The figures are shocking. Three quarters of the American
population literally believe in religious miracles. The numbers who believe
in the devil, in resurrection, in God doing this and that -- it's astonishing.
These numbers aren't duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world.
You'd have to maybe go to mosques in Iran or do a poll among old ladies
in Sicily to get numbers like this. Yet this is the American population.
J - Z
Question with boldness even the existence of
a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of
reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
And the day will come when the mystical generation
of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a Virgin Mary,
will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain
of Jupiter…. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought
in these United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding.
(Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 11 April 1823, as quoted by E.
S. Gaustad, “Religion,” in Merrill D. Peterson, ed., Thomas Jefferson:
A Reference Biography, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986, p. 287
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 purpose. (Thomas Jefferson, in
a letter to Baron von Humboldt, 1813; from George Seldes, ed., The Great
Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 370
In every country and every age, the priest has
been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting
his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire
wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect
this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into
mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer
for their purposes. (Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Horatio Spofford,
1814; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey:
Citadel Press, 1983, p. 371).
I have examined all of the known superstitions
of the world and I do not find in our superstitions of Christianity one
redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and mythology. Christianity
has made one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites.
A professorship of theology should have no place in our institution.
The priests of the different religious sects . . . dread the advance
of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal
harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction
of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet
we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect
of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.
Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are
servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal
for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence
of a God, because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage
of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily
life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy,
every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual
reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars,
revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to
change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.
The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as
the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three
headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more
of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at
the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes:
fools and hypocrites.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no
God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things
and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things,
that takes religion.
You are basically killing each other to see who has got the better imaginary
Jesus - Matthew 10:34
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Believing there is no God gives me more room
for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all
the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will
James Joyce ~ Irish author (1882-1941)
He comes into the world God knows how, walks
on the water, gets out of his grave and goes up off the Hill of Howth.
What drivel is this?
Azam Kamguian ~ Iranian women's rights
To say we must repect people's culture and religion,
however despicable is absurd. If a culture allows women to b e mutilated
and killed to save the family's "honour," it cannot be excused.
Wendy Kaminer ~ Law professor and feminist
Americans have become fascinated by angels and "out of body" experiences
and seem to be discarding the habit of critical thinking. The dissemination
of pseudoscience, including such things as the fascination with near-death
experiences and the growing belief by Americans -- 34% of them -- in reincarnation
are dangerous. They help to break down the standards of reason.
If I were to mock religious belief as childish I'd be excoriated as
an example of the cynical, liberal elite responsible for American's moral
delcine. I'd receive hate mail. Atheists generate about as much sympathy
People who believe that God exists and heeds their prayers have probably
waived the right to mock people who talk to trees or claim to channel the
spirits of Native Americans.
Sir Bernard Katz ~
Nobel winning biophysicist.
Organized religion: The world's largest pyramid
Florynce Kennedy (1916-2000) ~ Civil rights
It's interesting to speculate how it developed that in two of the most
anti-feminist instituions, the church and the law court, the men are wearing
Pres. John F. Kennedy
I believe in an America where religious intolerance
will someday end... where every man has the same right to attend or not
attend the church of his choice.
Johnnes Kepler (1571-1630)
When miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of
Ayatollah Khomeini (1901-1989)
~ Iranian religious/political leader
There is no room for play in Islam. It is deadly
serious about everything.
To an evolutionary psychologist, the universal extravagance of religious
rituals, with their costs in time, resources, pain and privation, should
suggest as vividly as a mandrill's bottom that religion may be adaptive.
Give tidings, O Mohammed, of painful doom to
those who disbelieve... Slay the idolators wherever ye find them... And
fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.
And whoever does not believe in Allah and His
Apostle, then surely We have prepared burning fire for the unbelievers.
Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902)
We find that the sexual instinct, when disappointed and unappeased
frequently seeks and finds a substitute in religon.
The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just
because we can’t agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
Since this life here and now is all we can know,
our most reasonable option is to live it fully.
Anne Lamott ~ Novelist
You can safely assume that you've created God
in your own image when it turns out that God hates all teh same people
D.H. Lawrence ~ British writer (1885-1930)
God is only a great imaginative experience.
There once was a time when all people believed
in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
Pope Leo XIII
The equal toleratio. of all religions is the
same as atheism.
Joseph Lewis (1889-1968)
Freethinkers of America president
If I had the power that the New Testament narrative saiys that Jesus
had, I would not cure one person of blindness, I would make blindness impossible.
I would not cure one person of leprosy, I would abolish leprosy.
As a young man Lincoln apparently wrote a
manuscript that he planned to publish, which vehemently argued against
the divine origin of the Bible and the Christian scheme of salvation. Samuel
Hill, a friend and mentor, convinced him to drop it, considering the disastrous
consequences it would have on his political career.
In great contests, each party claims to act in accordance with the
will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong.
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian
scheme of salvation and the 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.
The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.
I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian
We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory, because we believe
we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, too, for victory,
believing they are right. What must He think of us?
The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns
Lucretius (94-49BC) Roman poet and philosopher
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant,
useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.
Even if I knew nothing of the atoms, I would venture to assert . . .
that the universe was certainly not created for us by divine power.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) Theologian (Protestant
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
All armed Prophets have been victorious, and
all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
James Madison (1751-1836) ~ Fourth US president
James Madison - "Father of the Constitution."
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the
mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal
establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have 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.
In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties
of the people.
Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation
between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have
no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done,
in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity
the less they are mixed together.
The church says that the Earth is flat, but I
have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the shadow than
in the church.
M.M. Mangasarian (1859-1943) ~ Minister
THE BIBLE: A collection of writings of unknown date and authorship
rendered into English from supposed copies of supposed orignals unfortunately
Christopher Marlowe ~ English dramatist
and poet (1564-1593).
I count religion but a childish toy and hold there is no sin but innocence
Everything must be doubted.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people
is the abolition of religion.
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.
An atheist doesn't have to be someone who thinks
he has a proof that there can't be a god. He only has to be someone who
believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to
the evidence on the werewolf question.
I still say a church steeple with a lightning
rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney
Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls
people, Deludes people.
Delos B. McKown
The invisible and the non-existent look very
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) Anthropologist
It is an open question whether any behaviour
based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should
be regarded as merely cowardly.
If you believe in the existence of fairies at
the bottom of the garden you are deemed fit for the bin. If you
believe in parthenogenesis, ascension, transubstantiation and all the rest
of it you are deemed fit to govern the country.
H. L. Mencken
The truth is that Christian theology, like every
other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also
opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does
Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent slimy, sneaking and abominable.
Since the earliest days the church as an organization 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, bad institutions. It
was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for
the divine right of kings.
Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything
I hold in veneration--courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and,
above all, love of the truth.
Sunday School is a prison in which children do penance for the evil
conscience of their parents.
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief
in the occurrence of the improbable.... A man full of faith is simply one
who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear & realistic thought.
He is not a mere ass: he is actually ill.
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but
only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his
wife is beautiful and his children smart.
The greatest artists of this world are never puritans,
and seldom even ordinarily respectable.
When encountering a new philosophy or religion,
do not convert, but rather assimilate.
I am reluctant to use the word atheist to describe
my own unshakeable disbelief, and that's not because I'm ashamed, afraid,
or even embarrassed, but simply because it seems so self-evidently true
to me that there is no god, and giving that conviction a special title
somehow dignifies what it denies. After all, we don't have a special word
for people who don't believe in ghosts or witches.
Robert J. Miller
- Bible scholar
What one believes and what one can demonstrate
historically are usually two different things.
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism,
agnosticism, disbelief-call it what you will-than any book ever written;
it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema,
motor bicycle and golf course.
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets
you an education.
Ashley Montagu (1905-1999)
Science has proof without any certaintly. Creationists have certainty
without any proof.
A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path
Desmond Morris (1928- ) Zoologist - author
(The Naked Ape)
A man's soul is located in his testicles; a woman's in her ovaries.
For it is here that we find the truly immortal elements of our constitution
-- our genes.
I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.
There are no atheists in foxholes” isn't an argument against atheism,
it's an argument against foxholes.
Aids: It is a just retribution for improper sexual
Poverty: It is very beautiful for the poor to
accept their lot. The world is being much helped by the suffering of the
Homelessness: The problems facing us are due to
the fact that we are too distant from Jesus.
Unemployment: First we must learn to love one
Abortion: It is the greatest enemy of peace.
Over-Population: There is no problem of overpopulation,
only God's will.
Muhammad (570-632 BC) Prophet (Allah's
directives from The Koran)
Slay the idolators wherever ye find them.
Smite ye above their necks and smite all their
finger-tips off them
The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood
of the martyr.
Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow beings first.
The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the
rights attributed to them.
Dr. Taslima Nasreen
Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves
around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
Jawaharlal Nehru ~ Indian statesman
The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised
religion, in India and elsewere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently
condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed
to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition,
exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.
We talk about a secular India . . . Some people think that it means
something opposed to religion. That is obviously not correct. What it means
is that it is a State which honours all faiths equally and gives them equal
opportunities; India has a long history of religious tolerance . . . In
a country like India, which has many faiths and religions, no real nationalism
can be built up except on the basis of secularity.
No country or people who are slaves to dogma and dogmatic mentality
can progress. [Key Ideas in Human Thought]
(1951 - )
Religiously justified violence is first and foremost
a problem of "sacred" texts and not a problem of misinterpretation of texts.
Johann Neumann - Professor: University
of Tubingen, Germany
During the whole Nazi period religious education in the schools was
never forbidden, but on the contrary was generously encouraged. .
. . one has to ask oneself if the religion classes before and during the
Nazi period didn't contribute substantially to Christian support for the
war as the "work of God," through their inculcation of the doctirine of
obedience to the authorities.
Rev. Michael Newdow
Clearly it's not treating atheists as equal with people who believe
in God when you sayi "in God We Trust" or we are a "nation under God."
. . . I couldn't care less what anyone believes. I just care that our government
treats everybody equally.
Friedrich Nietzsche ~
philologist and philosopher (1844-1900).
call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity,
the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough,
or secret, subterranean and small enough - I call it the one immortal blemish
upon the human race.
Which is it, is man one of God's blunders
or is God one of man's?
I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised
all the time.
After coming into contact with a religious man
I always feel I must wash my hands
Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth
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?
The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice:
the sacrifice of all freedom, all pride, all self-confidence of spirit;
it is at the same time subjection, a self-derision, and self-mutilation.
All religions bear traces of the fact that they
arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race – before it
had learned the obligations to speak the truth. Not one of them makes it
the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications.
The most serious parody I have ever heard was
this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and
the nonsense was God.
There is no devil and no hell. Thy soul will be
dead even sooner than thy body: fear therefore nothing any more.
Christianity makes suffering contagious.
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the
world ugly and bad.
God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers -- at bottom
merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!
( 1930 - ) ~ American surgeon, professor and author
The Hippocratic Oath . . . is an expression of
the separation of medicine from religion. That was the great contribution
of the Hippocratic physicians -- they were the first people to say sickness
has noting to do with god, or the gods, or whatever.
Madelyn Murray O'Hair
has caused more misery to all men in every state of human history than
any other single idea.
No God ever gave any man anything, nor ever
answered any prayer at any time -- nor ever will.
"YOUR PETITIONERS ARE ATHEISTS and they define
their life-style as follows. An Atheist loves himself and his fellowman
instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we
shouldwork now here on earth for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist
thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in
himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with
it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge
of himself and a knowledge of his fellowman can he find the understanding
that will help to a life of fulfillment.
Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellowman
rather than to know a god. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be build
instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead
of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape
into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated.
He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life.
He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor
hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our
brother's keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons,
that the job is here and the time is now." - Madalyn Murray (later O'Hair
), preamble to Murray v. Curlett, April 27, 1961
When asked, "Do you support religious freedon," she responded, "Oh,
absolutely! I feel that everyone has a right to be insane. And that they
can do this any place at all. If they want religious schools, build them!
My only problem with that is, do not ask for the land to be tax-free. Do
not ask for a government grant to build them. Do not ask for money for
teacher's salaries, or more books, or anything else. Just go ahead and
do your thing, and do it yourself. Just exactly the same as if you were
a nudist. Somebody doesn't get a tax break for being a Mason, or whatever
they're interested in. [Interview in Freedom Writer magazine, March 1989]
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church.
An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An
Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants
disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
When I eat my dinner I don't do it to the greater
glory of God; I do it because I enjoy it. The world's full of amusing things
- books, wine, travel, friends - everything. I've never seen any meaning
in it all, and I don't want to see one. Why not take life as you find it?
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism
is its adherents.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the
Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish
church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of....Each
of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and of my own part, I disbelieve
them all. ~The Age of Reason, pp. 89
All natural 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."
~ The Age of Reason
Of all the systems of religion that ever
were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying
to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than
this thing called Christianity.
To argue with a man who has renounced his reason
is like giving medicine to the dead.
It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty,
rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.
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.
The Bible is a book that has been read more, and
examined less, than any book that ever existed.
Heinz Pagels (1939-1988) ~ American physicist
I like to browse in occult bookshops if for no
other reason than to refresh my commitment to science.
Olof Palme ~ Swedish prime minister (1927-1986).
Human beings will find a balanced situation when
they do good things not because God says it, but because they feel like
I do not believe in the creed professed by the
Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish
church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of....Each
of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and of my own part, I disbelieve
The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any
book that ever existed.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good
is my religion.
No amount of philosophical argumentation will cause there to be a god.
. . . Arguments are not evidence. . . . IN the end, I am left with things
I have evidence fore, and those I don't.
Rebecca Ann Parker ~ American theology
God required his son to suffer in order to save the world. That is
an image of God as a child abuser, and Jesus is imaged as the perfect victim.
He accepts the abuse and does it silently. He is praised in his religious
community for accepting abuse as the highest form of love . . . . If this
is the virtue of God's son . . . how is the victim of the priest's abuse
going to find a justification for raising a protest? . . . How is the church
going to see the perpetrators of abuse clearly if it can't see its own
conceptualizaiton of God as abuser?
You’re basically killing each other to see who’s
got the better imaginary friend.
So-called Scientific Creationism is really nothing more than an attempt
to give credence to an ancient Hebrew myth by trying to prove that virtually
al the world's biologists, geologists, and paleontologists are a bunch
of incompetent buffoons.
Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two hundred
billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning goat flesh?
Pope Paul IV (1476-1559)
If my own father were a heretic, I would personally
gather the wood to burn him.
Gregory S. Paul
(1954 - ) ~ Paleontologist and illustrator
[Worldwide] higher rates of belief in and
worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile
and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion.
All religions eventually die out. . . . But atheism will live on regardless
of what new religion replces the old.
Don't believe everything you think.
Pope Pius IX
The Church has no power to lay down dogmatically that the religion
of the Catholoic Church is the one true religion.
Pope Pius XI (1857-1939)
Mussolini is wonderful man. Do you hear me? A
Pope Pius XII
One Galileo in two thousand years is enough.
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. . . . There are a hell of a lot more of those conversions than
there are of atheists fo Christians.
Atheism is a disease of the soul, before it becomes
an error of the understanding.
Edgar Allen Poe
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out
of fear, fraud, greed, imagination and poetry.
The pioneers and missionaries of religion have
been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.
No man who ever lived knows any more about the
hereafter ... than you and I; and all religion ... is simply evolved out
of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry.
Pontiac (1718-1769) Ottawa Indian chief'?
They came with a Bible and their religion, stole our lnad, crushed
our spirit, and now tell us we should be thankful to the Lord for being
Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage."
Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness
to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic
is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation
of feeling with knowledge.
For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection
racket -- by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation
and relief . . . by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting
blackmail from the sinners.
The cross is the symbol of torture. I prefer the dollar sign, the symbol
of free trade, therefore of a free mind.
Religion is a primitive form of philosophy, [the] attempt to offer a
comprehensive view of reality.
I hearby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a superstition
and that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s). Further,
devils, demons, angels and saints are myths; there is no life after death,
no heaven or hell; the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur,
and the Holy Ghost is a comic-book chqaracter worthy of laughter and derision.
I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take
place -- not to mention the "ethnic cleansing" presently being performed
by Christians in our world -- and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity
for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women.
Believers: The sheep who beg to be fleeced and
butchered, and who will battle to preserve their right to be victimized.
I suggest that we might want to depose this incumbent God and start
dealing with The Real World. He's proven — time and again — to be cruel,
capricious, and vindictive. He drowns, crushes, burns, and starves millions
of us every day. He created cancer, viruses, and germs to invade and destroy
our bodies as He sees fit, and uses them very effectively. In His wisdom,
He directed those in charge to impede stem cell research so that such a
powerful approach would not be available to us and He wouldn't have to
strain the Divine Intellect to disarm that defense. We amuse Him as we
flail about vainly trying to appease Him. I vote that we dump Him.
Raymond of Aguilers
(1096-1099) ~ French eyewitness of teh First Crusade.
Wonderful things were to bee seen. Numbers of
the Saracens were beheaded . . . . Others were shot with arrows, or forced
to jump from the towers; others were tortured for several days, then burned
with flames. In teh streets were seen piles of heads and hands and feet.
It was a just and marvelous judgment of God, that this place should be
filled with the blood of unbelievers.
(1911-2004) American president
For the first time ever, everything is in place
for the Battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Christ.
Red Jacket (1758-1830)
Seneca Indian chief
You have got our country, but are not satisfied;
you want to force your religion upon us. . . . Brother, you say there is
but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one
religion, why do you white people differe so much about it.
John E. Remsberg (1848-1919) American educator
This doctrine of forgiveness of sin is a premium
on crime. "Forgive us our sins" means "let us continue in our iniquity."
. . . In teaching this doctirne Christ committed a sin for which his death
did not atone, and which can never be forgiven.
Joseph Ernest Renan (1823-1892) French
Experience shows, without exception, that miracles occur only in times
and in countries in which miracles are believed in, and in the presence
of persons who are disposed to believe them.
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.
Matt Ridley ~ British science writer
Readers prefer mysteries to facts, which is why
books about astrology, telepathy, and the Bermuda Triangle sell so well.
But science need not concede mystery to the occult. It can match it or
better. Mysteries like deep geological time, a boundless universe, the
big bang, relativity, quantum mechanics, the double helix, natural selection,
mass extinction, and chaos theory -- these are richer fare than anything
the occult can offer.
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.
To discriminate against a thoroughly upright
citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like
Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an
outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations
of American life.
It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists
and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so.
Jean Rostand (1894-1977)
~ French biologist and philosopher
Kill a man, one is a murderer; kill a million,
a conqueror; kill them all, a God.
~ Polish-American pianist
During a radio interview with Rubenstein the
conversation took a sharp turn away from music when the interviewer suddeenly
asked, "Mr. Rubenstein, do you believe in God?" Rubenstein calmly replied,
"No. You see, what I believe in is something much greater."
Michael Ruse (1940- ) Canadian philospher
It is difficult to imagine evolutionists signing
a comparable statement, that they will never deviate from the literal text
of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word
in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
I do not pretend to be able to prove that there
is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian
god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon.
But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie
outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no
reason to consider any of them.
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
The whole problem with the world is that fools
and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full
The Christian view that all intercourse outside
marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul,
based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage,
is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts,
can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that
it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its
whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome
views of life.
The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we
know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on
earth, more than ruin, more even than death...Thought is subversive and
revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege,
established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the
pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the
light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
One should always keep an open mind, but not so
open that one's brains fall out.
Religion is something left over from the infancy
of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as
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.
The immense majority of intellectually eminent men disbelieve in Christian
religion, but they conceal the fact in public, because they are afraid
of losing their incomes.
Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . 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. . . . 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.
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.
I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every
kind of religious belief will die out.
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.
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.
Sagan (1934-1996) Scientist
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea,
because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe,
and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
The sacred truth of science is that there are no sacred truths.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which
deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
You can not convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not
based on evidence, it is based on a deep-seated need to believe.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that
is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth, where the sun rises when
it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite to ours, that is on
no ground credible...that there was only one pair of original ancestors,
and it is inconceivable that such distant regions should have been peopled
by Adam's decendants.
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians
and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that
mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit
and confine man in the bonds of Hell.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) ~ American
To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after
all would be too damned hard.
Margaret Sanger (1883-1966) ~ Activist
If Christianity turned the clock of general progress back a thousand
years, it turned back the clock two thousand years for woman.
George Santayana (1863-1952)
Men become superstitious not because they had too much imagination,
but because they were not aware that they had any.
Buddhism had tried to quiet a sick world with anesthetics; Christianity
sought to purge it with fire.
Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest
ebb of his fortunes.
There is no cure for life and death save to enjoy the interval.
I realized if I wanted to live in a fabulous house and have sex with
young men I didn't need to be a priest to do that anymore. It used to be
the only way you could do that, but the world has changed now for the better.
(1862-1931) ~ Austrian playwright and physician
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity,
never of the correctness of a belief.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) ~ German
Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.
Philosophy lets the gods alone, and asks in turn to be let alone by
Faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance when the
one goes up, the other goes down.
Etta Semple (1855-1914) ~ American activist
If, in plain word I don't want to go to heaven . . . whose business
is it but my own?
Seneca the Younger
4 B.C.E - 65 C.E)
Religion is regarded by the common people as
true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
In religion, what damned error but some sober
brow will bless it, and approve it with a text, hiding the grossness with
fair ornament. ~ Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice
The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope?
If he knows anyithing about it, he shouldn't!
Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become
famous without ability.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; He is always
convinced that it says what he means.
Percy Bysshe Shelley ~ English poet
If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced.
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.
Marian Noel Sherman (1892-1975) ~ Canadian
If you tell a child "God made the world" he will usually ask "Then
who made God?" If we reply, as the catechism states, "No one made God.
He always was," then why couldn't we just say that about the world in the
What can be more soul shaking than peering through a 100-inch telescope
at a distant galaxy, holding a 100-million-year-old fossil or a 500,000-year-old
stone tool in one's hand, standing before the immense chasm of space and
time that is the Grand Canyon, or listening to a scientist who gazed upon
the face of the universe's creation and did not blink? That is deep and
David Koresh, L. Ron Hubbard, Joseph Smith, Jesus, Moses, what's the
difference? They were all egomaniacal, delusional characters who developed
fanatical followers who exaggerated their claims, mythologized their lives,
and canonized their words.
An anthropologist from Mars surveying Earth's flora and fauna, would
find roughly 30 million species, one of which evolved a big enough brain
to conceive of incorporeal monsters, beasts, spirits, demons, gods, and
the like. In the past 10,000 years, the Martian anthropologist discovers
after doing his research that this one species had devised roughly 100,000
religions based on roughly 2,500 gods. So, the only difference between
me and the believers in the audience was that I am skeptical of 2,500 gods
whereas they are skeptical of 2,499 gods. We're only one God away from
I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15000
species of butterfly or the 8800 species of ant they eventually took on
board Noah’s Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their
George H. Smith
In exchange for obedience, Christianity promises
salvation in an afterlife; but in order to elicit obedience through this
promise, Christianity must convince men that they need salvation, that
there is something to be saved from. Christianity has nothing to offer
a happy man living in a natural, intelligible universe. If Christianity
is to gain a motivational foothold, it must declare war on earthly pleasure
and happiness, and this, historically, has been its precise course of action.
In the eyes of Christianity, man is sinful and helpless in the face of
God, and is potential fuel for the flames of hell. Just as Christianity
must destroy reason before it can introduce faith, so it must destroy happiness
before it can introduce salvation. ~ Atheism: The Case Against God
Linda Smith, British TV and radio comedienne
If god wanted us to believe in him... he'd exist!
Raymond Smullyan (1919-) American mathematician
It has always puzzled me that so many people have taken it for granted
that God favors those who believe in him. Isn't it possible that the actual
God is a scientific God who has little patience with beliefs founded on
faith rather than evidence?
Sogree: On a Bored God:
* 12-14 billion years ago god created
* 5 billion years ago he started
with our Earth
* 3 million years ago he started
* 150,000 years ago he started with
the current version of humankind
* 5,000 years ago he revealed himself
to humankind (so they say)
* And for only 2,000 years he has
been able to "enjoy" Christian people
On a timescale of the Universe (100 percent):
* the Earth has existed for 42 percent
of the time
* Apeman existed since 0.025 percent
of the time
* Humankind itself has existed for
0.00125 percent of the time
* The Christian faith has existed
for 0.000042 percent of the time (rounded upwards)
* The time God has been able to
enjoy Christian people is 0.000017 percent (rounded upwards).
Thus, god has, for 99,999982 percent of time (rounded
downwards = 11,999,997,960 years), been bored, has done nothing.
He has been waiting for us, only to leave us behind "alone" once again.
Why? For eating an apple, that's why! I know time is nothing to God, but
this is preposterous.
Mira Sorvino (1967- ) ~ American actress
Why does it not say anywhere in the Bible that slavery is wrong? How
is it possible that it is not immoral to own another person? Why isn't
that one of the Ten Commandments? "Thou shalt not own another person."
You want to sit here and tell me that fornication is worse than owning
Walter P. Stacy (1925-1951) former chief justice,
North Carolina Supreme Court
It would be almost unbelievable, if history did not record the tragic
fact, that men have gone to war and cut each other's throats because they
could not agree as to what was to become of them after their throats were
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) Women's rights
The Bible and the Chruch havbe been the greatest stumbling blocks in
the way of women's emancipation . . . . Among the clergy we find our most
violent enemies, those most opposed to any change in woman's position.
Pope Stephen V ~ Pope from 885 to 891
The Popes, like Jesus, are conceived by their mothers through the overshadowing
of the Holy Ghost. All Popes are a certain species of man-gods . . . all
powers in Heaven, as well as on earth, are given to them.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) ~ Priest and
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned
Tao Te Ching
Religion is the end of love and honesty, the
beginning of confusion; faith is a colorful hope or fear, the origin of
Tecumseh (1768-1813) ~ Native American leader
How can we have confidence in the white people?
When Jesus Christ came upon the earth, you killed him, the son of your
own God, you nailed him up! You thought he was dead, but you were mistaken,
And only after you thought you killed him did you worship him, and start
killing those who would not worship him. What kind of people is this for
us to trust?
It's an embarrassing thing that, in a modern
culture, people still fall for lines of bull that were invented in the
Charles Templeton (1915-2001) ~ Canadian
journalist, novelist and politician.
If God's love encompasses the whole world and if everyone who does
not believe in him will perish, then surely this question needs to be asked:
When, after two thousand years, does God's plan kick in for the billion
people he "so loves" in China? Or for the 840 million in India?Or the millions
in Japan, Afghanistan, Siberia, Egypt, Burma -- and on and on?
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
~ Albanian Catholic nun
I think it is very beautiful for the poor to
accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world
is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.
Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862) ~ American philosopher
Why try to convert the Algonquin Indians from
their own superstitions to new ones.
I did not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to spport the priest,
and not the priest the schoolmaster.
Gherman Titov, Soviet
cosmonaut ~ The Seattle Daily Times, May 7, 1962
Some say God is living there [in space]. I was looking around very
attentively, but I did not see anyone there. I did not detect either angels
or gods....I don't believe in God. I believe in man - his strength, his
possibilities, his reason.
To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him,
are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege.
Vincent Van Gogh
I can very well do without God both in my life
and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something
which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
Gods don't kill people. People with Gods kill
Gore Vidal ~ American novelist
More people have been killed in the name of Jesus
Christ than any other name in the history of the world.
Every man makes a god of his own desire.
A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon
to live without working, at the expense of the rascals who work to live.
As long as people believe in absurdities they
will continue to commit atrocities.
Every sensible man, every honest man, must hold
the Christian sect in horror. But what shall we substitute in its place?
you say. What? A ferocious animal has sucked the blood of my relatives.
I tell you to rid yourselves of this beast, and you ask me what you shall
put in its place?
We only half live when we only half think.
Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.
If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.
Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion
that has ever infected the world.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason
and common sense. [Philosophical Dictionary, 1764]
Superstition, born of paganism and adopted by Judaism, invested the
Christian Church from earliest times. All the fathers of the Church, without
exception, believed in the power of magic. The Church always condemned
magic, but she always believed in it: she did not excommunicate sorcerers
as madmen who were mistaken, but as men who were really in communication
with the devil." [Philosophical Dictionary, 1764]
Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should
inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the
most intolerant of all men.
It is hard to free fools from chains they revere.
Peter Walker ~ American space physicist
The supreme arrogance of religious thinking: that a carbon-based bag
of mostly water on a speck of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf
star in a minor galaxy in an underpopulated local group of galaxies in
an unfashionable suburb of a supercluster would look up at the sky and
delcare, "It was all made so that I could exist!"
Alfred R. Wallace (1823-1913) ~ Darwin
Man's special creation is entirely unsupported by the facts, as well
as in the highest degree improbable.
Lemuel K.. Washburn ~ American activist
A man with a creed has bought the coffin for his mind. . . . It does
not require any mental exercise to believe.
The Unitarian walks with a cane, the Congregationalist, Mehodist, Presbyterian
and Baptist go with crutches, the Episcopalian hst to be pushed about in
an invalid's chair, while the Roman Catholic crawls on his hands and knees
and is led around with a ring in his nose by a priest.
The church is a bank that is continually receiving deposits but never
pays a dividend.
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!"
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 religious fights would not endanger the peace
The United States of America should have a foundation free from the
influence of clergy.
Dr. James Watson
American biologist, (Discoverer of DNA.)
I don't think we're here 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'm anticipating a good
The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand
anything, no physics, no biology. . . . I wanted to understand.
A committed believer in the Koran trots out the same arguments for
his point of view as a Southern Baptist . . . and neither can listen to
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we
make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and
badly arranged constellations.
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) ~ English novelist
It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which would
be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Richard A. Weatherwax
You do not need the Bible to justify love, but
no better tool has been invented to justify hate.
With or without it, you'd have good people doing
good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do
evil things, it takes religion.
Most scientist I know don't care enough about religion even to call
Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of
ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies,
and gibberish. Over the centureis, 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.
Herbert George "H.G."
Wells ~ English author (1866-1946).
It runs through the entire Christian story, and
our case against the Catholic Church is that, albeit it originated in a
passionate assertion of the conception of brotherly equality, it relapsed
steadily from the broad nobility of its beginnings and passed over at last
almost completely to the side of persecution and the pleasures of cruelty.
[From Wells' book Crux Ansata - An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church
1944, reprinted in 1981 by American Atheist Press.]
Why do people go on pretending about this Christianity?
There was a time when I believed in the story and the scheme of salvation,
so far as I could understand it, just as I believed there was a Devil.
Suddenly the light broke through to me and I saw a silly story, and each
generation nowadays swallows it with greater difficulty. Why do people
go on pretending about this Christianity?
John Wesley (1703 - 1791)
Whatever the natural cause, sin is the true cause
of all earthquakes.
The establishment of Christianity arrested the
normal development of the physical sciences for over fifteen hundred years.
The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the
enemies of God.
Alfred North Whitehead
~ British mathematician and philosopher
The total absence of humor in the Bible is one
of the most singular things in all literature.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) ~ American poet
Science, testing absolutely all thoughts, all works, has already burst
well upon the world -- a sun, mounting, most illuminating, most glorious,
surely never again to set. But against it, deeply entrench'd . . . the
fossil theology of the mythic-materialistic, superstitious, untaught and
credulous fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity.
When I think of all the harm the
Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything equal to it.
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his
You know you have created God in your own image,
when you find that your God hates the same people that you do.
Robert Anton Wilson ~ American writer and
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it descdribes
God as a mass murderer. this may be the single most important key to the
political behaviour of Western Civilization.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) ~ US President
Of course like very other man of intelligence and education I do believe
in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions
should be raised.
Fundamentalists are like the fir trees in German
forests: they cannot stand alone, and are only stable when crowded together,
branches locked with those of their brothers. That is why we must always
fear them, because they will always hate us for our individualism.
Cathy Young ~ Journalist
After September 11, some credited God with ensuring that there were
far fewer people than usual both in the hijacked planes and in the targeted
buildings. You'd think God could have simply tipped off the FBI.
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