslims don't believe in Brahma or Yahweh.  Atheists agree with all of them.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 05, 2011, 12:19:45 PM
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.  (Isaac Asimov)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 06, 2011, 03:12:43 PM
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 07, 2011, 06:43:24 PM
If somebody votes for a party that you don't agree with, you're free to argue about it as much as you like. But on the other hand, if somebody says, 'I mustn't move a light switch on a Saturday,' you say, 'Fine, I respect that.'  (Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 09, 2011, 10:06:14 AM
If we lose Genesis as a legitimate scientific and historical explanation for man, then we lose the validity of Christianity. Period.  (G. Thomas Sharp, chairman of the Creation Truth Foundation)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 10, 2011, 08:48:09 AM
Kill them all. God will select those who should go to heaven and those who should go to hell.  (Abbot Arnold de Citeaux, 1205, during the Fourth Crusade)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 11, 2011, 01:24:58 PM
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 12, 2011, 12:03:44 PM
Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst, as every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts a stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity.  (Thomas Payne)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 13, 2011, 09:06:52 AM
Every dogma has its day.  (Israel Zangwill)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 14, 2011, 06:03:46 PM
Life is an opportunity, and it is pregnant with meanings.  But the life that you live depends on your choice.  (Paul Kurtz)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 15, 2011, 05:40:28 PM
If we say that God has always been, why not save a step and conclude that the universe has always been?  (Carl Sagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 16, 2011, 11:52:05 AM
My conclusion is that there is no reason to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that there is no reason to wish that they were true.  Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny.  The responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 17, 2011, 10:09:25 AM
In India, as elsewhere in our darkening world, religion is the poison in the blood.  Where religion intervenes, mere innocence is no excuse.  Yet we go on skating around this issue, speaking of religion in the fashionable language of 'respect.'  What is there to respect in any of this, or in any of the crimes now being committed almost daily around the world in religion's dreaded name?  (Salman Rushdie)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 18, 2011, 11:48:06 AM
Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers, to think that they do.  (Bill Maher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2011, 09:22:52 AM
Without death, the influence of faith-based religion would be unthinkable.  Clearly, the fact of death is intolerable to us, and faith is little more than the shadow cast by our hope for a
better life beyond the grave.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 21, 2011, 11:23:41 AM
Creationists who want religious ideas taught as scientific fact in public schools continue to adapt to courtroom defeats by hiding their true aims under ever changing guises.  (Eugenie Scott)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 23, 2011, 07:51:39 PM
Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 24, 2011, 09:31:29 AM
To an honest judge, the alleged convergence between religion and science is a shallow, empty, hollow, spin-doctored sham.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2011, 10:08:42 AM
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. (Ann Coulter, conservative author)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 26, 2011, 08:15:59 AM
No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion.  (Hugo L. Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 27, 2011, 03:41:00 PM
Evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology.  Intelligent design is not a scientific concept.  (John H. Marburger III, Director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 29, 2011, 11:21:23 AM
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 30, 2011, 12:54:08 PM
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.  (W. K. Clifford)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 31, 2011, 06:21:51 PM
The concept of God is generated by a brain designed by evolution to find design in nature (a very recursive idea).  (Michael Shermer)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 01, 2011, 10:03:30 AM
Human life has no meaning independent of itself.  The meaning of life is what we choose to give it.  (Paul Kurtz)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 02, 2011, 01:59:29 PM
When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom.  The walls of my prison crumbled and fell.  The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust.  I was no longer a servant, a serf, or a slave.  There was for me no master in all the wide world, not even in infinite space.  I was free, free to think, to express my thoughts; free to live my own ideal, free to live for myself and those I loved, free to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imagination's wings, free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope, free to judge and determine for myself.  I was free!  I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously faced all worlds.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 03, 2011, 10:39:10 AM
Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.  (Steven Weinberg)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 05, 2011, 09:02:54 AM
It is a fact of history and of current events that human beings exaggerate, misinterpret, or wrongly remember events.  They have also fabricated pious fraud.  Most believers in a religion understand this when examining the claims of other religions.  (Dan Barker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 06, 2011, 10:44:17 AM
Priests are the pretenders to power and dominion, and to a superior sanctity of character, distinct from virtue and good morals.  (David Hume)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 07, 2011, 10:24:16 AM
Most men would kill the truth if truth would kill their religion.  (Lemuel Washburn)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 09, 2011, 11:10:04 AM
To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn’t be wrong to ask.  (Geoff Mather)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 10, 2011, 11:00:38 AM
That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes.  Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good god, or the product of uncaring natural forces?  The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection.  (Charles Darwin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 12, 2011, 03:52:55 PM
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 14, 2011, 09:29:05 AM
The greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 15, 2011, 09:44:52 AM
The sleep of reason produces monsters.  (Francisco Goya)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 16, 2011, 11:57:13 AM
Fundamentalists of different religions have more in common with each other than they do with the moderates of their own religions.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 17, 2011, 10:23:31 AM
The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false, and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture.  (Congregation of the Index, 1616, under Pope Paul V)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 20, 2011, 10:53:54 AM
The world is my country; to do good my religion.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 21, 2011, 11:46:55 AM
Religion is for people who have never matured in their understanding of ethics.  Religion teaches a child's view of ethics; that 'being good' means 'obeying your parent.'  It gives a moral blank check to those bold enough, dishonest enough, to claim to speak for God.  Atheism means looking at ethical questions as an adult among other adults, considering ethics as a means of maintaining peace and cooperation among equals, so that all may pursue happiness within the limits that ethics defines.  (John B. Hodges)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 22, 2011, 12:44:45 PM
Prayer has no place in public school, just like facts have no place in organized religion.
 (Superintendent Chalmers  -  The Simpsons)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 23, 2011, 11:59:18 AM
What is it the Bible teaches us? Raping, cruelty, and murder.  What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 24, 2011, 10:02:48 AM
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 25, 2011, 05:53:56 PM
Moral and ethical individuals would remain moral and ethical were they to wake up tomorrow and decide they no longer need their imaginary friends.  (Carol Smith)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 26, 2011, 05:12:28 PM
It is best to read the weather forecast before we pray for rain.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 27, 2011, 11:37:47 AM
Religion is the inability to accept death.
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 28, 2011, 10:48:49 AM
The bible has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 29, 2011, 10:05:14 AM
Truth can stand on its own; only lies require faith.
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 30, 2011, 01:15:25 PM
There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.  (Louis Kronenberger)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 02, 2011, 07:58:38 PM
A religious person is a person who, has not for one moment, placed their beliefs under the duo of critical inquiry and intellectual honesty.  For if they had, they would not be religious.  (Star Stuff)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 03, 2011, 08:44:41 PM
If someone were to prove to me, right this minute, that god, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.  (Luis Bunuel)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 04, 2011, 04:57:25 PM
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history.  Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity.  It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.  (John Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 05, 2011, 10:52:15 AM
In response to: “If man evolved from apes, why are there still apes?”

“If man was created from dust, why is there still dust?”
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 06, 2011, 10:13:46 AM
If a believer is happier than a skeptic, this is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 07, 2011, 10:30:16 AM
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.  (Demosthenes, Greek philosopher)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 08, 2011, 09:26:21 AM
To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 09, 2011, 08:24:04 PM
I learned how valuable our Constitution is and how valuable the separation of church and state is.  (Cynthia Dwyer, American hostage held in Iran 444 days)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 11, 2011, 09:50:24 AM
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.  Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 12, 2011, 10:47:27 AM
A Christian is a man who feels repentance on a Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.  (Thomas R. Ybarra)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 13, 2011, 10:14:46 AM
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.  (Stephen Hawking)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 14, 2011, 10:38:42 AM
Those who would legislate against the teaching of evolution should also legislate against gravity, electricity and the unreasonable velocity of light, and also, should introduce a clause to prevent the use of the telescope, the microscope and the spectroscope or any other instrument of precision which may in the future be invented, constructed or used for the discovery of truth.  (Luther Burbank)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 15, 2011, 10:38:54 AM
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 16, 2011, 11:55:31 AM
If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it.  I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can't burn him.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 18, 2011, 10:52:14 AM
It is vain to ask of the gods what a man is capable of supplying for himself.  (Epicurus)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 19, 2011, 09:43:01 AM
No public man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2011, 10:17:37 AM
Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 21, 2011, 11:07:26 AM
A person is to be punished with a just penalty, who utters blasphemy, or gravely harms public morals, or rails at or excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.  (The Catholic Church's Canon Law 1369)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 22, 2011, 09:28:57 AM
God's hatred is one of his holy attributes.  (Westboro Baptist Church)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 25, 2011, 10:36:15 AM
If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.  (Erich Fromm)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2011, 08:39:26 PM
What's the point of praying in the first place?  If God has a divine plan, what's the point of praying?  If what you want is in the divine plan, you will get it anyways; and if it's not, you won't get it because it's not in the divine plan.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 27, 2011, 11:30:29 AM
I do not seek to offend religious sentiment, but I will not submit to tyranny.  Demanding that people who do not accept Mohammed's teachings should refrain from drawing him is not a request for respect but a demand for submission.  (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 28, 2011, 10:26:09 AM
Every man thinks god is on his side.  The rich and powerful know he is.  (Jean Anouilh)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 29, 2011, 10:02:42 AM
The distribution of species on islands and continents throughout the world is exactly what you'd expect if evolution was a fact.  The distribution of fossils in space and in time are exactly what you would expect if evolution were a fact.  There are millions of facts all pointing in the same direction and no facts pointing in the wrong direction.  (Richard Dawkins)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 31, 2011, 06:47:57 PM
I find it amusing when people see "the hand of god" in the smallest most trivial circumstance.  It's like a Greek-to-English pocket translator.

Car wreck = God telling you not to drive.

Booted off island = God teaching you humility.

Supreme Court votes against public prayer = God is calling for armed revolt (see Pat Robertson).

Infant child dies a horrible death = God's mysterious plan we mere humans can't understand.

The almighty creator of all the cosmos has important messages for us which he communicates to us though such mundane events as burning meatloaf for dinner.




What an amazing world they live in.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 02, 2011, 12:24:53 PM
There is little difference in the knowledge held by those who can't learn and those who won't.  (Mark Thomas)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 03, 2011, 09:29:25 AM
When an honest but mistaken man learns of his error, he either forthrightly ceases to be mistaken, or ceases to be honest.  (Peter E. Hendrickson)



THAT"S GOLD!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 04, 2011, 10:40:58 AM
The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession.  (Abraham Lincoln)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 05, 2011, 10:47:57 AM
Religion is the process of unconscious wish fulfillment, where, for certain people, if the process did not take place it would put them in self-danger of coming to mental harm, being unable to cope with the idea of a godless, purposeless life.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 06, 2011, 04:15:57 PM
They have kept us in submission because they have talked about separation of church and state.  There is no such thing in the Constitution.  It's a lie of the left, and we're not going to take it anymore.  (Reverend Pat Robertson, addressing the ACLJ, 1993)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 08, 2011, 10:19:18 AM
Our ignorance is god; what we know is science.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 09, 2011, 10:26:10 AM
Truth is, I really couldn’t care less about what someone believes. It’s only when I see unproven beliefs diminishing someone’s life or causing harm to others that I feel obligated to offer a helping hand. If irrational beliefs weren’t so often dangerous and such a drag on human progress, you would never hear a peep from me about anyone’s beliefs. The way I see it, promoting reason and skepticism is a moral issue. It’s about caring for your fellow humans.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 10, 2011, 10:03:48 AM
The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round.  For I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in the shadow than in the church.  (Ferdinand Magellan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 11, 2011, 10:38:24 AM
When two men of science disagree, they do not invoke the secular arm; they wait for further evidence to decide the issue, because, as men of science, they know that neither is infallible.  But when two theologians differ, since there is no criteria to which either can appeal, there is nothing for it but mutual hatred and an open or covert appeal to force.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 12, 2011, 02:06:01 PM
All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance and ferocity.  (Baron D'Holbach)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 13, 2011, 03:12:31 PM
The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence.  It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty.  (Stephen Hawking)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2011, 12:13:26 AM
Believing is easier than thinking; that's why there will always be more believers than thinkers.  However, the results of god-belief are often far more mental trials than those of non-belief.  It's quite difficult to ascertain the wishes of an invisible being.  (Mark Thomas)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2011, 10:48:53 AM
The problem with fascism and communism was not that they are too critical of religion.  The problem is that they are too much like religions.  These are utterly dogmatic systems of thought.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 16, 2011, 09:46:36 AM
I view it as one of the greatest crimes to shadow the minds of the young with these gloomy superstitions, and with fears of the unknown and the unknowable to poison all their joy in life.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 17, 2011, 09:48:37 AM
Atheism is nothing more than a conclusion.  There are plenty of people in this world who are atheists, but this doesn't mean we share values.  Communism is a perfect example.  Communism is for all practical purposes, a political religion: It is totalitarian, it venerates its sainted founders, it has sacred dogma that cannot be challenged; it persecutes its heretics, it does not brook disobedience, it feels no compunction against twisting science for its own means.  Even its touted "atheism" is simply a defensive reaction against its rival religions.  It has nothing in common with the free thought of Paine or Jefferson, or the humanism of Dawkins or Einstein.  (David Fitzgerald)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 18, 2011, 09:21:48 AM
My last vestige of 'hands off religion' respect disappeared in the smoke and choking dust of September 11th 2001, followed by the 'National Day of Prayer,' when prelates and pastors did their tremulous Martin Luther King impersonations and urged people of mutually incompatible faiths to hold hands, united in homage to the very force that caused the problem in the first place.  (Richard Dawkins, The Devil's Chaplain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 19, 2011, 09:31:23 AM
Marx was wrong. Religion is not the opiate of the people. Opium suggests something self soporific, numbing, dulling. Too often religion has been an aphrodisiac for horror, a Benzedrine for bestiality. At its best it has lifted spirits and raised spires. At its worst it has turned entire civilizations into cemeteries.  (Phillip Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 20, 2011, 05:25:18 PM
Mencken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Mencken)'s Creed:

- I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind; that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.

- I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.

- I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms.

- I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.

- I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech...

- I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run.

- I believe in the reality of progress.

- But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply.  I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie.

- I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave.  And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 22, 2011, 10:55:04 AM
I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.  (Thomas Edison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 23, 2011, 11:14:35 AM
Life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that god loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.  (Butch Hancock)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 24, 2011, 10:09:22 AM
They say that god is everywhere, and yet he is such a recluse.  (Emily Dickinson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2011, 10:47:01 AM
The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once god (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance; logic can be happily tossed out the window.  (Stephen King)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 26, 2011, 09:11:05 AM
The first step is for man to cease to be the slave of man.  The second, is to cease to be the slave of the monsters of his own creation, the ghosts and phantoms of the air.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 28, 2011, 04:16:02 PM
One does not have to prove a negative.  One should assume a negative.  (David Eller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 29, 2011, 11:30:05 AM
It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.  (Calvin, Calvin & Hobbes)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 30, 2011, 10:48:40 AM
All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  (Edgar Allen Poe)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 31, 2011, 10:39:42 AM
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.  (Woody Allen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 01, 2011, 10:38:23 AM
These attempts to turn courthouses into pulpits will continue to be challenged with facts and defeated with reason.  (David Condo, Maryland State Director for American Atheists)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 02, 2011, 11:38:57 AM
The old doctrine that god rewarded the virtuous and punished the wicked is gradually fading from the mind.  We know that some of the worst men have what the world calls success.  We know that some of the best men lie upon the straw of failure.  We know that honesty goes hungry, while larceny sits at the banquet.  We know that the vicious have every physical comfort, while the virtuous are often clad in rags.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 03, 2011, 08:28:32 PM
The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.  (Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 04, 2011, 07:35:09 AM
I think enormous harm is done by religion — not just in the name of religion, but actually by religion. Many people do simply awful things out of sincere religious belief, not using religion as a cover the way that Saddam Hussein may have done, but really because they believe that this is what God wants them to do, going all the way back to Abraham being willing to sacrifice Isaac because God told him to do that.  Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing.  (Steven Weinberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 05, 2011, 10:06:23 AM
During the youthful period of mankind's spiritual evolution, human fantasy created gods in man's own image who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate influence, the phenomenal world. The idea of God in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old conception of the gods.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 06, 2011, 09:43:19 AM
I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed questions in accordance with the evidence, or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive. This virtue, though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma, is to my mind of the very greatest social importance and far more likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organized beliefs.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 07, 2011, 09:38:43 AM
People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at, shouldn't have such funny beliefs.
(Brad Reddekopp)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 08, 2011, 08:12:22 AM
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 09, 2011, 09:11:52 AM
If God wanted people to believe in him, why did he invent logic?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 11, 2011, 07:29:48 PM
The idea of god is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.  (Marquis de Sade)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 12, 2011, 09:20:17 AM
Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 13, 2011, 10:15:32 AM
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.  (from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 14, 2011, 10:23:48 AM
The existence of a world without god seems to me less absurd than the presence of a god, existing in all his perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of hell.  (Armand Salacrou)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 15, 2011, 10:10:05 AM
Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another.  (Benjamin Franklin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 16, 2011, 10:19:49 AM
Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot therefore be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in errors.  (Robert Owen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 17, 2011, 06:21:16 PM
Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-woman, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason and anti-science.  The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind but to the earth.  It is time now for reason, education and science to take over.  (Madalyn Murray O'Hair - Speech, 1990)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 18, 2011, 07:48:16 PM
Patient:  "Faith isn't a disease."

Gregory House:  "No, of course not. On the other hand, it is communicable and it kills a lot of people."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 19, 2011, 09:46:33 AM
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 20, 2011, 10:16:17 AM
Atheism rises above creeds and puts humanity upon one plane.
There can be no 'chosen people' in the atheist philosophy.
There are no bended knees in atheism;
No supplications, no prayers;
No sacrificial redemptions;
No 'divine' revelations;
No washing in the blood of the lamb;
No crusades, no massacres, no holy wars;
No heaven, no hell, no purgatory;
No silly rewards and no vindictive punishments;
No christs, and no saviors;
No devils, no ghosts and no gods.

(Joseph Lewis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 21, 2011, 09:38:44 AM
When the masses become better informed about science, they will feel less need for help from supernatural higher powers.  (Francisco Ferrer Guardia)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2011, 09:35:37 AM
Nature never prompted a loving mother to throw her child into the Ganges. Nature never prompted men to exterminate each other for a difference of opinion concerning the baptism of infants. These crimes have been produced by religions filled with all that is illogical, cruel and hideous.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 23, 2011, 09:32:53 AM
JESUS SAVES....you from thinking for yourself.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2011, 06:19:51 PM
The time has come for people of reason to say: Enough is enough!  Religious faith discourages independent thought, it's divisive and it's dangerous.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 25, 2011, 11:58:59 AM
Every sensible man, every honourable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2011, 09:42:56 AM
Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.  (George Washington)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2011, 09:45:33 AM
In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners.  (Jonathan Miller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2011, 10:46:50 AM
When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.  (Oscar Wilde)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2011, 09:25:56 AM
Where there is evidence, no one speaks of ‘faith’. We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 30, 2011, 09:11:47 AM
The authors of the gospels were unlettered and ignorant men and the teachings of Jesus have come to us mutilated, misstated and unintelligible.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 01, 2011, 03:31:06 PM
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be left waiting for us in our graves, or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.  (Ayn Rand)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2011, 08:40:41 PM
I am an atheist. I don't understand religion at all. I'm sure I'll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it's all nonsense.  (Andy Rooney)


(Thanks Andy)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 03, 2011, 08:56:26 PM
It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.  (John Locke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 04, 2011, 06:35:50 AM
The premise that Nazism and Communism were “atheist” ideologies makes sense only within a religiocentric worldview that divides political systems into those that are based on Judaeo-Christian ideology and those that are not. In fact, 20th-century totalitarian movements were no more defined by a rejection of Judaeo-Christianity than they were defined by a rejection of astrology, alchemy, Confucia...nism, Scientology, or any of hundreds of other belief systems. They were based on the ideas of Hitler and Marx, not David Hume and Bertrand Russell, and the horrors they inflicted are no more a vindication of Judeao-Christianity than they are of astrology or alchemy or Scientology.

Second, Nazism and Fascism were not atheistic in the first place. Hitler thought he was carrying out a divine plan. Nazism received extensive support from many German churches, and no opposition from the Vatican. Fascism happily coexisted with Catholicism in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Croatia.  (Steven Pinker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 05, 2011, 09:09:16 AM
Science is the true theology.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 06, 2011, 09:28:23 AM
We experience happiness and suffering ourselves; we encounter others in the world and recognize that they experience happiness and suffering as well; we soon discover that 'love' is largely a matter of wishing that others experience happiness rather than suffering; and most of us come to feel that love is more conducive to happiness, both our own and that of others, than hate.  There is a circle here that links us to one another: we each want to be happy; the social feeling of love is one of our greatest sources of happiness; and love entails that we be concerned for the happiness of others.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 07, 2011, 09:31:30 AM
We are anxious when there is a dissonance between our beliefs and the perceivable facts. Since our beliefs are not to be doubted or questioned, it is the facts that have to be altered.  (unknown)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 08, 2011, 02:13:37 PM
Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa.  In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect 'a wall of separation between church and state.  (Hugo L. Black)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 10, 2011, 10:40:31 AM
Sin is an imaginary disease invented to sell you an imaginary cure.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 11, 2011, 08:37:32 AM
A Christian has neither more nor less rights in our association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.  (Susan B. Anthony)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 12, 2011, 11:27:56 AM
I Forget - Which day did god make all the fossils?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 13, 2011, 07:15:34 AM
Men make themselves believe what they believe.  (Michel Eyquem de Montaigne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 14, 2011, 09:05:02 AM
The image of a deity capable of intervening to stop evil but choosing not to act is probably a worse concept than an impotent god that can do nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 15, 2011, 06:14:49 PM
Most religions have merely canonized a few products of ancient ignorance and derangement and passed them down to us as though they were primordial truths.  This leaves billions of us believing what no sane person could believe on their own.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 16, 2011, 06:02:05 PM
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 17, 2011, 09:56:11 AM
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.  (Benjamin Franklin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 18, 2011, 09:58:55 AM
If there is no god, then what makes the next Kleenex pop up?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 19, 2011, 09:47:10 AM
I know that the clergy knows, that they know that they do not know.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 20, 2011, 10:06:39 AM
And to read the Bible without horror, we must undo everything that is tender sympathizing and benevolent in the heart of man.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 21, 2011, 09:21:58 AM
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?  (Epicurus)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 22, 2011, 12:44:32 PM
Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men, can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 24, 2011, 12:10:55 PM
I believe that life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.  (Marjory Douglas)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 25, 2011, 10:46:00 AM
We must believe in free will; we have no choice.  (Isaac Bashevis Singer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 26, 2011, 10:36:46 AM
The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail. (Gustaf Lindborg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 27, 2011, 01:20:11 PM
The work that Christ started but could not finish, I, Adolf Hitler, will conclude. (Adolf Hitler, December 1926)





(So much for the claim that "Hitler was an atheist")
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 28, 2011, 10:33:48 AM
Science shares with religion the claim that it answers deep questions about origins, the nature of life, and the cosmos.  But there the resemblance ends.  Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results.  Myths and faiths are not and do not.  (Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 30, 2011, 05:38:42 PM
We are doomed if skepticism and critical thinking skills do not become standard components of humankind at some point in this century. If we continue to fail to teach the majority of children on Earth how to doubt, how to ask questions and how to think for themselves, we will self-destruct. Think about it, how can global civilization continue to survive with the same high levels of stupidy and fantasy while the ability to create increasingly powerful weapons rises? We are in a race against ourselves.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 31, 2011, 10:09:49 AM
Which is it; is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of mans?  (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 01, 2011, 10:26:19 AM
It's a very strange sort of "loving" God who would make salvation depend on believing in him on bad evidence.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 02, 2011, 03:15:38 PM
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.  (Paul Broca)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 03, 2011, 11:29:21 AM
I believe that our obligation is to make life better because it's our obligation to each other as human beings, not in relation to eternal rewards and infernal punishments.  (Susan Jacoby)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 04, 2011, 10:06:46 AM
An atheist is defined as a man who has no invisible means of support.  (John Buchan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 05, 2011, 10:33:42 AM
In honour of Andy Rooney who just died at the age of 92:


Why am I an atheist? I ask you: Why is anybody not an atheist? Everyone starts out being an atheist. No one is born with belief in anything. Infants are atheists until they are indoctrinated. I resent anyone pushing their religion on me. I don't push my atheism on anybody else. Live and let live. Not many people practice that when it comes to religion.  (Andy Rooney)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 07, 2011, 10:43:50 AM
There is no other species on the Earth that does science. It is, so far, entirely a human invention, evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason: it works. It is not perfect. It can be misused. It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything. It has two rules. First: there are no sacred truths; all assumptions must be critically examined; arguments from authority are worthless. Second: whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 09, 2011, 10:36:24 AM
Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 11, 2011, 10:59:28 AM
Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians.  It's no different. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.  (Reverend Pat Robertson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 12, 2011, 06:05:41 PM
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.  Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.  It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society.  When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 14, 2011, 10:48:35 AM
We believe that intelligent design is neither sound science nor good theology.  (The International Society for Science and Religion)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 15, 2011, 10:53:47 AM
Is god is willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him god?


(Epicurus)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 16, 2011, 12:56:14 PM
It seems to me that the idea of a personal god is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I feel also not able to imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 17, 2011, 10:50:13 PM
The difference between religions and cults is determined by how much real estate is owned.  (Frank Zappa)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 18, 2011, 01:19:02 PM
A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path to atheism.  (Donald Morgan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 20, 2011, 10:48:45 AM
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.  (Marcus Aurelius)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 21, 2011, 12:39:15 PM
An atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god.  An atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now, here on earth, for all men together to enjoy.  (Madalyn Murray O'Hair, 1963 statement to the Supreme Court, Murray v. Curlett)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 22, 2011, 09:58:53 AM
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.  (Michel de Montaigne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 23, 2011, 04:23:30 PM
You cannot be both sane and well educated and disbelieve in evolution.  The evidence is so strong that any sane, educated person has got to believe in evolution.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 24, 2011, 01:26:17 PM
I'm not a bad guy! I work hard, and I love my kids. So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to hell?  (Homer Simpson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 25, 2011, 11:15:38 AM
I love your Christ.  It's just that so many Christians are so unlike your Christ.  (Mahatma Gandhi)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 26, 2011, 08:54:11 AM
“Heaven help us!” said the old religion; the new one, from its very lack of that faith, will teach us all the more to help one another.  (George Eliot)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 29, 2011, 03:07:47 PM
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.  (David Hume)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 30, 2011, 10:51:21 AM
Dogmas of every kind put assertion in the place of reason and give rise to more contention, bitterness, and want of charity than any other influence in human affairs.  (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 01, 2011, 09:34:51 AM
In response to a news story of a close call with an asteroid:

"Thank you Lord, for protecting us from that big rock that you sent."  (MooJoo)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 02, 2011, 02:21:00 PM
A truly unselfish act would be a Christian volunteering to have his soul to take your soul's place in hell, so yours could go to heaven.  Don't hold your breath.  (John Popelish)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 03, 2011, 04:13:40 PM
If you understand the psychology of the Big Mac Meal, you understand the psychology of religion.  (Professor Andy Thomson, in his talk "Why We Believe in Gods")
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 04, 2011, 06:54:11 PM
There are no forces on this planet more dangerous to all of us than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism.  (Daniel Dennett)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 05, 2011, 04:37:59 PM
For ages, a deadly conflict has been waged between a few brave men and women of thought and genius upon the one side, and the great ignorant religious mass on the other.  This is the war between Science and Faith.  The few have appealed to reason, to honor, to law, to freedom, to the known, and to happiness here in this world.  The many have appealed to prejudice, to fear, to miracle, to slavery, to the unknown, and to misery hereafter.

The few have said, “think!”  The many have said, “believe!”  The first doubt was the womb and cradle of progress, and from the first doubt, man has continued to advance.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 06, 2011, 10:41:01 AM
What is the purpose of prayer?  What can a finite being on Earth possibly tell an omnipotent, omniscient, Universe-creating deity that he/she/it doesn't know already?  If prayer actually worked, the Pope would live forever.  (Infidel Guy)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 07, 2011, 01:22:13 PM
The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 08, 2011, 12:16:34 PM
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer.  This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of western civilization.  (Robert A. Wilson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 09, 2011, 09:45:46 AM
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 12, 2011, 09:49:21 AM
There's a phrase we live by in America: "In God We Trust."  It's right there where Jesus would want it: on our money.  (Bill Maher)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 13, 2011, 02:08:09 PM
If Jesus was Jewish, how come he has a Mexican name?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 15, 2011, 07:39:00 PM
An Eskimo asked the local missionary priest, “If I did not know about god and sin, would I go to hell?”  “No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.” “Then why”, asked the Eskimo earnestly “did you tell me?”  (Annie Dillard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 16, 2011, 10:39:09 AM
Atheism, and the related conviction that we have just one life to live, is the only sure way to regard all our fellow creatures as brothers and sisters.

(Christopher Hitchens)



Thanks Hitch.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 18, 2011, 11:33:52 AM
Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers.  (Arthur C. Clarke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 19, 2011, 02:28:42 PM
Is what is moral commanded by God because it is moral, or is it moral because it is commanded by God?  (Plato)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 20, 2011, 11:12:49 AM
For me, it is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 21, 2011, 10:09:52 AM
For every credibility gap, there is a gullibility fill.  (Richard Clopton)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 22, 2011, 10:58:12 AM
The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning.  And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY?  The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded.  But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 23, 2011, 09:53:47 AM
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.  (Lucretius)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 24, 2011, 06:56:45 PM
God is Santa on steroids.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 26, 2011, 08:37:34 PM
Every church that has a standard higher than human welfare is dangerous.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 27, 2011, 01:02:30 PM
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.  There is only our natural world.  Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.  (Anne Nicol Gaylor)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 28, 2011, 12:56:09 PM
We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred things.  And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 29, 2011, 10:57:17 AM
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?  (Douglas Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 30, 2011, 10:32:15 AM
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.  (Thomas Edison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 31, 2011, 11:10:44 AM
The very fears and guilts imposed by religious training are responsible for some of history's most brutal wars, crusades, pogroms, and persecutions, including five centuries of almost unimaginable terrorism under Europe's Inquisition and the unthinkably sadistic legal murder of nearly nine million women.  History doesn't say much very good about God.  (Barbara G. Walker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 01, 2012, 09:40:58 PM
Reason is not one tool of thought among many, it is the entire toolbox.  To advocate that reason be discarded in some circumstances is to advocate that thinking be discarded, which leaves one in the position of attempting to do a job after throwing away the required instrument.  (George H. Smith)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 02, 2012, 10:49:11 AM
That which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.  (Arthur C. Clarke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 03, 2012, 11:50:39 AM
All religions are inconsistent with mental freedom.  Shakespeare is my bible, and Burns my hymn-book.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 04, 2012, 12:17:09 PM
When you once attribute effects to the will of a personal God, you have let in a lot of little gods and evils, then sprites, fairies, dryads, naiads, witches, ghosts and goblins, for your imagination is reeling, riotous, drunk, afloat on the flotsam of superstition.  What you know then doesn't count.  You just believe, and the more your believe the more do you plume yourself that fear and faith are superior to science and seeing.  (Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 09, 2012, 03:15:33 PM
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'  (Isaac Asimov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 10, 2012, 09:59:08 AM
On his deathbed, Henry David Thoreau was asked by his aunt: “Henry, have you made your peace with god?” Thoreau answered, “I did not know we had ever quarreled.”  (Edward Waldo Emerson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 11, 2012, 12:41:44 PM
When religion comes in the door, common sense goes out the window.  (Lemuel Washburn)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 12, 2012, 10:10:40 AM
The actions taken by the New Hampshire Episcopalians (inducting a gay Bishop) are an affront to Christians everywhere.  I am just thankful that the church's founder, Henry VIII, and his wife Catherine of Aragon, and his wife Anne Boleyn, and his wife Jane Seymour, and his wife Anne of Cleves, and his wife Katherine Howard, and his wife Catherine Parr are no longer here to suffer through this assault on traditional Christian marriages.  (Betty Bowers, of Landover Baptist Church)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 13, 2012, 11:09:57 AM
Agnosticism, quite frankly, has always struck me as a fairly silly position. No rational person is "agnostic" about the existence of unicorns, leprechauns, dragons, gnomes, etc.  Why is the god concept granted a special status?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 14, 2012, 11:52:07 AM
Our goal must be simple.  We must have a Christian nation built on God's law, on the ten commandments.  No apologies.  (Randall Terry; whose son is gay)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 15, 2012, 06:22:42 PM
Evolution lies at the heart of biology.  It is seamlessly and continuously linked to health research to better understand such conditions as AIDS or bird flu or Parkinson's or cancer or heart disease.  Every biomedical experiment, every tiny advance, every major breakthrough ultimately connects to the principles first postulated by Darwin.  (Huntington F. Willard of Duke University)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 16, 2012, 10:47:29 AM
Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god.  Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted, and heaven crammed with these phantoms.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 18, 2012, 12:28:44 PM
There is no reason for believing that any sort of gods exist, and quite good reasons for believing that they do not exist and never have.  It has all been a gigantic waste of time and a waste of life.  It would be a joke of cosmic proportions if it weren't so tragic.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 19, 2012, 04:48:27 PM
To remain silent when one should protest makes cowards out of men.  (Abraham Lincoln)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 20, 2012, 09:24:10 AM
The journey of knowledge is much better than the comfort of ignorance.  (Faisal Saeed Al Mutar)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 21, 2012, 03:26:57 PM
The deity who stalked the deserts of the Middle East millennia ago—and who seems to have abandoned them to bloodshed in his name ever since—is no one to consult on questions of ethics.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 24, 2012, 01:23:04 AM
We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God.  There's not much personal about the laws of physics.  (Stephen Hawking)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2012, 12:06:33 AM
Wherever morality is based on theology, whenever “right” is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established.  (Ludwig Feuerbach)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2012, 05:09:33 PM
Religion gives people bad reasons to be good, where good reasons are actually available.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 26, 2012, 02:01:14 PM
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.  (Stephen Jay Gould)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 27, 2012, 05:28:02 PM
You can tell me that you put your faith in God to get you through the day, but when it comes time to cross the road, I know you look both ways.  (Gregory House)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 28, 2012, 04:37:33 PM
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 ever existed?  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 29, 2012, 04:51:45 PM
I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.  (D. Dale Gulledge)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 30, 2012, 05:57:03 PM
When talking about unicorns, minotaurs, or compassionate conservatives, one does not normally have to prove their non-existence; the mere lack of any evidence is sufficient reason not to believe in any of them.  (Peter Stone)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 31, 2012, 01:51:19 PM
The mixing of government and religion can be a threat to free government, even if no one is forced to participate. When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion, it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs.  A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.  (Harry Andrew Blackmun)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 01, 2012, 05:52:11 PM
The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.  (Bishop John Shelby Spong)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 02, 2012, 11:43:08 AM
The plain fact is: religion must die for mankind to live.  (Bill Maher)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 03, 2012, 10:34:10 AM
Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies and gibberish.  Over the centuries, these stories were embroidered, garbled, mutilated, and torn into small pieces that were then repeatedly shuffled.  Finally, this material was badly translated into several languages successfully.  The resultant text, creationists feel, is the best guide to this complex and technical subject.  (Tom Weller, on Creation vs. Evolution)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 04, 2012, 12:25:43 PM
I think religion for many people is some sort of moral Viagra.  (Daniel Dennett)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 05, 2012, 08:57:42 PM
Why would an all-powerful god become flesh in order to sacrifice himself to himself so that his creation might escape the wrath of himself?  Couldn't this god, in his infinite wisdom, come up with something a little more efficient?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 06, 2012, 11:10:27 AM
No man of any humor ever founded a religion.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 07, 2012, 03:21:26 PM
Religion has done more to bust-up humanity than anything.  (Whoopi Goldberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 08, 2012, 11:02:58 AM
To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.  (Charlotte P. Gillman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 09, 2012, 11:15:54 AM
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible full arrays of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent, and not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.  (Aldous Huxley)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2012, 10:37:56 AM
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 11, 2012, 04:19:16 PM
The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves. These clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 12, 2012, 05:31:36 PM
Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 13, 2012, 11:59:24 AM
If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave god?  (George Daacon)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 14, 2012, 02:09:27 PM
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.  (Stephen J. Gould)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 15, 2012, 10:48:23 AM
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith, but must find his brand of intolerance.  (Eric Hoffer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 16, 2012, 10:01:04 AM
God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.  (Sarah Palin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 17, 2012, 11:35:55 AM
So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.  (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 19, 2012, 03:34:46 PM
Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration: courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth.  (H. L. Mencken)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 20, 2012, 10:42:21 AM
The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the word of god.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 21, 2012, 12:05:08 PM
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.  (Helen Keller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 22, 2012, 11:12:14 AM
Organized religion is making Christianity political, rather than making politics Christian.  (Laurens van der Post)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 23, 2012, 09:45:21 AM
It is difficult to free fools from the chain they revere. (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 24, 2012, 10:30:32 AM
This is the collection of lies and contradictions called the Holy Bible!  This is the rubbish called Revealed Religion!  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 25, 2012, 07:41:04 PM
"Kill them all, for God knows his own."

(Pope Innocent III, to his troops in the Albigensian Crusade of 1209)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 27, 2012, 10:30:10 AM
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.  (Galileo Galilei)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 28, 2012, 09:32:59 AM
Infidelity is liberty; all religion is slavery.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 29, 2012, 10:29:52 AM
Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.  (Montaigne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 01, 2012, 02:42:49 PM
Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.  (Barry Goldwater)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 02, 2012, 10:00:02 AM
Religion is the inability to accept death.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 03, 2012, 01:26:42 PM
History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis.  Religion is a crutch for people.  (Robert Heinlein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 04, 2012, 10:40:46 PM
The only good thing to come out of religion was the music.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 05, 2012, 11:51:50 AM
There is but one evil, ignorance.  (Socrates)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 06, 2012, 10:25:09 AM
Idle hands never hurt anyone; a lazy brain is the Devil’s playground.  (Andrea Roach)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 07, 2012, 06:03:36 PM
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 08, 2012, 10:53:48 AM
Science is corrosive of religious belief, and it's a good thing too.  (Steven Weinberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 08, 2012, 09:28:14 PM
***I'll be away for the next 8 days.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 17, 2012, 08:59:21 PM
The only way to lead a meaningful life is to free yourself from the fear of death.  (Samurai Bushido)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 18, 2012, 08:33:18 PM
I believe that you believe your god is real. It's called a delusion, and I politely decline your request to join you in your hallucination.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 20, 2012, 10:32:30 AM
There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention.  (Helen Keller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 21, 2012, 03:09:27 PM
Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles, and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods.  For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.  (Baruch Spinoza)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 22, 2012, 10:12:55 AM
Religion is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.  (Theodore Dreiser)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 23, 2012, 11:15:29 AM
The beginning of wisdom is the awareness that there is insufficient evidence that a god or gods have created us, and the recognition that we are responsible in part for our own destiny.  (Paul Kurtz)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 24, 2012, 01:47:46 PM
I am arguing that faith as such, faith as an alleged method of acquiring knowledge, is totally invalid and as a consequence, all propositions of faith, because they lack rational demonstration, must conflict with reason.  (George H. Smith)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 25, 2012, 02:09:13 PM
I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.  (Adolf Hitler, to Gen. Gerhard Engel, 1941)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 26, 2012, 09:38:49 AM
I have concluded through careful empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me, keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought. Giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I'm capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think, and they still love me, and I've concluded, after careful consideration, that this person keeping score is me.  (Adam Savage - MythBusters)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 27, 2012, 10:43:40 AM
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.  (Eric Hoffer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 28, 2012, 04:08:54 PM
During the youthful period of mankind's spiritual evolution, human fantasy created gods in man's own image who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate influence, the phenomenal world. The idea of God in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old conception of the gods.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 29, 2012, 12:56:49 PM
Through seeing the error of their foundation, I was forced to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught to man. But my religious feelings where immediately replaced by the spirit of universal charity - not for a sect or a party, or for a country or a colour, but for the human race, and with a real and ardent desire to do them good. (Robert Owen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 30, 2012, 10:02:34 AM
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.  (Michel de Montaigne)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 31, 2012, 12:49:33 PM
A tyrant should always show a particular zeal in the cult of the gods, for people are less afraid of being treated unjustly by those of this sort, that is if they think that the ruler is god-fearing and pays some regard to the gods; and they are less ready to conspire against him, if they feel that the gods themselves are his friends.  (Aristotle)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 13, 2012, 09:46:12 AM
Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 24, 2012, 10:12:14 AM
The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be.  (Tao Te Ching)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff 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)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 02, 2012, 10:46:44 AM
I can live with doubt and uncertainty. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.  (Richard Feynman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 03, 2012, 12:59:29 PM
Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people.  (Thomas Edison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 04, 2012, 12:28:13 PM
All of science is built on territory once occupied by gods.  Is there some boundary at which science is supposed to stop?  (Bob Parks)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 05, 2012, 11:09:55 AM
Anyone who engages in the practice of psychotherapy confronts every day the devastation wrought by the teachings of religion.  (Dr. Nathanial Branden)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 06, 2012, 02:02:12 PM
It has been contendeded for many years that the Ten Commandments are the foundations of all ideas of justice and law.  Nothing can be more stupidly false than such assertions.  Thousands of years before Moses was born, the Egyptians had a code of laws…far better than the Mosaic.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 07, 2012, 09:01:36 AM
Imagine for a moment that we are nothing but the product of billions of years of molecules coming together and ratcheting up through natural selection, that we are composed only of highways of fluids and chemicals sliding along roadways within billions of dancing cells, that trillions of synaptic conversations hum in parallel, that this vast egg-like fabric of micron-thin circuitry runs algorithms undreamt of in modern science, and that these neural programs give rise to our decision making, loves, desires, fears, and aspirations. To me, that understanding would be a numinous experience.  What else exists beyond the limits of science is an open question for future generations; but even if strict materialism turned out to be it, it would be enough.  (David Eagleman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 08, 2012, 07:52:35 AM
I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 09, 2012, 06:08:24 AM
You want to have things both ways: your faith is reasonable but not in the least bound by reason; it is a matter of utter certainty, yet leavened by humility and doubt; you are still searching for the truth, but your belief in God is immune to any conceivable challenge from the world of evidence. I trust you will ascribe these antinomies to the paradox of faith; but, to my eye, they remain mere contradictions, dressed up in velvet.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 10, 2012, 08:32:28 AM
He [or she] that is not aware of his ignorance will only be misled by his knowledge.  (Richard Whately)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 11, 2012, 10:39:56 AM
Evangelicalism is a series of personality cults masquerading as religion.  (Frank Shaeffer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 12, 2012, 03:53:55 PM
The national anthem belongs to the eighteenth century.  In it you find us ordering God about to do our political work.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 13, 2012, 02:00:23 PM
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.  (Clarence Darrow)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 14, 2012, 10:23:25 AM
It appears to me, whether rightly or wrongly, that direct arguments against Christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public. It appears to me freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.  (Charles Darwin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 15, 2012, 09:33:28 AM
To trust the God of the Bible is to trust an irascible, vindictive, fierce and ever fickle and changeful master.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 16, 2012, 08:36:43 AM
There is no evidence for a god, no coherent definition of a god, no good argument for a god, good positive arguments against a god, no agreement among believers about the nature or moral principles of a god, and no need for a god.  We can live happy, moral, productive lives without such belief, and we can do it better.  (Dan Barker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 17, 2012, 12:52:41 PM
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.  (Henry Louis Mencken)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 18, 2012, 10:06:26 AM
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.  (Richard Francis Burton)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 19, 2012, 07:56:48 PM
Something is wrong.  War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, crime, torture, corruption and the ice capades.  If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.  This is not what you expect to find on the resume of a supreme being.  It's what you expect from an office temp with a bad attitude.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2012, 10:36:33 AM
One thing I have no worry about is whether god exists. But it has occurred to me that god has Alzheimer's and has forgotten we exist.  (Jane Wagner)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 22, 2012, 12:07:30 AM
You know where my god is? Where my spirituality is? It's knowing that every atom in your body was birthed in the broiling guts of a star that once fantastically exploded. It's breathing in the same air as the dinosaurs and it's seeing the Earth's scarred visage on the top of a mountain. It's in realizing that you are the latest iteration in ecological feedback loop going back billions of years. It's seeing the look in someone's eyes that triggers a veritable cascade of neurotransmitters making you weak in the knees. It is everything except a never present phantom. It is everything except being forced to love and praise a tradition which you also must fear. It is physical life. Life examined, life realized.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 22, 2012, 09:00:52 AM
What mean and cruel things men can do for the love of god.  (W. Sommerset Maugham)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 23, 2012, 12:11:16 PM
I don't think any religion makes any sense and I think people who are into that are really getting duped, and I don't think Judaism makes any more sense than Christianity, and I don't think Christianity makes any more sense than Scientology.  But here's a guy, L. Ron Hubbard, who told all his friends, 'Look, I'm gonna start a religion, 'cause I can't make any money as a science fiction writer.'  I mean, he admitted that publicly!  At least with Jesus Christ, you can't go talk to the guy.  (Howard Stern)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 24, 2012, 08:30:51 AM
All that my work has shown is that you don't have to say that the way the universe began was the personal whim of god.  (Stephen Hawking)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2012, 07:21:18 AM
The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, both in theory and in practice.  (Mikhail Bakunin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 26, 2012, 06:45:06 PM
The long term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise.  Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant – baptism and holy communion – must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel.  (Gary North)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 28, 2012, 09:45:21 AM
I see life as a dance.  Does a dance have to have meaning?  You're dancing because you enjoy it.  (Jackie Mason)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 29, 2012, 08:20:19 AM
I was not, and was conceived.  I loved and did a little work.  I am not and grieve not.  (epitaph - W.K. Clifford)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 30, 2012, 07:48:54 AM
I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.  (Theodore Roosevelt)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 31, 2012, 07:59:55 AM
The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof.  (Ashley Montagu)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 01, 2012, 08:29:34 AM
This one is fitting after hearing about John Edwards on the news this morning:



"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.  Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious".
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 02, 2012, 08:42:34 AM
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 03, 2012, 09:08:28 PM
Protestantism was the triumph of Paul over Peter. Fundamentalism is the triumph of Paul over Christ.  (Will Durant)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 04, 2012, 10:09:12 AM
Being a Christian apologist is like being a professional air guitarist.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 05, 2012, 09:00:04 AM
I have the honesty to say I’m an atheist.  There is nothing that supports the idea of a personal God.  (Ernst Mayr, Harvard University; one of the most influential biologists in history).
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 06, 2012, 03:03:08 PM
You are never dedicated to do something you have complete confidence in.  No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.  When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.  (Robert M. Pirsig)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 07, 2012, 10:08:45 AM
Assuming the universe came from nothing, it is empty to begin with. Only by the constant action of an agent outside the universe, such as God, could a state of nothingness be maintained.  The fact that we have something is just what we would expect if there is no God.  (Victor J. Stenger, Prof. Physics, University of Hawaii)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 08, 2012, 11:32:02 AM
Religious hatreds ought not to be propagated at all, but certainly not on a tax-exempt basis.  (James A. Michener)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 09, 2012, 04:23:54 PM
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.  (David Hume)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 10, 2012, 09:22:02 PM
One of the foundation stones of our faith is the Old Testament. If that book is not true, if its authors were unaided men, if it contains blunders and falsehoods, then that stone crumbles to dust. The Old Testament must be thrown aside. It is no longer a foundation. It has crumbled.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 11, 2012, 09:06:39 AM
It seems that if our species ever eradicates itself through war, it will not be because it was written in the stars but because it was written in our books; it is what we do with words like “god” and “paradise” and “sin” in the present that will determine our future.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 12, 2012, 12:13:14 PM
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.  (Philip K. Dick)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 13, 2012, 08:34:22 AM
It is contended by many that ours is a Christian government, founded upon the Bible, and that all who look upon the book as false or foolish are destroying the foundation of our country.  The truth is, our government is not founded upon the rights of gods, but upon the rights of men.  Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity.  Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people.  It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do.  And yet there are some judges dishonest and cowardly enough to solemnly decide that this is a Christian country, and that our free institutions are based upon the infamous laws of Jehovah.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 14, 2012, 07:23:49 AM
Every christian who tries to escape the path of a speeding bullet with fear in his eye is an example of a "foxhole conversion" to atheism and proves they don't really believe in a heavenly paradise in the hereafter. There are a hell of a lot more of those conversions than there are of atheists to christians.  (Darrell Plank)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 15, 2012, 08:38:04 AM
We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism, we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today. Our battle is with Satan himself.  (Reverend Jerry Falwell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 16, 2012, 04:21:14 PM
We query whether the blood of so many hundred thousand Protestants, mingled with the blood of so many thousand Catholics spilled since the Reformation be not a warning to us.  (Roger Williams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 17, 2012, 09:13:56 AM
Even if we don't have a precise idea of exactly what took place at the beginning, we can at least see that the origin of the universe from nothing need not be unlawful or unnatural or unscientific.  (Paul Davies, physicist, Arizona State University)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 18, 2012, 09:11:08 PM
If ever there were an antidote to dogmatism, atheism is it.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 19, 2012, 09:10:05 AM
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 20, 2012, 09:50:45 AM
Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 21, 2012, 08:55:01 AM
You say "Heretic" like it was a bad thing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 22, 2012, 09:38:46 AM
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things & evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.  (Steven Weinberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 23, 2012, 08:41:41 AM
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.  (Francis Bacon)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 24, 2012, 06:20:39 PM
To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all creeds.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 25, 2012, 09:34:02 AM
God is introduced to give dignity and emphasis, and then he is banished.  It was this very atheistic Declaration of Independence which had inspired the 'higher law' doctrine of the radical antislavery men.  If the mischievous abolitionists had only followed the Bible instead of the godless Declaration, they would have been bound to acknowledge that human bondage was divinely ordained.  The mission of southerners was therefore clear; they must defend the word of God against abolitionist infidels.  (Thomas Smyth, minister of 2nd Presbyterian Church of Charleston, S.C.)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 26, 2012, 09:06:28 AM
It degrades from the equal rank of citizens all those whose opinions in religion do not bend to those of the legislative authority.  Distant as it may be in its present form from the inquisition, it differs from it only in degree.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 27, 2012, 08:25:55 AM
If god listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished; for they are forever praying for evil against one another.  (Epicurus)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 28, 2012, 07:40:34 AM
Oh look honey, another pro-lifer for war!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 29, 2012, 11:17:33 AM
As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 30, 2012, 01:13:28 PM
There is no room in science for the arbitrary meddling of an unknown force or being that intervenes who-knows-when to do who-knows-what for who-knows-why and who-knows-how.  That’s not science; that’s just magic.  (Austin Cline)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 02, 2012, 12:51:49 PM
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.  (Delos McKown)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 03, 2012, 10:54:52 AM
The church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 04, 2012, 09:17:55 AM
Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by ecclesiastical bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 05, 2012, 09:41:29 AM
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic.  I do not pretend to know, where many ignorant men are sure, that is all that agnosticism means.  (Clarence Darrow)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 06, 2012, 09:06:24 AM
A great error is more easily propagated than a great truth, because it is easier to believe, than to reason, and because people prefer the marvels of romances to the simplicity of history.  (Charles François Dupuis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 08, 2012, 02:41:34 PM
Science is only truly consistent with an atheistic worldview with regards to the claimed miracles of the gods of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Moreover, the true believers in each of these faiths are atheists regarding the specific sacred tenets of all other faiths.  Christianity rejects the proposition that the Quran contains the infallible words of the creator of the universe.  Muslims and Jews reject the divinity of Jesus.  (Lawrence M. Krauss)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 09, 2012, 09:14:23 AM
If it turns out that there is a god, I don't think that he's evil.  But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.  (Woody Allen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 10, 2012, 12:34:02 PM
We are punished by our sins, not for them.  (Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 11, 2012, 09:30:17 AM
Formal religion was organized for slaves.  It offered them consolation which earth did not provide. (Elbert Hubbard)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 12, 2012, 09:31:53 AM
I prayed for freedom for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.  (Frederick Douglass)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 14, 2012, 01:54:51 PM
There is no god higher than truth.  (Mahatma Ghandi)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 15, 2012, 01:14:20 PM
Nothing agrees with me.  If I drink coffee, it gives me dyspepsia; if I drink wine, it gives me the gout; if I go to church, it gives me dysentery.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 16, 2012, 09:47:18 AM
So long as the priest, that professional negator, slanderer and poisoner of life, is regarded as a superior type of human being, there cannot be any answer to the question: What is Truth?  (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 17, 2012, 09:48:56 AM
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial.  What has been its fruits?  More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 18, 2012, 08:29:21 AM
There is no polite way of asking someone: “Have you considered the possibility that your entire life has been devoted to a delusion?”  (Daniel Dennett)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 19, 2012, 09:12:21 AM
I think the fault is more with historicists who have stubbornly failed to develop a good theory of historicity.  By simply resting on the feeble laurels of prima facie plausibility ('Jesus existed because everyone said so') and subjective notions of absurdity ('I can't believe Jesus didn't exist!'), the existence of Jesus has largely been taken for granted, even by competent historians who explicitly try to argue for it.  (Earl Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2012, 09:27:17 AM
Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seems to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 21, 2012, 02:02:00 PM
Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith. We need believing people.  (Adolf Hitler, April 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 22, 2012, 09:42:05 AM
If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 23, 2012, 09:24:05 AM
For me the Jewish religion, like all others, is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them.  (Albert Einstein)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 24, 2012, 08:08:24 AM
I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive:  You are an intelligent human being.  Your life is valuable for its own sake.  You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind.  You are not inherently evil, you are inherently human, possessing the positive, rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy.  Trust yourself.  (Dan Barker)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 25, 2012, 11:11:52 AM
The mind gives meaning to anything, but the meaning it gives is meaningless.  (J. Krishnamurti)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2012, 08:24:47 AM
The lessons of the First Amendment are as urgent in the modern world as the 18th Century when it was written.  One timeless lesson is that if citizens are subjected to state-sponsored religious exercises, the State disavows its own duty to guard and respect that sphere of inviolable conscience and belief which is the mark of a free people.  (Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 27, 2012, 09:46:57 AM
Having a debate with you creationists is equivalent to playing a chess match against a pigeon who knocks over all the pieces, takes a crap on the board and flies back to his flock and claims victory.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 30, 2012, 09:03:27 AM
The Church does not dictate the policies of the nation.  The Church proclaims the truth of God to which all these policies must conform.  (Father Frank Provone of Priests for Life, at a prayer breakfast during the 2000 Republican convention)


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Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 31, 2012, 10:13:36 AM
Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed.  Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God.  (Martin Luther)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 01, 2012, 08:40:57 AM
Most religious people would rather be certain than right.  (Leonard Tramiel)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 02, 2012, 08:48:58 AM
It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 03, 2012, 09:23:34 AM
We all behave as though what we think is true, is true.  (Mark Thomas)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 06, 2012, 07:37:58 AM
The Age of Reason was responsible for making more people into infidels than any other book except the Bible.  (Gordon Stein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 07, 2012, 10:27:13 AM
Dear Religion: While you were debating which animal was ok to eat, I just landed on Mars.  Sincerely, your pal, Science.
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 08, 2012, 10:06:46 AM
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.  (Benjamin Disraeli)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 09, 2012, 08:55:05 AM
No great thinker was ever celebrated for his unbelievable ability to 'respect' everyone’s awful ideas and defer to those who held them. The highest respect one can pay to another’s idea is to scrutinize it and explain what might be wrong. This is what 'respect' means in the intellectual domain.  (Spencer Mulesky)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 10, 2012, 09:56:14 AM
How did the Holocaust happen?  Because God allowed it to happen.  Why did it happen?  Because God said, 'My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.'   (Rev. John Hagee)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 11, 2012, 09:00:10 PM
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 13, 2012, 09:55:41 AM
If Christ were here, there is one thing he would not be — a Christian.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 14, 2012, 10:19:19 AM
Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy is a coffin.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2012, 09:25:46 AM
If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic schoolchildren would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.  (Lenny Bruce)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 16, 2012, 09:12:38 AM
I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.  (William H. Taft)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 17, 2012, 09:16:52 AM
I don’t believe in any gods or goddesses, because they are so obviously human inventions.  Desert-dwellers have severe, austere and dry gods; suffering and oppressed people have loving and merciful gods; farmers have gods of rain and fruitfulness, and I have never met a liberal who believed in a conservative god, or a conservative who believed in a liberal one.  Every god I have ever heard of bears the indelible marks of human manufacture, and through history we can explain how and why we invented them.  (Andrew Copson).
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 18, 2012, 04:09:17 PM
Man is the religious animal.  He is the only animal that has the true religion - several of them.  He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.  He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 19, 2012, 06:14:56 PM
The things of this world take up too much of my time, of which indeed I have too little left, to undertake anything like a reformation in religion.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 20, 2012, 09:06:31 AM
Religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else’s stinks.
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 21, 2012, 09:15:33 AM
How much reverence can you have for a supreme being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in his defined system of creation?  (Joseph Heller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 22, 2012, 10:48:10 AM
Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.  (Martin Luther)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 23, 2012, 09:08:23 AM
Atheist is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term; it admits of no paltering and of no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech.  (Chapman Cohen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 24, 2012, 09:46:22 AM
We believe democracy is an atheist-call that idolizes human beings.  (manifesto of Ansar al-Sunnah, Iraq terrorist group)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2012, 04:02:16 PM
"We're in a religious war and we need to aggressively oppose secular humanism; these people are as religiously motivated as we are and they are filled with the devil."  (Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 26, 2012, 03:56:58 PM
Revealed religion has no weight with me.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 27, 2012, 08:55:53 AM
The bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals.  That doesn't mean that god doesn't love heterosexuals.  It's just that they need more supervision.  (Anon)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 29, 2012, 09:30:18 AM
The story of Jesus Christ appearing after he was dead is the story of an apparition, such as timid imaginations can always create in vision, and credulity believe.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 30, 2012, 08:57:29 AM
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  (Edmund Burke)
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Post by: Star Stuff on August 31, 2012, 07:46:16 AM
One good schoolmaster is of more use than 100 priests.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 01, 2012, 05:07:32 PM
The declaration which says that god visits the sins of the fathers upon the children is contrary to every principle of moral justice.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 04, 2012, 09:45:16 AM
The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.  (from The Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, written during the administration of President George Washington, signed by President John Adams, and unanimously approved by the Senate in 1797)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 05, 2012, 09:25:18 AM
There ain't no answer.  There ain't going to be any answer.  There never has been an answer.  That's the answer.  (Gertrude Stein)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 06, 2012, 09:56:57 AM
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by Scripture.  (Thomas Paine)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 07, 2012, 09:32:48 AM
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.  Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way.  So I stole one and asked him to forgive me.  (Emo Philips)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 10, 2012, 12:58:18 PM
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work.  I want to achieve it through not dying.  (Woody Allen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 11, 2012, 08:14:56 AM
I wonder who got the job of scouring the planet for the 15000 species of butterfly or the 8800 species of ants they eventually took on board Noah’s ark. At least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble.  (Azura Skye)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 12, 2012, 09:09:44 AM
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.  (George Santayana)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 13, 2012, 09:14:07 AM
As long as every question is answered by the word “god”, scientific inquiry is simply impossible.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 14, 2012, 08:52:57 AM
We cannot permit any inquisition either within or without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office.  The mind of America must be forever free.  (Calvin Coolidge)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 15, 2012, 06:22:10 PM
As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don’t know, 50,000,000 years of that I’d start to get a little bored.  (Rick Reynolds)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 17, 2012, 09:38:25 AM
People who oppose evolution, and seek to have creationism or intelligent design included in science curricula, seek to dismiss and change the most successful way of knowing ever discovered.  They wish to substitute opinion and belief for evidence and testing.  The proponents of creationism/intelligent design promote scientific ignorance in the guise of learning.  As professional scientists and educators, we strongly assert that such efforts are both misguided and flawed, presenting an incorrect view of science, its understandings, and its processes.  (Botanical Society of America)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 18, 2012, 10:01:02 AM
One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed it.  They also believed the world was flat.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 19, 2012, 09:02:36 AM
Blasphemy?  No, it is not blasphemy.  If god is as vast as that, he is above blasphemy; if he is as little as that, he is beneath it.  (Mark Twain)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 20, 2012, 08:25:12 AM
AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.  (Reverend Jerry Falwell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 21, 2012, 10:15:17 AM
God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them.  (John Stuart Mill)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2012, 02:17:36 PM
In the fullness of time, educated people will believe there is no soul independent of the body, and hence no life after death.  (Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2012, 10:35:02 AM
Fundamentalism isn’t about religion, it’s about power.  (Salman Rushdie)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 25, 2012, 08:40:56 AM
The church is the world's great lost and found department.  (Robert L. Short)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2012, 09:28:49 AM
Civil officials have no business meddling in private religious affairs.  (Thomas Jefferson, when asked to issue an official prayer proclamation)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2012, 08:20:10 AM
An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of the church. An atheist believes that deeds 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 famished, war eliminated.  (Justin Brown)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2012, 08:51:09 AM
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly.  Men feared witches and burnt women.  It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.  (Justice Louis D. Brandeis)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2012, 06:41:25 PM
If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.  (Voltaire)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 30, 2012, 07:19:23 PM
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  (Martin Luther King, Jr)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 01, 2012, 10:12:13 AM
So I'm sorry, I don't respect people who believe in religion.  I was religious when I was a kid.  We all had dumb stuff drilled into our head.  It doesn't mean when you get to be an adult you can't drill it out.  I tell you something else they drilled into my head when I was a kid, mercury in my cavities.  We found out later mercury is so bad we shouldn't even eat it when there is a trace of it in fish.  But it was drilled into my teeth.  So when I got older, I had it drilled out.  You can do the same thing with religion.  To talk about this terrorism situation without talking about religion is like talking about AIDS in America without talking about homosexuality.  You can do it; it will get you applause on Oprah; but it's not true.  (Bill Maher)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2012, 09:50:28 AM
Fear believes, courage doubts.  Fear falls upon the earth and prays, courage stands erect and thinks.  Fear retreats, courage advances.  Fear is barbarism, courage is civilization.  Fear believes in witchcraft, in devils and in ghosts.  Fear is religion, courage is science.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 03, 2012, 09:36:05 AM
I would rather open a child’s mind to wonder than close it with belief.
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 04, 2012, 09:55:15 AM
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good ground for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 05, 2012, 09:31:03 AM
A creed is an ossified metaphor.  (Elbert Hubbard)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 06, 2012, 06:18:26 PM
Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone for the last church falls on the last priest.  (Emile Zola)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 07, 2012, 10:18:19 AM
If your holy book gave laws about how to keep slaves, your holy book is disqualified as a source for developing a moral code.
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 09, 2012, 12:11:35 PM
Atheism, in its negation of gods is at the same time the strongest affirmation of man, and through man, the eternal yea to life, purpose, and beauty.  (Emma Goldman)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 10, 2012, 12:14:28 PM
The national Government sees in both Christian denominations the most important factor for the maintenance of our society.  (Adolf Hitler, speech at the Reichstag, March 1933)
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on October 26, 2012, 10:02:08 AM
If your religion is worth killing for, please start with yourself.
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on December 19, 2012, 11:42:08 AM
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.  (Napoleon Bonaparte)
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on December 21, 2012, 09:49:34 AM
Faith means the will to avoid knowing what is true.  (Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on December 25, 2012, 10:40:25 AM
God is Santa on steroids.
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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff 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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Post by: Star Stuff on December 29, 2012, 03:04:41 PM
With soap, baptism is a good thing.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 31, 2012, 11:36:55 AM
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.  Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear. Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences.  If it ends in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others which it will procure for you.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 01, 2013, 12:20:45 PM
Happy New Year!




(PS: Your god is imaginary)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 04, 2013, 10:32:05 AM
Wherever science has not yet cast its illuminating light, the supernatural or metaphysical can and will always be unwrapped by some of us, to provide an explanation.  (Ronald Jenner)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 05, 2013, 05:46:46 PM
Religion is a byproduct of fear.  For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary?  Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?  (Sir Arthur C. Clarke)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 06, 2013, 10:17:26 PM
Imagine encouraging a child to participate in such 'twisted' rituals and worshiping of tortuous crucifixes and such like this from birth.  No wonder we have so many hateful and sadistic people in our society.  (Brent Allsop)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 07, 2013, 10:58:36 AM
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  (Sir Arthur C. Clarke)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 08, 2013, 11:22:05 AM
There is not enough love and goodness in the world for us to be permitted to give any of it away to imaginary things.  (Nietzsche)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 09, 2013, 11:13:22 AM
Well, I believe that there is somebody out there who watches over us.  Unfortunately, it's the government.  (Woody Allen)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 10, 2013, 11:01:30 AM
On the other hand, famous evolutionists such as Dobzhansky were firm believers in a personal god.  He would work as a scientist all week and then on Sunday get down on his knees and pray to God.  Frankly I’ve never been able to understand it because you would need two totally different compartments in your brain, one that deals with religion and the other with everything else.  (Ernst Mayr)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 11, 2013, 10:48:36 AM
All religions are sick men's dreams, false, demonstrably false, and pernicious.  (Ibn Warraq)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 13, 2013, 12:42:36 PM
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 14, 2013, 11:10:57 AM
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient.  There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.  (Bill Gates)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 15, 2013, 10:32:23 AM
I am a hopeless materialist.  I see this all as nothing else than the sum of activities of the organism plus personal habits, inherited habits, memories, experiences, of the organism.  I believe that when I am dead, I am dead.  I believe that with my death I am just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you squashed.  (Jack London)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 16, 2013, 11:50:06 AM
The establishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of constitutional principles.  (James Madison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 17, 2013, 03:03:12 PM
It is easier to suppose that the universe has existed for all eternity than to conceive a being beyond its limits capable of creating it.  (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 18, 2013, 10:49:10 AM
Never yet has a god been defined in terms which were not palpably self-contradictory and absurd; never yet has a god been described so that a concept of Him was made possible to human thought.  (Annie Besant)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 19, 2013, 11:01:12 AM
In our ignorance, fear, and craving for order, we created the gods; and ignorance, fear and craving keep them with us.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 21, 2013, 10:31:16 AM
Claiming that someone elses marriage is against your religion is like being angry at someone for eating a doughnut because you’re on a diet.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 22, 2013, 11:16:58 AM
Is man just one of God's mistakes?  Or is God just one of man's?  (Nietzsche)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 23, 2013, 09:45:12 AM
Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.  I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their (not our) religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.  (George Washington)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 24, 2013, 10:43:25 AM
Religion belonged to the infancy of humanity. Now that humanity has come of age, it should be left behind.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2013, 11:50:04 AM
Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the 'remaking' of the Reich as they call it.  (Adolf Hitler)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 26, 2013, 11:43:12 AM
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.  (Isaac Asimov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 27, 2013, 09:46:50 AM
It is because one can build a compelling set of arguments, informed by science and thoroughly compatible with it, that to believe in anything despite the complete lack of evidence is, in fact, irrational.  (Dr. Massimo Pigliucci)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 28, 2013, 11:12:28 AM
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!  But He loves you.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 29, 2013, 12:54:49 PM
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of atheism.  (Annie Wood Besant)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 30, 2013, 10:49:01 AM
There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermingle with religion.  Its least interference with it would be a most flagrant usurpation.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 31, 2013, 11:29:35 AM
What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era?  Where are fifty gospels, condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius?  Where are the forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because suspected of heresy?  Remember the 'index expurgatorius', the inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter and the guillotine.  (John Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 01, 2013, 11:09:21 AM
What has been said of God is either unintelligible or perfectly contradictory; and for this reason must appear impossible to every man of common sense.  (Baron d'Holbach)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 02, 2013, 08:35:45 AM
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 03, 2013, 06:43:00 PM
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.  (Abraham Lincoln)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 04, 2013, 10:12:26 AM
Autocracy cannot do without its twin agents: a hangman and a priest. The first to suppress popular resistance by force, the second to sweeten and embellish the lot of the oppressed with empty promises of a heavenly kingdom.  (Vladimir Lenin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 05, 2013, 08:19:53 AM
Prayer: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.  (Ambrose Bierce)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 06, 2013, 10:05:13 AM
The mind of one freethinker can possess a million ideas.  A million fanatics can have their minds possessed by a single idea.
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 07, 2013, 10:04:41 AM
We did not get our freedom from the church.  The great truth, that all men are by nature free, was never told on Sinai’s barren crags, nor by the lonely shores of Galilee.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 08, 2013, 01:19:57 PM
If language is to be of any use to us, then we ought to try and preserve the meaning of words, and 'god' historically has not meant the laws of nature.  (Steven Weinberg)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 09, 2013, 10:14:46 AM
Science is advanced by proposing and testing hypothesis, not by declaring questions unsolvable.  (N. J. Matzke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2013, 10:46:27 AM
The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 11, 2013, 11:42:19 AM
The church at the time was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo’s doctrine.  Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just.  (Paul Feyerabend, quoted in 1990 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become pope in 2005)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 12, 2013, 08:00:02 AM
On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 13, 2013, 08:42:36 AM
I'm an Atheist, and that's it.  I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.  (Katharine Hepburn)










*I will be away until the 26th of Feb.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 25, 2013, 07:07:12 PM
I have found God, but he is insufficient.  (Henry Miller)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 01, 2013, 04:05:52 PM
George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and Christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 02, 2013, 11:35:32 AM
A cult is a religion with no political power.  (Tom Wolfe)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 04, 2013, 10:30:21 AM
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud.  Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 07, 2013, 11:07:52 AM
To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 09, 2013, 10:13:28 AM
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it's a way of thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we're up for grabs for the next charlatan, political or religious, who comes ambling along.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 11, 2013, 09:59:30 AM
Basically we are chimpanzees with about two percent more intelligence and a little less hair.  (Ted Turner)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 12, 2013, 12:28:53 PM
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.  (Douglas Adams)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 13, 2013, 09:58:07 AM
Evolution is one of the most robust and widely accepted principles of modern science.  (The American Association for the Advancement of Science)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 14, 2013, 07:47:04 AM
The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact.  (Sir Leslie Stephen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 15, 2013, 07:38:24 AM
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.  (John Cage)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 17, 2013, 09:28:41 AM
Carl Sagan on Mastering The Vital Balance of Skepticism and openness: “It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. Obviously those two modes of thought are in some tension. But if you are able to exercise only one of these modes, whichever one it is, you’re in deep trouble.

If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.) But every now and then, maybe once in a hundred cases, a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you are too much in the habit of being skeptical about everything, you are going to miss or resent it, and either way you will be standing in the way of understanding and progress.

On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful as from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all.

Some ideas are better than others. The machinery for distinguishing them is an essential tool in dealing with the world and especially in dealing with the future. And it is precisely the mix of these two modes of thought that is central to the success of science.”
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 18, 2013, 10:58:51 AM
The Christian take on hellfire seems less dramatic than the Muslim vision, which I grew up with, but Christian magical thinking appeals to me no more than my mother's angels and djinns.  (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 19, 2013, 09:31:58 AM
All great truths begin as blasphemies.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 20, 2013, 08:51:02 AM
We may define "faith" as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence. Where there is evidence, no one speaks of "faith". We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence. The substitution of emotion for evidence is apt to lead to strife, since different groups substitute different emotions.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 21, 2013, 08:16:43 AM
The Old Testament filled this world with tyranny and injustice, and the New gives us a future filled with pain for nearly all of the sons of men.  The Old Testament describes the hell of the past, and the New the hell of the future.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 22, 2013, 10:17:45 AM
The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state.  (James Madison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 24, 2013, 03:31:08 PM
Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?  (George Bernard Shaw)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 25, 2013, 08:24:02 AM
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 26, 2013, 02:23:02 PM
The greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called religion. (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 27, 2013, 11:04:30 AM
To command their professors of astronomy to refute their own observations is to command them not to see what they do see and not to understand what they do understand.  (Galileo Galilei)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 28, 2013, 10:53:45 AM
Praying is begging for an unseen deity to alter the laws of nature for someone admittedly unworthy.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 29, 2013, 01:22:16 PM
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence. (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 30, 2013, 02:48:54 PM
Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst.  (C.S. Lewis)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 03, 2013, 12:51:08 PM
Eternal nothingness is okay if you're dressed for it.  (Woody Allen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 04, 2013, 10:16:41 AM
Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 05, 2013, 09:06:26 AM
If there is a god, a caring god, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world.  (Dave Matthews)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 07, 2013, 02:07:46 PM
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.  (Samuel Johnson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 08, 2013, 08:28:18 AM
Funny how miracles have gone downhill over the last 2000 years. It used to be all about healing the sick, raising the dead and impregnating virgins. Now it's vague shapes on food, window smudges, mildew stains and bird poop.  (Jim Craig)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 09, 2013, 08:37:28 AM
Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 10, 2013, 07:54:28 AM
Religious people and donkeys:

A donkey is a simple creature, it would follow a carrot on a stick, but it is still capable, even with its most basic of intellect, of determining when there is no carrot.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 11, 2013, 09:14:54 AM
Primates often have trouble imagining a universe not run by an angry alpha male.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 12, 2013, 08:09:38 AM
The Bible has fingerprints all over it, and none of them are God-sized.
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 13, 2013, 12:20:05 PM
Q: Prove God doesn’t exist.

A: That’s a tough one. Show me how it’s done by proving Zeus and Apollo don’t exist, and I’ll use your method.  (Pat Condell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 14, 2013, 11:31:01 AM
Gods are children's blankets that get carried over into adulthood.  (James Randi)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 15, 2013, 10:14:32 AM
Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed.  Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.  (Tim Minchin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 16, 2013, 09:41:08 AM
There are three kinds of people: those who seek the truth as revealed by a higher authority; those who seek the truth as defined by rational enquiry; and the vast majority, who believe whatever they find convenient.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 17, 2013, 08:23:27 AM
Doesn't it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 18, 2013, 08:42:18 AM
Break the cycle of religion. Stop lying to children.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 19, 2013, 09:17:30 AM
Hell would be to have to spend eternity in a Heaven with those who are sure they are going there.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 20, 2013, 10:27:10 AM
Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops.  (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 21, 2013, 04:40:43 PM
When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.  (Sigmund Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 22, 2013, 09:28:03 AM
Creationists don't want equal time; they want all the time there is.  (Isaac Asimov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 23, 2013, 08:39:02 AM
Anyone who makes blanket statements about Muslims, about Americans, about any category of people is wrong. However, someone who makes blanket statements about "God's will" is expressing an ideology, a scary and unreasoning ideology.  (Sean Faircloth)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 24, 2013, 09:51:23 AM
A man without religion is like a fish without a bicycle.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 25, 2013, 07:52:48 AM
Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.  (Jon Stewart)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 26, 2013, 07:58:03 AM
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of the astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 27, 2013, 09:14:36 AM
It’s 90 degrees in the shade in Jerusalem.  Where did Noah get two penguins and two polar bears from?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 28, 2013, 02:23:34 PM
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.  (Isaac Asimov)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 29, 2013, 09:56:50 AM
First they thought there are many gods, now they say there is one, but finally they will come to real number and realize that there is none.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 30, 2013, 07:54:00 AM
When you will die you will be closer to god because after your death you will not exist.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 01, 2013, 08:38:01 AM
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 02, 2013, 07:40:19 AM
Children are born without religion; don't give them your neurosis.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 03, 2013, 09:24:19 AM
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  (George Bernard Shaw)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 04, 2013, 01:28:12 PM
Religions as a product of natural selection?  You can also say there are psychological predispositions which are understandable on Darwinian grounds. A predisposition to obey authority, for example, which might be very valuable for survival, especially for children. And that predisposition is automatically available to be parasitized by nonsensical ideas of superstition and religion.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 05, 2013, 09:15:41 AM
If all exclusive religions are right, and everyone else is wrong, aren’t they all just wrong?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 06, 2013, 08:49:00 AM
Prayers never bring anything.  They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy, but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.  (W. C. Fields)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 07, 2013, 07:47:08 AM
Religion demands perfect evidence from science, yet no evidence from itself.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 08, 2013, 09:21:51 AM
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.  (Johannes Kepler)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 09, 2013, 08:24:20 AM
Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance.  (Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 10, 2013, 07:44:44 AM
Children are naïve - they trust everyone.  School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble.  (Frank Zappa)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 11, 2013, 08:11:29 AM
Faith is nothing more than hope with a gambling addiction.  (Mark Chronos)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 12, 2013, 09:11:20 AM
Christians worship a dead Jew on a stick.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 13, 2013, 10:39:41 AM
I never understood religion until I witnessed a shackled man being beaten into submission. "Trust me," said the torturer, "when you tell me what I want to hear, the suffering will stop."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 14, 2013, 07:40:36 AM
Interstingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God ar all answered at about the same 50% rate.  (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 15, 2013, 08:21:39 AM
The idea of Christ is much older than Christianity.  (George Santayana)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 16, 2013, 09:15:40 AM
Gods don’t kill people. People with gods kill people.  (David Viaene)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 17, 2013, 08:49:47 AM
The death of dogma is the birth of reality.  (Kant)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 18, 2013, 06:54:05 PM
Life is a vacation from two eternities, who wants to waste those precious years worrying about what happens when you get back to forever?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2013, 09:33:02 AM
All churches beat the devil good, but they are very careful not to kill him!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 21, 2013, 09:41:13 AM

When you ask me to respect religion because people believe in it, I want you to remember something. I want you to remember that long ago your ancestors were not Christian or Muslim. They had their own culture and customs native to their heritage. Through military conquest religion spread itself through the Old World, and those distant relatives were faced with a choice: either accept Christianity/Islam or die a painful death. This was how most major religions today achieved their position of respect.

After Europe had been fully indoctrinated, the papal Doctrine of Discovery gave the authority to all good Christians to conquer the native peoples of the New World and claim that land for God and the Church. Millions died mercilessly and were even tortured by Christian heroes like Christopher Columbus.

Now, thousands of years later, when we no longer have to respect these beliefs upon pain of death, we are told that we should respect religion. We are told by those within even the non religious community that we should show respect to these ideas that have gained a place of vaunted privilege in our societies which are built upon the graves of any who dared question or challenge the authority of divine providence.

You think you are being rational. You think you are being reasonable. What you are really doing is propping up the last leg of human slavery to bad ideas and providing intellectual cover for religion to keep a place of honor and respect it never earned.

Please, stop protecting religion in the guise of false humility. Be honest and firm with your beliefs and never expect anyone to respect your ideas unless they earn it, and always be willing to be wrong. That is what it means to be a free thinker.

(Timothy Havener)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 22, 2013, 09:14:59 AM
The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.  (Salman Rushdie)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 23, 2013, 08:57:39 AM
And on the trillionth day, Man created Gods.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 24, 2013, 08:12:04 AM
Men tend to have the beliefs that suit their passions. Cruel men believe in a cruel God, and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly God, and they would be kindly in any case.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2013, 01:44:24 PM
A good king inspires loyalty. An evil tyrant demands blind obediance. A good king allows those who do not want to serve him leave in peace. An evil tyrant kills and tortures those who will not be slaves. This is why I could never be christian.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 27, 2013, 12:11:38 PM
Why would some all powerful being create creatures capable of reason and then demand that they act in a manner contrary to their creation?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 28, 2013, 11:55:38 AM
The only thing that truly controls morals is the conscience. No fabricated god or invented soul can match the natural feelings of embarrassment or regret. To do bad things and then be absolved of those actions, as the church permits, prevents the conscience from doing its job.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 29, 2013, 09:06:41 AM
Deaths in the Bible:

God:  2,270,365 not including the victims of Noah's flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc because no specific numbers were given.

Satan – 10



Who needs Satan when you have a God like this?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 30, 2013, 12:30:45 PM
One person believing in a magical man in the sky is madness.

One hundred people believing in a magical man in the sky is a cult.

One million people believing in a magical man in the sky is a religion.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 31, 2013, 09:15:43 AM
Dear religious people:  Don't worry, when atheists become the majority, we will treat you far better than you have historically treated us when you were the majority.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 01, 2013, 07:02:37 PM
Religion is exactly what you deserve when you let others do your thinking for you.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 02, 2013, 04:11:17 PM
Science teaches you to open your eyes and appreciate the reality around you. Religion teaches you to close your eyes and cling to the fantasy within you.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 03, 2013, 10:00:01 AM
Never trust anyone who tries to sell you an invisible product.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 04, 2013, 10:09:46 AM
I see believers killing each other over whose god is better, wiser or more righteous, but I don't see atheists killing each other over who believes less.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 05, 2013, 09:21:11 AM
In the same week science safely dropped a human being from space, religion shot a 14 year old girl in the head for wanting to go to school.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 06, 2013, 09:12:21 AM
Imagination is the most important religious faculty.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 07, 2013, 09:51:23 AM
If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 08, 2013, 09:56:31 AM
Losing your faith is gaining your sense.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 09, 2013, 07:46:27 PM
Religion prevents our children from having a rational education; religion prevents us from removing the fundamental causes of war; religion prevents us from teaching the ethic of scientific co-operation in place of the old fierce doctrines of sin and punishment. It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 10, 2013, 09:13:29 AM
If you think your afterlife will be better than your current life, you're not really living. You're just waiting to die.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 11, 2013, 09:44:09 AM
The stupidity of theists unfortunately outweighs the intelligence of atheists.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 12, 2013, 09:31:38 AM
Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 13, 2013, 09:25:21 AM
The bible was written by anonymous, believed by the clueless, and enforced by the immoral.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 14, 2013, 08:07:27 AM
Deities inhabit the dark places over the horizon of knowledge, and retreat as light approaches.  (A.C. Grayling)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 15, 2013, 05:39:29 PM
Gravity is "just a theory" too, anyone who doubts it is welcome to jump out of a ten story window.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 16, 2013, 06:37:56 PM
What you’re jumping over when you take that leap of faith, is thinking.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 17, 2013, 08:51:17 AM
Believers wrongly call atheists "hard hearted". But in all honesty, I'd rather have a hardened heart than a stagnant brain.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 18, 2013, 07:55:58 AM
The Bible fails to point out that slavery, child abuse and rape are bad things. But it did help mankind to abstain from picking up sticks on Saturdays.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 19, 2013, 09:43:57 AM
A belief is an idea around which we close our minds.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 20, 2013, 08:43:30 AM
If you can't see it, if you can't hear it, if you can't feel it, if you can't smell it, if you can't taste it or demonstrate its force or actions, in all likelihood, it does not exist. To think otherwise is to imagine it.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 21, 2013, 07:59:30 AM
I have never seen religious faith move mountains, but I've seen what it can do to skyscrapers.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 22, 2013, 09:11:43 AM
Religion is the only subject where your ability to ignore the facts is seen as a positive virtue.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 23, 2013, 03:35:14 PM
"Do what I tell you to or I'll beat you up" is the message given by the school bully.

"Believe what I tell you to or you'll burn for all time" is the message given by religion.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 24, 2013, 08:17:47 AM
If the bible is the good book, I would hate to see the bad book.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 25, 2013, 08:26:56 AM
If a billion people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 26, 2013, 07:59:46 AM
Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.  (Clifford Geertz)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 27, 2013, 09:01:05 AM
Using the bible to prove the bible is like using a comic book to prove batman.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 28, 2013, 08:40:22 AM
The truth of atheism sets you free more than any religious 'truth'. Free from trying to justify ridiculous myths, free from denying science, and free from being shamed by the words and deeds of other believers.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 29, 2013, 08:15:09 AM
I pity the theist. Their beliefs are so primitive...just like those who believed in Zeus and all the other gods that people have invented over the stretch of human history. Mythology is still mythology, then and now.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on June 30, 2013, 07:48:46 AM
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 01, 2013, 08:40:35 AM
He who feels pricked, must first have been a bubble.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 02, 2013, 09:13:06 AM
As atheists, let’s all agree that from now on, the religious will be referred to as “Non-Atheists.”
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 03, 2013, 09:54:53 AM
If you wouldnt let a doctor who studied out of a 2000 year old medical book preform surgery on you, why let a priest reading out of a 2000 year old book tell you how to live your life?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 04, 2013, 08:49:50 AM
A person's religion is their choice and their choice alone. They have no right to export that choice into anyone else's backyard, school system or government. They also have no right to expect their belief must remain unchallenged. Ignorance and myth must be challenged or we will all drown in ignorance and myth. Calling religious belief ignorance is not hate. It is the truth because religious belief seeks to supplant knowledge with myth, which is nothing more than the pretense of knowledge, which, by definition, is ignorance.  (Matt Fichter)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 05, 2013, 08:31:54 AM
In Judaism, Islam and Christianity, greed is forbidden - a deadly sin. Yet greed itself, greed of another life is what started all religions.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 07, 2013, 02:39:49 PM
I am creationist: I really believe Man created god.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 08, 2013, 09:32:27 AM
Any book that features a talking donkey (Numbers 22:21-30) to my mind is, and can only be, a fairytale.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 09, 2013, 07:49:08 AM
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 10, 2013, 08:40:23 AM
The Bible is a dangerous and confusing book in that a little good is mixed up in a whole lot of nasty poison and then fed to innocent impressionable young minds.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 11, 2013, 09:47:54 AM
I'd rather be grown up than born again.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 12, 2013, 08:48:55 AM
Isn't a day defined by the rotation of the Earth? To say that God created the Earth in seven days is like saying he created water whilst taking a shower.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 13, 2013, 08:17:20 AM
What theists really mean when they say...



"See the light" = Start living in a dream world.

"Moving away from God" = Start living in the real world.

"You are arrogant" = Please stop sticking to facts, it's annoying.

"I hope God can forgive you" = I wish I could shoot you.

"Good Christian" = Someone who does good deeds just to please God.

"Atheist" = Someone who does good deeds just because they can.

"Believers" = A club for people who like pretending they'll never die.

"Church" = Where the club meets to play the pretending game.

"The word of God" = I need a rule book and this is it.

"God's will" = Every single thing that could ever possibly happen.

"Against God's will" = You're not sticking to our book are you?

"Jesus loves you" = I think you're a twat.

"The end is nigh" = Listen, if you won't play the pretending game I'm going to wish you dead and then you'll get scared and start playing.

"Priest" = Someone who is an expert at pretending and has memorised lots of useless information to help delude others.

"Other religions" = They're just pretending the wrong pretend stuff is true but it isn't, only ours is the real pretend stuff.

"Scientists" = Those annoying people who keep making us look silly.

"Evolution" = Theory that makes much more sense than mine, just poke your tongue out and hope it goes away.

"Truth" = Delusions we in the club have all agreed on.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 14, 2013, 09:09:41 AM
They're right to call it the 'Holy Book'... after all it's full of holes.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 15, 2013, 09:10:27 AM
Question everything about religion, and you will discover why believers don't.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 16, 2013, 08:02:43 AM
If religion is the opium of the masses, atheism is rehab.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 17, 2013, 09:55:03 AM
Is it good, because your god tells you it is good? Then the morals you speak of are empty.
Does your god tell you it is good, because it is already good? Then the morals you speak of need no god.
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 18, 2013, 08:31:20 AM
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Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 19, 2013, 08:59:51 AM
Christianity offers reasons for not fearing death or the universe, and in so doing it fails to teach adequately the virtue of courage. The craving for religious faith being largely an outcome of fear, the advocates of faith tend to think that certain kinds of fear are not to be deprecated. In this, to my mind, they are gravely mistaken. To allow oneself to entertain pleasant beliefs as a means of avoiding fear is not to live in the best way. In so far as religion makes its appeal to fear, it is lowering to human dignity.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 20, 2013, 08:20:11 AM
The reason I know there's no god is that there are so many of them.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 21, 2013, 04:24:00 PM
Some argue that atheism is an equal and opposite to theism. This is incorrect, atheism is in fact the default position, theism is the anomaly to explain.  (Gabriel Neil)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 22, 2013, 09:31:59 AM
If there was a God, his miracles wouldn't only have been done when people weren’t looking for evidence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 23, 2013, 09:26:04 AM
The holy trinity is fear, ignorance and superstition.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 24, 2013, 08:59:26 AM
Why would anyone turn to God for advice in child rearing? After all, he drowned all of his own.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 25, 2013, 12:29:16 PM
Christianity vs. Islam; two bald men fighting over a comb.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2013, 09:23:13 AM
A Christian threatening an atheist with hell is like a hippy threatening to punch my aura.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 27, 2013, 08:41:44 AM
Only those in fear of losing god defend his existence so fervently.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 29, 2013, 09:11:11 AM
Every argument in history between science and religion has been won by science. When will they learn?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 30, 2013, 09:17:27 AM
I told my children never to touch the fruit bowl.  They were naughty and touched it though, so I threw them out in the middle of winter and cursed them to suffer horribly for the rest of their lives, and for all subsequent generations to suffer also.  I forgave them by sending my newest child to them to be tortured and murdered.  Am I a bit sick?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on July 31, 2013, 08:50:05 AM
Science explains reality without considering human wishes, and that is its greatest strength. Religion explains reality by only considering human wishes, and that is its greatest weakness. So, what do YOU want...reality, or self-indulgence?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 01, 2013, 09:52:07 AM
Science:  Trying to find the answers.
Religion:  Making them up.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 02, 2013, 10:12:18 AM
The more tightly you cling to your faith, the looser your grip is on reality.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 03, 2013, 09:30:44 AM
Accepting religion because science confuses you is like saying music sounds best on a kazoo.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 04, 2013, 09:22:51 AM
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.  (Thomas Paine)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 05, 2013, 09:44:41 AM
God was invented by cave men to explain thunder.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 06, 2013, 09:18:13 AM
You've got to question a story where the fruit of knowledge is forbidden.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 07, 2013, 09:04:40 AM
Only sheep need a shepherd.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 08, 2013, 09:44:21 AM
The Bible:  a book that can be used to turn you into a doormat or a killer... depending which passages you choose to take any notice of.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 09, 2013, 10:37:06 AM
Faith is the fabric of psychosis.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 10, 2013, 01:40:56 PM
Religious people claim that it’s just the “fundamentalists” of each religion that cause all the problems, but there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.  (David G. McAfee)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 11, 2013, 05:18:52 PM
If you have to lie to prove what you believe, then what you believe is a lie.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 12, 2013, 09:46:04 AM
To most Christians, the bible is like a software license; nobody actually reads it.  They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 13, 2013, 10:49:47 AM
God loves retards...or is it the other way round?  (Matt Gardner)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 14, 2013, 09:47:27 AM
A moral man needs religion as much as a blind man needs sunglasses.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 15, 2013, 10:09:16 AM
It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 16, 2013, 09:25:01 AM
The core of Christianity is this: It's an Iron Age cult of human sacrifice. Any love, compassion, or gentleness tacked onto it is just natural humanity's attempt to conceal the hideousness of that sick horror.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 17, 2013, 10:04:33 AM
Theology is ignorance with wings.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 18, 2013, 04:29:36 PM
Nine out of ten suicide bombers agree: “God is Great"
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 19, 2013, 09:23:53 AM
Why is it that when the religious want to mock atheism, they do so by making it sound more like religion?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 20, 2013, 10:29:28 AM
Watch people pray. Most people do it with their eyes closed, this should tell you something.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 21, 2013, 08:17:26 AM
Faith is the boast of the man who is too lazy to investigate.  (F.M. Knowles)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 22, 2013, 09:22:39 AM
Faith is deciding to allow yourself to believe something your intellect would otherwise cause you to reject, otherwise there’s no need for faith.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 23, 2013, 08:12:06 AM
"My sister once claimed she spun out of control into oncoming traffic. When she looked up, she was in the opposite lane and unharmed. She said that the hand of God moved from one lane into the other - to save her. I replied, "If the hand of God cannot prevent genocide in Rwanda, then it cannot move you so as to save your life."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 24, 2013, 08:53:28 AM
God was invented by cave men to explain thunder.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2013, 03:42:54 PM
Organized religion is the ball and chain around the leg of science.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 26, 2013, 09:17:01 AM
No one would believe in God if they didn't have something to gain from Him.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 27, 2013, 02:43:49 PM
The intensity of your religious conviction is inversely proportional to your grip on reality.  (Michael DeRousselle)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 28, 2013, 02:08:02 PM
Religion creates the most useful of slaves; those who think they are free.  (Paul Hampson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 29, 2013, 11:27:28 AM
Religion serves men as blinders serve horses.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 30, 2013, 09:50:39 AM
When a child has an imaginary friend they go to a psychologist.  When an adult has an imaginary friend, they go to church.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 31, 2013, 06:27:17 PM
Religious people suffer less depression, less stress and have a more positive outlook on life. But then, so do the mentally retarded.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 02, 2013, 06:09:07 PM
Prayer - how to feel like you're contributing by doing nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 03, 2013, 09:27:03 AM
Faith is not a virtue; faith is gullibility.  (Matt Dillahunty)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 04, 2013, 09:34:25 AM
Faith can give people a sort of hyperbolic confidence, an utter unconcern about whether they might be making a mistake.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 05, 2013, 08:29:53 AM
If you call someone “a man of faith”, it seems, for the moment, like a compliment. I'd like that to change.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 06, 2013, 09:05:29 AM
How many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell?  (Karl Popper)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 07, 2013, 09:27:50 AM
Religion is the ultimate slavery: it is the slavery of the mind.  (Paula Kirby)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 09, 2013, 09:17:49 AM
Science follows the evidence. Religion leads the blind.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 10, 2013, 08:25:09 AM
Mythology is where all gods go to die; a fresh grave should be dug for the God of Abraham.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 11, 2013, 03:10:59 PM
False religion does not deserve your money, and true religion should not need your money.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 12, 2013, 07:54:46 AM
The Abrahamic god enthusiastically endorses the vilest of all negations of freedom: slavery.  (Paula Kirby)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 13, 2013, 09:35:09 AM
There's only one thing standing in the way of me having a relationship with God......his existence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 14, 2013, 08:39:34 AM
A four-year-old is no more a Christian than he is a member of the Postal Worker's Union.  (Marcus Brigstocke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 15, 2013, 09:58:43 AM
I've got better things to do than sit in a pointy building listening to a man in a dress read a poem.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 16, 2013, 09:54:55 AM
God is more like an abusive spouse who only knows how to love through intimidation and violence.  (Austin Cline)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 17, 2013, 09:24:18 AM
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Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 18, 2013, 08:25:11 AM
The doubt of your faith is not god testing you, it is truth trying to emerge and free you.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 19, 2013, 02:42:14 PM
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 20, 2013, 09:10:36 AM
One canon of the Catholic church I wish all those followers would pursue is the vow of silence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 21, 2013, 11:30:58 AM
You know why I don't believe in god?  Well, it's because I do that thing you find so annoying; you know…..thinking.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2013, 10:41:31 AM
The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms.  (H.L. Mencken)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 23, 2013, 08:06:10 AM
Some children are raised in such an ideological prison that they willingly become their own jailers.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2013, 11:07:08 AM
Religion is the refuge of the morally weak and the intellectually lazy.  (Craig Smith)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 25, 2013, 11:17:47 AM
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, would believe in anything.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2013, 09:01:57 AM
The most important questions a human can ever ask must surely deserve the most convincing answers, not simply the most comforting.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2013, 09:08:43 AM
Believers should thank atheists for giving them a common target for their hatred. History clearly shows that without atheists, religious people quickly turn on each other.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2013, 07:26:15 AM
The fact that we can judge the morality of a religion clearly indicates that morals are grounded in something else.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2013, 09:23:07 AM
Primitive people, without the benefit of scientific method, could not see how the wind could move, so they concocted "gods" who moved the wind for them. That's when the trouble started.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on September 30, 2013, 08:09:12 AM
The idea that there is any book 'wherein is no doubt' is insulting as well demonstrably untrue.  (Douglas Murray)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 01, 2013, 02:45:35 PM
Atheism is a wake up call. Theism is a go-back-to-sleep-and-hope-it-all-goes-away call.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2013, 08:26:47 AM
There is no commandment that is simply "Thou shall not lie." At least the guys who made up God and the Bible weren't hypocrites in that sense.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 03, 2013, 12:35:53 PM
Just remember: all religions were cults at one time.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 04, 2013, 09:48:11 AM
In fact, Creationism is the opposite of science. In a nutshell, science observes, then explains. Creationism starts with a rigid conclusion and then looks around for natural phenomena that might support this conclusion. This is the same thing as shooting an arrow into a wall and then painting a bull's eye around it.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 05, 2013, 05:03:14 PM
The predictions of armageddon and “End of Days” so proudly touted by several religions, are written so ambiguously that the masses can just mold them like modelling clay to declare any time as the end of time.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 06, 2013, 02:43:09 PM
Fools fear gods; wise men fear the fools.  (Trace Ahlers)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 07, 2013, 09:29:35 AM
If you did not see it with your own eyes or hear it with your own ears, don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 08, 2013, 09:01:10 AM
The problem of faith is that it is a conversation stopper. As long as you don't have to give reasons for what you believe, you have effectively immunized yourself against the power of human conversation.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 09, 2013, 09:34:50 AM
Better an uncomfortable truth than a comfortable lie.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 10, 2013, 12:56:36 PM
Moral and ethical fiber without purpose is better than a criminal who attends church.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 11, 2013, 10:38:26 AM
You can pray all you want for god to move a mountain but until you bring a shovel and do all the work, it'll never happen. All prayers are unanswered.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 12, 2013, 08:13:20 AM
The words kill, killed, slay, slew, put to death and the like appear far too often in the Bible.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 14, 2013, 03:06:09 PM
Re: The Bible. - If I watched a football match then orally relayed the events. This is repeated from father to son orally for 500 years. How accurate do you think the resulting report would be?  Yet the first thing any theist does is quote the Bible!  (Chris Parry)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 15, 2013, 10:09:14 AM
Science is not anti-religion, necessarily, it is just pro-reality. If any gods are real then it is most likely the scientific method that will reveal them for all to see. This makes me wonder why science isn't taught and encouraged in churches, Sunday schools, and mosques. If your claims are correct then science is an ally, not the enemy.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 16, 2013, 08:17:46 AM
Religion is a virus and knowledge is the cure.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 17, 2013, 07:45:23 AM
One cannot disprove the existence of a God any more than one can the existence of the Tooth Fairy.  But if enough people believed in the latter, would it make it any more credible?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 18, 2013, 11:56:57 AM
I am treated as evil by people who claim they are being oppressed because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.  (D. Dale Gulledge)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 19, 2013, 09:57:03 AM
Faith-minded people do not have the desire to properly and honestly perceive and model reality.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 21, 2013, 07:57:26 AM
Sheep are considered among the stupidest of farm-living creatures, herded by snapping dogs, only to have their fur sheared for market or even killed for their meat. It is by no small coincidence that Priests call the people who listen to them "their flock".
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 22, 2013, 10:27:21 AM
If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of him at all.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 23, 2013, 09:50:09 AM
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anaesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought.  (P. Z. Myers)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 24, 2013, 10:05:23 AM
There's usually so much wailing at a funeral that we have to wonder how many people really believe in an afterlife.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 25, 2013, 09:28:56 AM
Those waiting for an afterlife miss out on this one.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 26, 2013, 09:43:07 AM
A man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 27, 2013, 03:37:19 PM
We'll stop opposing gods when people stop inventing them.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 28, 2013, 09:50:42 AM
Every day the voice of atheism grows louder, more confident, backed by ever-increasing evidence, reason and logic. Every day the religious respond by sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting "La!La!La!La!La!"
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 29, 2013, 09:46:26 AM
Mankind is the puddle, marvelling at how perfectly the pothole conforms to its shape.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 30, 2013, 10:14:27 AM
If god created it so that when we die, we go to a place of eternal bliss, why don't we go there in the first place?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 31, 2013, 09:57:03 AM
The U.S. has more churchgoing than any other major democracy and it reports much higher rates of murder, rape, robbery, shootings, stabbings, drug use, unwed pregnancy, and the like, as well as occasional tragedies such as those at Waco and Jonestown. There may be no link between the two conditions, but the saturation of religion has failed to prevent the severe crime level. Societies rife with fundamentalism and religious tribalism are prone to sectarian violence. In contrast, England, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, and such lands have scant churchgoing, yet their people are more inclined to live peaceably, in accord with the social contract. The evidence seems clear: To find living conditions that are safe, decent, orderly, and 'civilized,' avoid places with intense religion.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 01, 2013, 09:05:28 AM
Being a Christian or being a Muslim means being different.  Being a human means being the same.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 02, 2013, 02:01:39 PM
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.  (Rene Descartes)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 04, 2013, 10:00:57 AM
Our species will never evolve beyond stupidity until the last holy book is burned, the last priest gets a real job and the last church is pulled down.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 05, 2013, 08:27:16 AM
I'm pretty sure that we'd all be willing to die for the future of mankind if we knew we'd be living again three days later and receive eternal fame for it, so what's the big fuss about?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 06, 2013, 10:34:31 AM
Any religion that makes you eat little pieces of your god is completely messed up.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 07, 2013, 10:24:37 AM
There are some for whom the prospect of nonexistence leads to mental breakdown. The rest of us are atheists.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 08, 2013, 09:03:33 AM
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.  (Walter Lippman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 09, 2013, 04:19:22 PM
In a dangerous world there will always be more people around whose prayers for their own safety have been answered than those whose prayers have not.  (Nicholas Humphrey)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 10, 2013, 10:02:48 AM
I find that men in costumes are a little old to have imaginary friends, unless of course they are clowns.  (Stewart Farquhar)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 11, 2013, 11:41:12 AM
I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programs a lot, but that I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature, to which I reply and say: "Well, it's funny that the people, when they say that this is of the almighty, always quote beautiful things, they always quote orchids and hummingbirds and butterflies and roses.  But I always have to think too of a little boy sitting on the banks of a river in west Africa who has a worm boring through his eyeball, turning him blind before he's five years old, so presumably the god you speak about created the worm as well, and now, I find that baffling to credit a merciful god with that action."  (David Attenborough)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 12, 2013, 10:46:57 AM
Religion is like a huge dog. When it's yours it feels comforting and safe, but it scares the hell out of everyone else.  (Nick Doody)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 13, 2013, 10:26:52 AM
The only difference between the Abrahamic god and Adolph Hitler is that god is more proficient at genocide.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 14, 2013, 01:57:20 PM
The best argument against religion is a five minute conversation with the average religious person.  (Bill Nye)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 15, 2013, 10:19:43 AM
Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.  (Alejandro Jodorowski)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 17, 2013, 04:25:55 PM
Atheism is a religion, just like "off" is a TV channel.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 18, 2013, 10:32:32 AM
Born again? No, I am not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.  (Dennis Miller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 19, 2013, 11:01:30 AM
Gods always behave like the people who created them.  (Zora Neale Hurston)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 20, 2013, 09:35:04 AM
Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all. Like the majority of men who are born to a given belief, they demand the most rigorous proof of any adverse belief, but assume that their own needs none.  (Herbert Spencer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 21, 2013, 09:58:40 AM
This god fellow might have more credibility if anyone ever believed in him before being told about him.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 22, 2013, 10:26:07 AM
To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.  (David Brooks)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 25, 2013, 10:32:33 AM
Atheism is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with reality.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 26, 2013, 09:49:07 AM
Religion is a virus sustained by fear, gullibility and a tendency to believe ones elders. Rationality is the vaccine.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 27, 2013, 08:58:56 AM
Atheist:  A person who believes in one less god than you do.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 28, 2013, 09:25:14 AM
Religion began as a natural explanation of the universe. The problem started when people refused to accept new evidence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 29, 2013, 09:52:49 AM
To live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating. To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting. To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating. To seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is life-affirming.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on November 30, 2013, 10:01:31 AM
Religion is a prison of the mind and theists are institutionalized.  Meanwhile, the atheists have escaped after being falsely imprisoned.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 02, 2013, 12:29:52 PM
Open bible/closed mind. Enough said.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 03, 2013, 06:34:47 PM
A religious text should ideally not extend past three pages. Any longer and it tends to contradict itself.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 04, 2013, 09:46:32 AM
Religion attacks us in our deepest integrity by saying we wouldn't be able to make a moral decision without it.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 05, 2013, 09:33:14 AM
To be religious is to be obsessed with death and what happens after it. To be an atheist is to be obsessed with life and what happens during it.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 06, 2013, 09:36:49 AM
What gods are there, what gods have there ever been, that were not from man's imagination?  (Joseph Campbell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 07, 2013, 09:58:49 AM
A believer states “everything must have a creator”, but fails to say how god was created.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 09, 2013, 10:18:56 AM
We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of the country.  (Margaret Mead)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 10, 2013, 10:57:11 AM
Religious beliefs cannot all be right, but they can all be wrong.  Herb Silverman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 11, 2013, 11:21:59 AM
If I gave you a hundred years to come up with a way to control the minds of millions of people, you'd probably come up with religion.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 12, 2013, 11:01:43 AM
Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.

But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 13, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
Our inability to understand death has given us religion. Our inability to appreciate life has kept it (religion) flourishing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 14, 2013, 11:50:06 AM
Some theists say scientists are "playing god" but I don't see any scientists deliberately making babies that will die of cancer before they can even walk.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 15, 2013, 12:40:56 PM
Believers are no different to the rest of us. No more happy/sad. No more fulfilled/unfulfilled. No more virtuous/wicked. In fact, the only noticeable difference is that they give control over their lives to someone else, to a fictional being and to an interesting but extremely flawed, book.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 16, 2013, 10:04:47 AM
Reality, as we have seen over and over, operates independently of our beliefs.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 17, 2013, 10:55:43 AM
Atheism is evidence without certainty, religion is certainty without evidence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 18, 2013, 11:01:28 AM
Religious faith: an irrational comfort zone.  (Emer O'Kelly)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 19, 2013, 07:47:15 PM
The best way to beat a bible thumper is with his own bible.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 20, 2013, 11:07:54 AM
Religion asked atheism: “Atheism, why love me but hate you?”  Atheism responded: “Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am a painful truth.”



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Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 21, 2013, 11:44:36 AM
If you blindly follow his word without asking any questions or demanding to understand the logic behind it, you are, my friend, going against all democratic beliefs of society. We have a word for rulers that do that, they are called dictators.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 22, 2013, 12:20:21 PM
I think that it’s safe to assume that anyone who claims they are in touch with God, is out of touch with reality.  (Ken Perrott)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 23, 2013, 07:46:47 PM
What if you met an adult who still believed in Santa Claus, based on faith. Would you consider this person admirable for having such strong faith, such strong belief without evidence? Or would you consider him a fool for believing in something so preposterous without any evidence?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 24, 2013, 11:54:20 AM
God is like Santa Claus; A great, amazing and lovely person but......untrue.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 25, 2013, 10:10:41 AM
What really moves people to believe in God is not any intellectual argument at all.  Most people believe in God because they have been taught from early infancy to do it, and that is the main reason. Then I think that the next most powerful reason is the wish for safety, a sort of feeling that there is a big brother who will look after you.  That plays a very profound part in influencing people's desire for a belief in God.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 27, 2013, 11:27:23 AM
I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, which preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I’m ‘bad’.  (Mike Fuhrman)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 30, 2013, 01:44:19 PM
The mountain of evidence against religion can be contrasted with the tiny pile of sand in favor of it; a pile of sand just big enough to bury your head in.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 31, 2013, 12:19:10 PM
When inventing a god, the most important thing is to make it invisible, inaudible and imperceptible in every way. Otherwise, people will become skeptical when it appears to no one, is silent and does nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 01, 2014, 03:24:44 PM
I didn't "lose" my faith... I know exactly where I left it. It's in the same bin as my christmas stocking.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 02, 2014, 01:50:22 PM
My admission to atheism is not an invitation for you to "save" me, but a request that you keep your bullshit to yourself.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 03, 2014, 11:09:14 AM
As stated many times: "Those whom have faith are happier then those without." Of course this is true! Have you never heard..."ignorance is bliss?"
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 05, 2014, 07:14:00 PM
Religion applauds delusion and renames it 'faith'.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 06, 2014, 02:25:29 PM
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. (H.L. Mencken)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 07, 2014, 11:54:43 AM
“Intelligent design”…..Stupidity in a brand new package.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 08, 2014, 10:51:40 AM
How can a person who is civil and just but ask's for nothing in return be less righteous than those behave justly, but only under threat, and for the aim of a personal reward?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 10, 2014, 12:06:33 PM
The gods that we’ve made are exactly the gods you’d expect to be made by a species that’s about half a chromosome away from being a chimpanzee.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 11, 2014, 10:38:10 AM
There are certain things that our age needs, and certain things that it should avoid. It needs compassion and a wish that mankind should be happy; it needs the desire for knowledge and the determination to eschew pleasant myths; it needs above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness. The things that it must avoid, and that have brought it to the brink of catastrophe, are cruelty, envy, greed, competitiveness, search for irrational subjective certainty, and what Freudians call the death wish.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 12, 2014, 12:43:52 PM
That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be.  (P.C. Hodgell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 13, 2014, 12:29:13 PM
The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life.  (Freud)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 14, 2014, 11:02:40 AM
Religion comforts by telling us death is not real. Science comforts by telling us how incredibly lucky we are to have lived.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 15, 2014, 11:13:06 AM
It's funny how an adult can make fun of a child because he believes in imaginary friends, but when an adult makes fun of another adult for this, all sorts of persecutions and atrocities are committed to defend the honor of the imaginary friend in question.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 17, 2014, 12:57:16 PM
If I said to someone that because they were a homosexual, I would take them down to my basement and torture them, claiming my own "universal law", I would be considered a dangerous psychopath. When god does it, it is holy judgment and not to be questioned.  (Gabriel Neil)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 18, 2014, 12:35:01 PM
I love how the people who wrote the bible made a conscious effort to discourage their readers from asking questions or thinking independently. Don't eat from the tree of knowledge, be like sheep instead...that'll save us a lot of hassle and it will make the Bible seem less ridiculous.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 20, 2014, 02:30:46 PM
Religion is a lot like NASCAR, something for the ignorant masses to believe in.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 21, 2014, 07:10:14 PM
Um, Genesis says God look a nap (just like an over-worked factory worker) on the 7th day after he'd done all that planet-building. Was the writer of that book not familiar with the exact meaning of the term 'omnipotent'?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 22, 2014, 11:10:32 AM
Life is but a momentary glimpse at the wonder of this astonishing universe and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasies.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 23, 2014, 11:17:48 AM
Ignore those fools who
call themselves preachers
and listen instead
to your science teachers.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 24, 2014, 10:47:39 AM
If sickness is Gods will, your recovery in his hands, then why go to a hospital?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 25, 2014, 09:46:18 AM
Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 27, 2014, 03:25:47 PM
I think, therefore I am atheist.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 28, 2014, 11:25:51 AM
A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it.  (David Stevens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 29, 2014, 11:15:24 AM
Never trust people who've only got one book.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 30, 2014, 10:36:37 AM
After reading the bible, I have come to the conclusion that the god in their stories is an evil, sadistic, megalomaniacal monster. Why do theists insist upon worshiping such a creature, much less wanting to believe that it exists?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 02, 2014, 11:05:52 AM
Why isn't god as sociable as he used to be in the bible. I mean back then he used to show up for every genocide and baby massacre. Nowadays you hardly ever see him anymore...well, except for those times where he's appears to attention-starved old catholic ladies in the form of a god-shaped lasagne or jesus' face in a tortilla. Apart from that he never visits anymore.  (Emile de Bergerac)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 03, 2014, 09:18:19 AM
Five thousand, three hundred and sixty seven Gods down, one to go!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 04, 2014, 11:25:21 AM
Fundamentalists can't compromise.  If they could, they wouldn't be fundamentalists in the first place.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 05, 2014, 01:31:11 PM
The fool says in his heart: 'There is no God.'  The wise man says it to the world.  (Troy Witte)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 06, 2014, 09:41:30 AM
So god can make a universe over 28 billion light years across containing billions of stars and planets just so a few apes on one single, insignificant world can worship him... but he can't be bothered to help a starving baby?  (Godfrey Zoan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 07, 2014, 02:36:06 PM
Science is certain of nothing and requires proof of everything.  Faith is certain of everything and requires proof of nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 08, 2014, 03:09:36 PM
Some of the nicest, most caring people I've met have been religious - from all sorts of different but incompatible creeds. I don't hate them. I just hate the sad facts that they are wrong, they waste their own time, and they want to grab my kids.  (Geoff Mather)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2014, 10:59:29 AM
Remember, Jesus would rather constantly shame gays than let orphans have a family.  (Steven Colbert)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 11, 2014, 05:27:13 PM
I have a conundrum. If I tell you your spouse is being unfaithful, you demand proof. If I tell you that you have a life-threatening disease, you seek proof. If I tell you that there will be a Second Coming or Armageddon, you not only seek no proof, but accept such an unsupported statement as truth.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 12, 2014, 11:56:48 AM
I’m a polyatheist - there are many gods I don’t believe in.  (Dan Fouts)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 13, 2014, 02:30:57 PM
Animals do not have gods, they’re smarter than that.  (Ronnie Snow)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 14, 2014, 01:34:05 PM
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god.  (Thomas Jefferson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 17, 2014, 01:00:48 PM
The Ten Commandments are undeniably a sacred text in the Jewish and Christian faiths, and no legislative recitation of a supposed secular purpose can blind us to that fact. The first part of the commandments concerns the religious duties of believers: worshipping the Lord God alone, avoiding idolatry, not using the Lord's name in vain, and observing the Sabbath day.  (The U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 18, 2014, 09:40:56 AM
The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 19, 2014, 10:37:05 AM
"Raze those useless churches, mosques and temples and use the materials to build shelters, beds and dining halls for the needy. God dammit, practice what you preach!"
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 20, 2014, 12:50:28 PM
Seeing a cross or a crucifix, to me, is a symbol of death and agony. Its not really the symbol I want tattooed on me, or worn on a chain.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 21, 2014, 11:54:16 AM
A fanatic is a man who does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 22, 2014, 11:33:29 AM
Phew I'm glad we came to our senses and worship a 2000 year old carpenter.  (Bart Simpson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 23, 2014, 10:38:51 AM
Using the excuse "Religion also does some good" is like saying, "He may be a rapist, but he always uses a condom."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 24, 2014, 10:40:30 AM
If all the Bibles and Korans in the world could be recycled into something more useful, like toilet paper or something, maybe this species would have a slightly better chance of long-term survival.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 25, 2014, 11:44:03 AM
How come God always drops in for good publicity? I've never known God to get bad publicity.  After any disaster - natural or otherwise - the few fortunate survivors will always be there spouting off about their prayers to God being answered and in so doing give credence to God. However, I have yet to read or hear anything from any of those whose prayers were completely ignored and who subsequently perished.  It's a win win situation as far as God is concerned.  (Anthony W. Allsop)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 26, 2014, 12:18:32 PM
So let me get this straight, the unending, all-powerful force of creation that hand-made the universe funneled himself into the body of a human fetus and then teleported the fetus into the uterus of a married virgin. He then spent 30 years on earth walking around doing basically nothing and then one day rearranged reality to set in motion events that would lead to his own death...effectively committing suicide. He does this because his death will, for some or other reason, clear humanity's sin tally (which he, himself is keeping up in heaven). And then after his plans to get himself killed fall into place, he looks around and asks himself why he has abandoned himself?  Is that the basic gist of it?  (Hank Geurin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 27, 2014, 11:00:21 AM
Existence for eternity could get a little boring, especially towards the end.  (Woody Allen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on February 28, 2014, 11:07:05 AM
There's only one thing God lacks, and that's existence.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 02, 2014, 10:55:00 AM
I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of church and state; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.  (Theodore Roosevelt)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 04, 2014, 11:17:29 AM
Without ignorance god is nothing.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 05, 2014, 11:38:59 AM
You are a good person because you fear damnation. I'm a good person without obligation.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 06, 2014, 12:04:39 PM
Atheists make only a small percentage of the world population, and this proves that common sense is not so common.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 07, 2014, 10:02:39 AM
Can I just pin you down a little here? What exactly is a god?  You don't know.  What is it made of?  You don't know. Where is it?  You don't know.  You learnt about it from a Bronze Age book that claims truth for itself.  And at your parents' knee.  Is that where your outrageous certainty comes from?  (Geoff Mather)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 08, 2014, 11:30:59 AM
God and immortality, the central dogmas of the Christian religion, find no support in science.  No doubt people will continue to entertain these beliefs, because they are pleasant, just as it is pleasant to think ourselves virtuous and our enemies wicked.  But for my part I cannot see any ground for either.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 09, 2014, 02:33:15 PM
In general, are people who promote science and skepticism pushy and rude?

Let's see:

Who is more likely to knock on your front door on a Saturday morning?

A. Religious people warning you about the threat of an impending apocalypse.

B. Scientists warning you about the threat of possible asteroid strikes or pandemics.



Which of the following is more common?

A. Religion advocates trying to force supernatural claims into classrooms.

B. Science advocates trying to force science into church sermons and Sunday school classes.



Which book are you more likely to find in the bedside table in a hotel room?

A. The Bible

B. 'Think: Why you should question everything'


(Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 10, 2014, 09:58:53 AM
It's not God I'm against, it's his fan club!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 11, 2014, 10:38:36 AM
Religion has survived the ages, but so have mosqitoes.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 12, 2014, 10:24:40 AM
The United States is no more a Christian nation because most of its citizens are Christians than it is a 'white' nation because most of its citizens are white.  We are Americans because we practice democracy and believe in republican government, not because we practice revealed religion and believe in Bible-based government.  (John Mill)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 13, 2014, 09:36:33 AM
Coming from apes is so much better than coming from dirt.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 14, 2014, 02:32:48 PM
Science is the enemy of fear and credulity.  It invites investigation, challenges the reason, stimulates inquiry, and welcomes the unbeliever.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 15, 2014, 09:31:48 AM
In the middle ages, when there was a hierarchical organization proceeding from the serf by gradual stages up to God, the chief virtue was obedience. Children were taught to obey their parents and to reverence their social superiors, to feel awe in the presence of the priest and submission in the presence of the Lord of the Manor. Only the Emperor and the Pope were free, and, since the morality of the time afforded no guidance to free men, they spent their time in fighting each other.

The moderns differ from the men of the thirteenth century both in aim and in method. Democracy has substituted cooperation for submission and herd instinct for reverence; the group in regard to which herd instinct is to be most operative has become the nation, which was formerly rendered unimportant by the universality of the Church.

Meanwhile propaganda has become persuasive rather than forceful, and has learnt to proceed by the instilling of suitable sentiments in early youth. Church music, school songs, and the flag determine, by their influence on the boy, the subsequent actions of the man in moments of strong emotion. Against these influences the assaults of reason have but little power."
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 16, 2014, 10:29:09 AM
If God exists, and is the benevolent being, who loves everyone and forgives all who seek forgiveness, as he is foretold in the bible, why would he sanction the murder of thousands of his own creatures in his name?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 17, 2014, 11:17:53 AM
I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.  (Woody Allen)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 19, 2014, 04:30:43 PM
Evolution and cosmology represent two of the unifying concepts of modern science.  There are few scientific theories more firmly supported by observations than these. We do our children a grave disservice if we remove from their education an exposure to firm scientific evidence supporting principles that significantly shape our understanding of the world in which we live.  (American Association of Physics Teachers)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 20, 2014, 09:22:38 AM
Religion is proof that we still aren't using our brains to their full potential.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 21, 2014, 06:36:02 PM
Creationism - perhaps the most pernicious of the intellectual perversions now afflicting the American public.  (Arthur C. Clarke)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 24, 2014, 09:23:25 AM
The Pope doesn't believe in God. Did you ever see a conjurer who believed in magic?
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 25, 2014, 02:36:19 PM
No one wants to die.  Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.  And yet death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it.  And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.  It is life’s change agent.  It clears out the old to make way for the new.  (Steve Jobs)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 26, 2014, 09:37:55 AM
There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.  (Robert Ingersoll)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 27, 2014, 06:47:34 PM
The only difference between religion and Santa Claus is that we are told at a certain age that Santa was made up.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 28, 2014, 12:01:25 PM
Religious wars: Isn’t it ironic that our fear of death could actually be the death of us.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on March 31, 2014, 04:36:13 PM
People will then often say “But surely it’s better to remain an agnostic just in case?  This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would chose not to worship him anyway.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 01, 2014, 05:02:07 PM
God is my favorite fictional character.  (Bart Simpson)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 02, 2014, 09:56:32 AM
Before you pray for that second coming, you should at least prove the first one.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 03, 2014, 09:22:39 AM
Out of anxieties fostered by fears and uncertainties born of ignorance, man fashioned a supernatural world of gods, demi-gods, heroes, and monsters in an attempt to explain the natural phenomena around him.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 04, 2014, 08:43:47 AM
Jesus said he'd come back within about 60 years, or "Before the last of this generation leaves the Earth" or whatever the exact wording is, and it's now been 2,000 years.
How long are you going to sit at the table by yourself, looking pathetic, before you accept the fact that you've been stood up?  (Raymond K Hessel)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 05, 2014, 09:26:21 AM
Every time you bring in faith into any equation, it makes problems more difficult to solve.  (Peter Boghossian)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 07, 2014, 08:38:48 AM
I truly wish that Christians were created exactly in the image of god, then they wouldn't exist either.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 08, 2014, 10:06:56 AM
When religion and common sense collide, common sense always loses.  (Tom Faller)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 09, 2014, 11:35:01 AM
Your god is "more good" than the best person I can imagine? The Yahweh character isn't even as "good" as the homeless junkie pedophile who hangs out by the dumpsters at the Circle K!  I mean Ruby Red never EXTERMINATED ALL LIFE ON EARTH on a whim or sent freakin' BEARS to murder 48 kids, now did he? And he damn sure never tortured nobody for an eternity, let alone 95% of all Asians and East Indians who ever lived.  (Raymond K Hessel)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 10, 2014, 10:22:08 AM
“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing”.  (Douglas Adams)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 11, 2014, 09:46:00 AM
I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious, unless he purposely shut the eyes of his mind & keep them shut by force.  (Mark Twain)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 13, 2014, 08:53:25 AM
"The polemic against the family in the Gospels is a matter that has not received the attention it deserves. The church treats the Mother of Christ with reverence, but He Himself showed little of this attitude. "Woman, what have I to do with thee?" is His way of speaking to her. He says also that He has come to set a man at variance against his father, the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and that he that loveth father and mother more than Him is not worthy of Him. All this means the breakup of the biological family tie for the sake of creed -- an attitude which had a great deal to do with the intolerance that came into the world with the spread of Christianity."  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 15, 2014, 09:43:18 AM
If there's a catastrophe and modern civilisation gets erased, I bet in a few thousand years some prat will find a copy of Lord of the Rings and everyone will start worshipping Gandalf.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 16, 2014, 10:27:02 AM
What a queer work the Bible is.  Some texts are very funny. "When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken."  I should never have guessed "cheer up" was a Biblical expression. Here is another really inspiring text: "Cursed be he that lieth with his mother-in-law. And all the people shall say, Amen."  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 17, 2014, 11:43:16 AM
Your childish god can't even bring itself to forgive and forget, despite all the yammering you people do about forgiveness. It's STILL supposedly holding a grudge over some s**t your great-to-the-100th power grannie did, and it's willing to torture you FOREVER for it. (Raymond K Hessel)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 18, 2014, 09:43:22 AM
When Christ said, "Take no thought for the morrow," it was very largely because he thought that the second coming was going to be very soon, and that all ordinary mundane affairs did not count.  I have, as a matter of fact, known some Christians who did believe that the second coming was imminent.  I knew a parson who frightened his congregation terribly by telling them that the second coming was very imminent indeed, but they were much consoled when they found that he was planting trees in his garden.  The early Christians did really believe it, and they did abstain from such things as planting trees in their gardens, because they did accept from Christ the belief that the second coming was imminent.  In that respect, clearly he was not so wise as some other people have been, and he was certainly not superlatively wise.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 19, 2014, 10:04:03 AM
Fear generates impulses of cruelty, and therefore promotes superstitious beliefs that justify cruelty. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of the great fear which is superstition.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 20, 2014, 09:06:03 AM
Historically it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if he did we do not know anything about him.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 21, 2014, 09:06:09 AM
Atheists look for the right answers while religious people trust god to give them the wrong ones.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 22, 2014, 05:45:01 PM
Sometimes when I’m watching the world go by I envy the patriots and the believers. I can only imagine how nice it must feel inside that big fat herd. So much certainty and confidence, so little confusion and frustration. Reassurance everywhere; doubt nowhere.

Sometimes I wonder how life would be if borders and gods made sense to me.
What if I stepped out into the stream? How would it feel to swim in those warm illusions and delusions? But I can never know. I’m contaminated by reason and condemned by thinking. The herd is forever beyond my reach because I’m still the child who dared to doubt and cared to ask.

I try to not to mock them because I know the joke is on me. For I’m the one left alone, a social creature on the edge of society, a friendly man with few friends. My only compensation: a small bit of pride for having been awake while I lived.

(Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 23, 2014, 08:37:06 AM
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 24, 2014, 12:31:06 PM
If I'm wrong about Bigfoot, gods, psychics, astrology, miracles, ghosts, faith healing, homeopathy, UFOs, etc. please show me where I tripped up. Set me straight. I won't be upset. Far from it; I'll thank you for making me smarter.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 25, 2014, 08:15:44 AM
I don't believe in heaven and hell.  I don't know if I believe in God.  All I know is that as an individual, I won't allow this life, the only thing I know to exist, to be wasted.  (George Clooney)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 27, 2014, 09:08:49 AM
Religion – together we can find the cure.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 28, 2014, 12:30:20 PM
The Muslims are not happy!

They're not happy in Gaza.
They're not happy in Egypt.
They're not happy in Libya.
They're not happy in Morocco.
They're not happy in Iran.
They're not happy in Iraq.
They're not happy in Yemen.
They're not happy in Bangladesh.
They're not happy in Afghanistan.
They're not happy in Pakistan.
They're not happy in Syria.
They're not happy in Lebanon.
They're not happy in Nigeria.
They're not happy in Chad.
They're not happy in Somalia.

So, where are they happy?

They're happy in Canada.
They're happy in Australia.
They're happy in New Zealand.
They're happy in Spain.
They're happy in Ireland.
They're happy in United Kingdom
They're happy in Italy.
They're happy in Japan.
They're happy in Germany.
They're happy in England.
They're happy in France.
They're happy in Sweden.
They're happy in Norway.
They're happy in the USA.

They're happy in every country that is not Islamic!  And who do they blame?
Not Islam.
Not their leadership. Not themselves. THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!
AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE THEM TO BE LIKE THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM, WHERE THEY WERE SO UNHAPPY!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on April 29, 2014, 01:45:55 PM
If somebody is going to sit across from me, and seriously try to convince me that a talking snake (who was really a red, hooved goat man and the incarnation of evil) got a rib lady to eat a wisdom-giving fruit, and THAT is why babies in Africa get devoured by vultures...You bet your ass I'm going to mock them.  (Raymond K Hessel)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 01, 2014, 08:28:57 AM
Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.  (Winston Churchill)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 02, 2014, 08:17:55 AM
How can 47% of Americans believe Jesus is coming back? There's no evidence to show he was even here in the first place!
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 04, 2014, 05:33:15 PM
Tell people there is an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.   (George Carlin)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 05, 2014, 11:27:43 AM
Humanity won't wake up until the last religion is put to sleep.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 06, 2014, 09:58:55 AM
If you think about it, the bible calls its people sheep, and Jesus their shepherd. Right away, one would think this as in insult, seeing how sheep are extremely stupid animals who will follow just about anyone willing to lead.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 07, 2014, 09:42:40 AM
If you believe in a god simply because "everyone else" does, proves only that you have the "herd mentality" of a lemming.  It doesn't prove that your god exists.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 08, 2014, 09:01:13 AM
The one thing that I think is really dangerous in many religions is that it gives people a gold-plated excuse to stop thinking.  (Daniel Dennett)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 09, 2014, 09:50:16 AM
There are ten church members by inheritance for every one by conviction.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 10, 2014, 09:11:09 AM
Faith is a term that makes ignorance sound like a virtue.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 11, 2014, 08:37:14 AM
"What is the Soul?"  The most essential characteristic of mind is memory, and there is no reason whatever to suppose that the memory associated with a given person survives that person's death. Indeed there is every reason to think the opposite, for memory is clearly connected with a certain kind of brain structure, and since this structure decays at death, there is every reason to suppose that memory also must cease. I think the opponents of materialism have always been actuated by two main desires: the first to prove that the mind is immortal, and the second to prove that the ultimate power in the universe is mental rather than physical. In both these respects, I think the materialists were in the right.  Bertrand Russell  (1928)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 12, 2014, 09:14:25 AM
A god capable of creating the entire universe and everything in it really shouldn't need donation boxes in his churches.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 13, 2014, 08:56:42 AM
A man's faith is just a subset of his beliefs about the world: beliefs about matters of ultimate concern that we, as a culture, have told him he need not justify.  (Sam Harris)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 14, 2014, 09:09:20 AM
I should like to believe my people's religion, but alas, it is impossible. I have really no religion, for my God, being a spirit shown merely by reason to exist, his properties utterly unknown, is no help to my life. I have nor the parson's comfortable doctrine that every good action has its reward, and every sin is forgiven. My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.  (Bertrand Russell)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 15, 2014, 08:05:29 AM
The proper question is not why skeptics protest, but rather how anyone can learn of "child witches" being murdered in Africa and feel no moral obligation to promote skepticism. Who can hear the story about an ill baby suffering and dying because stubborn parents treated her with homeopathic water instead of science-based medicine and not feel disgust toward all pseudoscience and medical quackery? We all share this world together and when an elected leader thinks the Earth is six thousand years old or your neighbor believes that the position of a few stars determines what sort of day he/she will have, the stage is set for trouble. Dim thinking is dangerous thinking.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 16, 2014, 08:50:19 AM
Science takes the jigsaw pieces and tries recreating the original image. Religion throws the jigsaw pieces away and scribbles all over the box.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 17, 2014, 09:22:57 AM
Weak skepticism is the great unrecognized crisis of our world.  (Guy P. Harrison)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 18, 2014, 08:34:43 PM
What I'm saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job.  (Carl Sagan)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 19, 2014, 10:04:49 AM
God & religion: invented by humans for humans.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2014, 08:55:41 AM
On capital punishment: "I'm disappointed that my own Catholic Church has decided that capital punishment is wrong. Which is pretty hypocritical if you think about it, because they wouldn't even have a religion if it wasn't for capital punishment."  (Stephen Colbert)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 21, 2014, 09:59:50 AM
We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.  (Christopher Hitchens)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 22, 2014, 01:26:03 PM
We are the only species intelligent enough to understand that death is inevitable, and the only species stupid enough to think that delusion is the best way of dealing with it.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 23, 2014, 10:08:40 AM
Why God never earned a PhD:

He had only one major publication.

It was in Hebrew.

It had no references.

It wasn't published in a refereed journal.

Some even doubt he wrote it by himself.

His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.

The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.

He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects.

When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it by drowning his subjects.

When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample.

He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.

Some say he had his son teach the class.

He expelled his first two students for learning.

Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests.

His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.

No record of working well with colleagues.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2014, 09:50:37 AM
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the times.  (Voltaire)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 26, 2014, 11:53:49 AM
It is time to step out of our evolutionary heritage and our historical traditions and embrace science as the best tool ever devised for explaining how the world works, and to work together to create a social and political world that embraces moral principles and yet allows for natural human diversity to flourish. Religion cannot do the job because it has no systematic methods of explanation of the natural world, and no means of conflict resolution on moral issues when members of competing sects hold absolute beliefs that are mutually exclusive. Flawed as they may be, science and the secular Enlightenment values expressed in Western democracies are our only hope for survival.  (Michael Shermer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 27, 2014, 09:20:48 AM
Religion is institutionalized ignorance.  (screwtape)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 28, 2014, 08:03:18 AM
Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let's now stop being so damned respectful! (Richard Dawkins)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 29, 2014, 08:38:40 AM
I have read the majority of the Old Testament. I must say that I am thoroughly shocked and disgusted by the performance of all the characters - especially God.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on May 30, 2014, 08:46:47 AM
Sadly, the human race doesn't seem willing or ready or able to grow up nor to let go of the parental figure of god. The human race prefers to dump its responsibilities or blame on the big daddy in the sky. We won't revolve further as a species until we can go beyond this state.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on August 25, 2014, 06:48:26 PM
Destiny is written concurrently with the event, not prior to it.  (Jacques Monod)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on October 13, 2014, 05:09:13 PM
A purpose-seeking animal will find itself as the purpose of nature.  (Michael Shermer)
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on December 11, 2014, 05:15:21 PM
Beliefs are nothing to be proud of.

Believing something is not an accomplishment. I grew up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they’re really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same. It is gratifying to speak forcefully, it is gratifying to be agreed with, and this high is what the die-hards are chasing. Wherever there is a belief, there is a closed door. Take on the beliefs that stand up to your most honest, humble scrutiny, and never be afraid to lose them.

(expandedconsciousness.com)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 18, 2014, 10:24:56 PM
"The ultimate form of reality denial is the implantation of a false belief in one's own mind."  (Ajit Varki)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 27, 2015, 12:35:47 PM
"The truth is not always halfway between two extremes: some propositions are flat wrong."  (Steven Pinker)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 15, 2015, 03:19:10 PM
The Bible is like a restaurant: If you want to enjoy the results, do not go looking around too closely.
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 19, 2015, 03:39:19 PM
It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 02, 2015, 09:31:02 AM
"It should physically hurt from the inside to be this actively stupid."  (Comment seen on Facebook to creationist)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 08, 2015, 05:31:40 PM
"A lie has many variations.  The truth....none."
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 10, 2015, 10:08:04 AM
Praying is the more dramatic alternative way of doing nothing.
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 23, 2015, 09:58:50 AM
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.  Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting.  But he dare not face this thought!  Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2015, 09:44:28 AM
Religion, since it has its source in terror, has dignified certain kinds of fear, and made people think them not disgraceful.  In this it has done mankind a great disservice: all fear is bad.  I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.  I am not young, and I love life.  But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation.  Happiness is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.  Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man’s place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 08, 2015, 08:35:44 AM
Science:  I'll believe it when I see it

Faith:  I'll see it when I believe it


(Member, Fiji)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 24, 2015, 08:48:47 PM
Wherever you hear the cry "Allah Akbar" you know that death, destruction, poverty, suffering, grief and crimes against humanity are soon to follow.  (Internet)
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 02, 2015, 07:30:01 PM
Yes, atheists harbor all sorts of beliefs - ethical, political, scientific - but they don't get these beliefs from atheism. Rather, their atheism is itself the product of what they believe about science and about the merely human origin of all our books.

No rational atheist is dogmatically opposed to believing in God. It's just that the evidence for His existence is terrible. It would be trivially easy, in fact, for an omniscient Being to write (or inspire) a book that would remove all doubt about Him. Neither the Bible nor the Qur'an is that sort of book. For instance, if the Old Testament contained a single chapter that resolved the deepest questions of 21st century science, rather than merely telling us how to sacrifice goats and when to stone our daughters to death, I too, would be a believer.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on December 21, 2015, 11:34:44 PM
TEST YOUR FAITH.

You’re in a car with your seriously injured child, and you have no phone.

To your left, one mile away, is a faith healer renowned for curing many people.

To your right, also a mile away, is a hospital.

Which way do you turn, left or right?



FB / Antitheists.
Title: Re: Quote of the Day
Post by: Star Stuff on January 08, 2016, 12:58:32 AM
Certainty is an enemy of truth; examination and reexamination are allies of truth.  (Peter Boghossian)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 12, 2016, 10:48:39 PM
"We fear clear, honest, blunt dialogue, but what we ought to fear are stupid and dangerous ideas, because while blunt and honest dialogue might be offensive to some, stupid and dangerous ideas can be fatal to all of us."  (Matt Thornton)
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Post by: Star Stuff on January 17, 2016, 07:42:16 PM
Prayer of desperation is the adult manifestation of infantile crying.  (John C. Wathey)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2016, 01:46:18 PM
As long as men are not trained to withhold judgement in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cock-sure prophets, and so it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 16, 2016, 08:19:30 PM
Prayer is the Homeopathy of human sentiment.  (Internet)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 20, 2016, 12:47:18 PM
A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.  (Robert Oxton Bolt)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 24, 2016, 08:20:58 AM
Science is working hard to figure things out. Religion is working hard to stop all progress because it thinks it has the answers already.  (our own, jetson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 26, 2016, 02:30:14 PM
Atheists are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.  (Amanda Marcotte)
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Post by: Star Stuff on June 28, 2016, 01:13:47 PM
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.  (Hypatia of Alexandria)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 05, 2016, 09:34:08 AM
The man who thinks himself virtuous in fearing an angry God will soon begin to see virtue in submission to earthly tyrants.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Post by: Star Stuff on July 26, 2016, 11:30:37 PM
When a believer prays to a god to stop a wrong, is it because the deity doesn't know what's happening, or because it doesn't know it's wrong?
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 22, 2016, 01:43:56 PM
Better to be slapped with the truth than be kissed by a lie.  (Russian proverb)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 23, 2016, 10:10:10 AM
Christians are like mushrooms; kept in the dark, and fed only bullshit.  (AronRa)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 26, 2016, 03:00:21 PM
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes; an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.  This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.  (Carl Sagan)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 27, 2016, 10:57:50 AM
The prisoner grows to love his chains. (Plato)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 28, 2016, 10:43:28 AM
Sometimes people hold a belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted.  It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance, and because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.  (Frantz Fanon)
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Post by: Star Stuff on September 29, 2016, 01:12:27 PM
You aren't supposed to get comfortable with or create a workaround for cognitive dissonance. You’re supposed to abandon the nonsense that created it in the first place.
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Post by: Star Stuff on October 03, 2016, 10:09:17 AM
Objective truths are established by evidence.  Personal truths are established by faith.  Political truths are established by incessant repetition.  (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)
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Post by: Star Stuff on November 15, 2016, 12:41:17 PM
Changing your mind is okay. It shows wisdom and maturity. Never wavering from a belief no matter what is a mistake. What matters is trying to be as closely aligned with truth and reality as you can be at all times. And that requires many navigational adjustments over a lifetime.  (Guy P. Harrison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 10, 2017, 10:33:59 AM
Intellectual honesty allows us to stand outside ourselves and to think in ways that others can (and should) find compelling. It rests on the understanding that wanting something to be true isn’t a reason to believe that it is true—rather, it is further cause to worry that we might be out of touch with reality in the first place. In this sense, intellectual honesty makes real knowledge possible.  (Sam Harris)
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Post by: Star Stuff on February 28, 2017, 09:53:01 PM
Sometimes when I’m watching the world go by I envy the patriots and the believers. I can only imagine how nice it must feel inside that big fat herd. So much certainty and confidence, so little confusion and frustration. Reassurance everywhere; doubt nowhere.

Sometimes I wonder how life would be if borders and gods made sense to me.

What if I stepped out into the stream? How would it feel to swim in those warm illusions and delusions? But I can never know. I’m contaminated by reason and condemned by thinking. The herd is forever beyond my reach because I’m still the child who dared to doubt and cared to ask.

I try to not to mock them because I know the joke is on me. For I’m the one left alone, a social creature on the edge of society, a friendly man with few friends. My only compensation: a small bit of pride for having been awake while I lived.

(Guy P. Harrison)
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Post by: Star Stuff on March 30, 2017, 12:05:15 AM
Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.  (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Post by: Star Stuff on April 21, 2017, 10:02:50 PM
"You can find religions without creationism, but you never find creationism without religion."  (Jerry Coyne)
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Post by: Star Stuff on May 25, 2017, 08:04:53 AM
Let me try to explain this yet again. There are no qualifiers associated with Islam. There isn't radical Islam versus sweet Islam. No extremist Islam versus peaceful Islam. No mean Islam versus kind Islam.
Islam is a collection of revelations and ideas covered in the Qur'an, the hadiths, and the Sira. Islamic divine law is codified via Sharia law.

Individual Muslims vary in the extent to which they abide to the tenets of Islam. Some of these tenets are spiritual and peaceful, others are violent and filled with genocidal hate. Both are contained within the same invariant Islam.
If someone says "Radical Islam," the next question that you should ask him/her is the following: "Where is the holy book of radical Islam and how is it uniquely separate from the latter sources?"  The same question could be asked of "Jihadism," "Islamism," and other obfuscating euphemisms.

The reason for using these meaningless qualifiers is clear. People find it unpalatable to criticize a religion in a direct and frontal manner. As such, they construct alternative unicorn ideologies that are "outside" of the "true faith." As long as this trepidation remains part of the West's zeitgeist, the issue will NEVER be resolved. That's THE SAAD TRUTH.

(Gad Saad)