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Comment by Matthew McGetrick on April 19, 2010 at 2:07am
I always said a very short prayer to God; here it is:"My God! make my enemies very ridiculous!" God heard my prayer.

(Theological religion) is the source of all imaginable follies and disorders; it is the mother of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on April 16, 2010 at 10:47am
"When will we realize that the concessions we have made to faith in our political discourse have prevented us from even speaking about, much less uprooting, the most prolific source of violence in our history?" - Sam Harris, The End of Faith
Comment by Matthew McGetrick on April 15, 2010 at 7:30pm
I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" "No", said the priest, "not if you did not know." "Then why," asked the Eskimo, "did you tell me?"
---Annie Dillard
Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on April 14, 2010 at 4:45pm
"One of the most valuable things about history is that it teaches us how things do not happen. It is precisely this kind of awareness that the paranoid fails to develop. He has a special resistance of his own, of course, to developing such awareness, but circumstances often deprive him of exposure to events that might enlighten him - and in any case, he resists enlightenment. We are all sufferers from history, but the paranoid is a double sufferer, since he is afflicted not only by the real world, with the rest of us, but by his fantasies as well." - Richard Hofstadter
Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on April 12, 2010 at 10:58pm
"Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance ... by failing to live by the letter of the texts [religious holy books], while tolerating the irrationality of those who do, religious moderates betray faith and reason equally." - Sam Harris - "The End of Faith"
Comment by DeSwiss on April 8, 2010 at 3:19am
"Christianity is like a crooked prosecutor that charges you with a crime you didn't commit." ~ Manifestor_of_Light

It is possible for individuals and even for whole cultures to care about the wrong things. Which is to say that it is possible for them to have beliefs and desires that reliably lead to needless human suffering. Just admitting this will transform our discourse about human morality. ~ Sam Harris, "Science Can Answer Moral Questions"

The main doctrine of a fanatic’s creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. ~ Andrew White

REDEMPTION - n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin, through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religion, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it. ~ Ambrose Bierce

"Science is an attempt, largely successful, to understand the world, to get a grip on things, to get hold of ourselves, to steer a safe course. Microbiology and meteorology now explain what only a few centuries ago was considered sufficient cause to burn women to death." ~ Carl Sagan
Comment by Craig Duckett on March 28, 2010 at 10:33am
Is it really so difficult simply to accept what is considered truth in the circle of one's relatives and of many good men, and what, moreover, really comforts and elevates man? Is that more difficult than to strike new paths, fighting the habitual, experiencing the insecurity of independence and the frequent wavering of one's feeling and even one's conscience, proceeding often without any consolation...

Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to His Sister 1865
Comment by Doug Reardon on March 25, 2010 at 11:54am
Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty?" - Asimov
Comment by David on March 21, 2010 at 7:11am
“We must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and New Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries”
- Thomas Paine
Comment by DeSwiss on March 18, 2010 at 5:15pm
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. ~ Joseph Conrad

During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry. ~ Mark Twain, Europe and Elsewhere

You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say God is love, they will claim that you are taking things out of context! ~ Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith every religion the priest insists on five things -- First: There is a God. Second: He has made known his will. Third: He has selected me to explain this message. Fourth: We will now take up a collection; and Fifth: Those who fail to subscribe will certainly be damned. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Blasphemy laws should be abolished. It would be a strange God indeed, that required protection by the judicial system. ~ Salman Rushdie

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