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Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on October 1, 2012 at 3:26am

The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.

 - Albert Einstein - 1879-1955

Comment by Cesar Deicide on August 24, 2012 at 1:35am

When I became convinced that the universe is natural—that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light, and all the bolts, and bars, and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf, or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide world—not even in infinite space.

I was free—free to think, to express my thoughts—free to live to my own ideal—free to use all my faculties, all my senses—free to spread imagination's wings—free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope—free to judge and determine for myself—free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the "inspired" books that savages have produced, and all the barbarous legends of the past—free from popes and priests—free from all the "called" and "set apart"—free from sanctified mistakes and holy lies—free from the fear of eternal pain—free from the winged monsters of the night—free from devils, ghosts, and gods.

For the first time I was free. There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought—no air, no space, where fancy could not spread her painted wings—no chains for my limbs—no lashes for my back—no fires for my flesh—no master's frown or threat—no following another's steps—no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words. I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds.

And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain—for the freedom of labor and thought—to those who proudly mounted scaffold's stairs—to those whose flesh was scarred and torn—to those by fire consumed—to all the wise, the good, the brave of every land, whose thoughts and deeds have given freedom to the sons of men. And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still.

Robert Ingersoll

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on July 22, 2012 at 9:09pm

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

- Thomas Paine - 1737-1809

Comment by archaeopteryx on July 20, 2012 at 10:45am

I see a quotation in the film:

"Religion was creaated by egomaniacs for egomaniacs, and used to control the masses."
-- Veroncia Bowers --

While I can't locate a "Veroncia" Bowers, Veronica Bowers was an American Christian missionary who, along with her baby daughter, died in a plane mistakenly shot down by the Peruvian Air Force. I somehow can't imagine such a quotation coming from her, if that's indeed - misspelled name notwithstanding - the person to whom the quotation was attributed.

Comment by Fernando Kijel on July 1, 2012 at 8:59am

"Ask youself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves--or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth." - Ayn Rand, "Atlas shrugged".

Comment by Helena on June 17, 2012 at 11:26pm

"Priests generally don’t pull themselves up with a jolt of realisation that something they just said was really crass. The gullible faithful swallow it all without question and, anyway, they dare not contradict them, or even consider that they could. Codswallop, no matter how primitive, infantile or downright barmy, becomes truth if they just say it, denying it access to the brain." 9

Stand up for reason!

May 26, 2012
http://freethinker.co.uk/2012/05/26/stand-up-for-reason/)

Comment by William C. Walker on April 4, 2012 at 8:51pm

  " The Christian god is cruel,vindictive, capricious  & unjust. "   ..  Thomas Jefferson

Comment by William C. Walker on March 28, 2012 at 11:19am

'Evolution doesn't strive for perfection, only for that 'which will work'.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on March 27, 2012 at 8:04pm

You are the result of 4 billion years of Evolutionary success.

Fucking act like it.

Anon

Comment by Chelsea on March 7, 2012 at 3:40am

Always remember that you're unique, just like everybody else!  Wouldn't that be amazing if everybody remembered that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?!

 

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