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
~ Noam Chomsky
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,
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.
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
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
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
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 friend.
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 ever have.
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
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 as pedophiles.
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 scheme.
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 the dresses.
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 the question.
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
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 decay.
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 you do.
D.H. Lawrence ~ British writer (1885-1930)
God is only a great imaginative
There once was a time when all
people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark
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
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 dogma.
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 to sail.
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
Martin Luther (1483-1546) Theologian (Protestant
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
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
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 lost.
Christopher Marlowe ~ English dramatist
and poet (1564-1593).
I count religion but a childish toy and hold there is
no sin but innocence (ignorance).
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 much alike.
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.
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 to atheism
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
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 misconduct
Poverty: It is very beautiful for
the poor to accept their lot. The world is being much helped by the suffering
of the poor people.
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 another.
Abortion: It is the greatest enemy
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
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.
Nasreen (1962- )
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 than lies.
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
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
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!
Nuland ( 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 doing them.
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 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
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,
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 wonderful man.
Pope Pius XII
One Galileo in two thousand years
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 saved.
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
Believers: The sheep who beg to
be fleeced and butchered, and who will battle to preserve their right to
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.
(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
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
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 for evidence.
The whole problem with the world
is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser
people so full of doubts.
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
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 our guidelines.
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
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
The sacred truth of science is that there are no sacred
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
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
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 them.
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
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
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 first place?
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 sacred science.
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 total agreement.
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 trouble.
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 the Universe
* 5 billion years
ago he started with our Earth
* 3 million years
ago he started with humankind
* 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
* 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
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 cut.
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
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) ~ Priest and
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what
he was never reasoned into.
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 folly.
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 caves.
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
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
Gods don't kill people. People
with Gods kill people.
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
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
Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.
If God has made us in his image, we have returned him
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 atrocities.
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
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 reason.
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 themselves atheists.
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.
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
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
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated
You know you have created God in
your own image, when you find that your God hates the same people that
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
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
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