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This is a collection of some of my favorite quotes, I will be adding to it as I find more of them.
"What can we say to a man who tells you that he would rather obey God than
men, and that therefore he is sure to go to heaven for butchering you?
Even the law is impotent against these attacks of rage; it is like reading
a court decree to a raving maniac. These fellows are certain that the holy
spirit with which they are filled is above the law, that their enthusiasm
is the only law that they must obey."
"There are no sects in geometry."
"Inspiration: A peculiar effect of divine flatulence emitted by the
Holy Spirit which hisses into the ears of a few chosen of God...."
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind
to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue."
"You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth
of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely
subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason."
"It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother,
because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster."
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion
and the clergy than reason and common sense."
"A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without
working at the expense of the rascals who work to live."
"Since the whole affair had become one of religion,
the vanquished were of course exterminated."
"Is man one of God's blunders, or is God one of man's blunders?"
"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."
"The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice
of all freedom, all price, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the
same time subjection, self-derision, and self-mutilation..."
"Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights, and
crucifixions he has so far felt best on earth; and when he
invented hell for himself, behold, that was his very heaven."
"A certain sense of cruelty towards oneself and others is Christian;
hatred of those who think differently; the will to persecute. Mortal
hostility against the masters of the earth, against the 'noble', that is
also Christian. Hatred of mind, of pride, courage, freedom, libertinage
of mind, is Christian; hatred of the sense, of the joy of the senses, of
joy in general is Christian."
"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly
and bad has made the world ugly and bad."
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher
esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
"I call Christianity the *one* great curse, the *one* great intrinsic
depravity, the *one* great instinct for revenge for which no expedient
is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, *petty* -- I call it
the *one* mortal blemish of mankind."
"Belief means not wanting to know what is true."
"In Christianity neither morality nor religion
come into contact with reality at any point."
"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
"God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers--
at bottom merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!"
"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray."
"Ministers say that they teach charity. That is natural. They
live on hand-outs. All beggars teach that others should give."
"The doctrine that future happiness depends upon belief is monstrous.
It is the infamy of infamies. The notion that faith in Christ is to be
rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason,
observation and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for
refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity
and ignorance, called "faith." What man, who ever thinks, can believe
that blood can appease God? And yet, our entire system of religion is
based upon that believe. The Jews pacified Jehovah with the blood of
animals, and according to the Christian system, the blood of Jesus
softened the heart of God a little, and rendered possible the salvation
of a fortunate few. It is hard to conceive how the human mind can give
assent to such terrible ideas, or how any sane man can read the Bible and
still believe in the doctrine of inspiration."
"In nature there are neither rewards nor
punishments; there are consequences."
"If Christ, in fact, said "I came not to bring peace but a sword," it is
the only prophecy in the New Testament that has been literally
"The book, called the Bible, is filled with passages equally horrible,
unjust and atrocious. This is the book to be read in schools in order to
make our children loving, kind and gentle! This is the book they wish to be
recognized in our Constitution as the source of all authority and
"The civilization of man has increased just to the same extent that
religious power has decreased. The intellectual advancement of man
depends upon how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new
truth. The church never enabled a human being to make even one of these
exchanges; on the contrary, all her power has been used to prevent them.
In spite, however, of the church, man found that some of his religious
conceptions were wrong. By reading his Bible, he found that the ideas of
his God were more cruel and brutal than those of the most depraved
savage. He also discovered that this holy book was filled with ignorance,
and that it must have been written by persons wholly unacquainted with
the nature of the phenomena by which we are surrounded; and now and then,
some man had the goodness and courage to speak his honest thoughts. In
every age some thinker, some doubter, some investigator, some hater of
hypocrisy, some despiser of sham, some brave lover of the right, has
gladly, proudly and heroically braved the ignorant fury of superstition
for the sake of man and truth. These divine men were generally torn in
pieces by the worshipers of the gods. Socrates was poisoned because he
lacked reverence for some of the deities. Christ was crucified by a
religious rabble for the crime of blasphemy. Nothing is more gratifying
to a religionist than to destroy his enemies at the command of God.
Religious persecution springs from a due admixture of love towards God
and hatred towards man."
"The terrible religious wars that inundated the world with blood
tended at least to bring all religion into disgrace and hatred.
Thoughtful people began to question the divine origin of a religion that
made its believers hold the rights of others in absolute contempt. A few
began to compare Christianity with the religions of heathen people, and
were forced to admit that the difference was hardly worth dying for. They
also found that other nations were even happier and more prosperous than
their own. They began to suspect that their religion, after all, was not
of much real value."
"A very pious friend of mine, having heard that I had said the world
was full of imperfections, asked me if the report was true. Upon being
informed that it was, he expressed great surprise that any one could be
guilty of such presumption. He said that, in his judgement, it was
impossible to point out an imperfection "Be kind enough," said he, "to
name even one improvement that you could make, if you had the power."
"Well," said I, "I would make good health catching, instead of disease."
The truth is, it is impossible to harmonize all the ills, and pains, and
agonies of this world with the idea that we were created by, and are
watched over and protected by an infinitely wise, powerful and beneficent
God, who is superior to and independent of nature."
"When the people failed to worship one of these gods, or failed to
feed and clothe his priests, (which was much the same thing,) he
generally visited them with pestilence and famine. Sometimes he allowed
some other nation to drag them into slavery -- to sell their wives and
children; but generally he glutted his vengeance by murdering their
firstborn. The priests always did their whole duty, not only in
predicting these calamities, but in proving, when they did happen, that
they were brought upon the people because they had not given quite enough
"If abuses are destroyed, man must destroy them. If slaves are freed, man
must free them. If new truths are discovered, man must discover them. If
the naked are clothed; if the hungry are fed; if justice is done; if labor
is rewarded; if superstition is driven from the mind; if the defenseless
are protected and if the right finally triumphs, all must be the work of
man. The grand victories of the future must be won by man, and by man
"Infidelity is liberty; all religion is slavery."
"As long as woman regards the Bible as the charter of her rights, she
will be the slave of man. The bible was not written by a woman. Within
its leaves there is nothing but humiliation and shame for her."
"That church [Catholic] teaches us that we can
make God happy by being miserable ourselves..."
"If priests had not been fond of mutton, lambs never would have been
sacrified to god. Nothing was ever carried to the temple that the priest
could not use, and it always happened that god wanted what his agents
"It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had
individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is flat;
but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even
in a shadow than in the Church." On the prow of his ship were
disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success."
,center>[Robert G. Ingersoll, quoted in _The Great Quotations_]
"Reason, Observation and Experience -- the Holy Trinity of Science -- have
taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now,
and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this
belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the
existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be
demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us
"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science."
"A crime against god is a demonstrated impossibility.",br>
"If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings
of the New, he would be insane."
"The intellectual advancement of man depends on how often
he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth."
"For many centuries the sword and cross were allies. Together
they attacked the rights of man. They defended each other."
"These gods did not even know the shape of the worlds they had
created, but supposed them perfectly flat. Some thought the day could be
lengthened by stopping the sun, that the blowing of horns could throw
down the walls of a city, and all knew so little of the real nature of
the people they had created, that they commanded the people to love them.
Some were so ignorant as to suppose that man could believe just as he
might desire, or as they might command, and that to be governed by
observation, reason, and experience was a most foul and damning sin. None
of these gods could give a true account of the creation of this little
earth. All were woefully deficient in geology and astronomy. As a rule,
they were most miserable legislators, and as executives, they were far
inferior to the average of American presidents."
"Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat,
no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual
mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance
to pretend that it supports the giver."
"We have heard talk enough. We have listened to all the drowsy,
idealess, vapid sermons that we wish to hear. We have read your Bible
and the works of your best minds. We have heard your prayers, your
solemn groans and your reverential amens. All these amount to less than
nothing. We want one fact. We beg at the doors of your churches for just
one little fact. We pass our hats along your pews and under your pulpits
and implore you for just one fact. We know all about your mouldy wonders
and your stale miracles. We want a 'this year's fact'. We ask only
one. Give us one fact for charity. Your miracles are too ancient. The
witnesses have been dead for nearly two thousand years. Their reputation
for 'truth and veracity' in the neighborhood where they resided is wholly
unknown to us. Give us a new miracle, and substantiate it by witnesses
who still have the cheerful habit of living this world. Do not send us
to Jericho to hear the winding horns, nor put us in the fire with
Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego. Do not compel us to navigate the sea with
Captain Jonah, nor dine with Mr. Ezekiel. There is no sort of use in
sending us fox-hunting with Samson. We have positively lost all interest
in that little speech so eloquently delivered by Balaam's inspired donkey.
It is worse than useless to show us fishes with money in their mouths, and
call our attention to vast multitudes stuffing themselves with five
crackers and two sardines. We demand a new miracle, and we demand it
now. Let the church furnish at least one, or forever hold her peace."
"If all the historic books of the Bible were blotted from the memory
of mankind, nothing of value would be lost...I do not see how it is
possible for an intelligent human being to conclude that the Song of
Solomon is the work of God, and that the tragedy of Lear was the
work of an uninspired man."
"Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to
laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral
virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts
all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men."
"I think that in philosophical strictness at the level where one
doubts the existence of material objects and holds that the world
may have existed for only five minutes, I ought to call myself an
agnostic; but, for all practical purposes, I am an atheist. I do
not think the existence of the Christian God any more probable than
the existence of the Gods of Olympus or Valhalla. To take another
illustration: nobody can prove that there is not between Earth and
Mars a china teapot revolving in an elliptic orbit, but nobody
thinks this sufficiently likely to be taken into account in
practice. I think the Christian God just as unlikely."
"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."
"I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I
hope that every kind of religious belief will die out."
"The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests
that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours."
"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly
the terror of the unknown, and partly the wish to feel that you have a
kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and
disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing - fear of the mysterious,
fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore
it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand"
"The most savage controversies are those about matters
as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic."
"The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey her husband
has sent more women to the grave than to the courts for a divorce."
"To build one house for man is better than to build a dozen
houses to God."
"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!"
"The character of God would stand vastly higher in human
estimation if he had visited the garden in which he had placed the
first human pair and picked up the serpent and cast him over the
garden wall before he had a chance to tempt Eve, instead of waiting
until the mischief was done, and then cursing the whole lot for
what he might so easily have prevented."
"A dogma is the hand of the dead on the throat of the living."
"Civilization has come about by going to school more than to church."
"A great many people who worship Jesus would not let him come
at the back door."
"When men are hungry roast mutton is better
than the lamb that taketh away wrath."
"Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand
it. But if they called everything divine which they do not
understand, why, there would be no end of divine things."
"A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes."
"A one sentence definition of mythology?
"Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion."
"The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was
ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior
Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of
the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant
of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light."
"Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is
not a god but a great rock and the sun a hot rock."
"I don't believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man
to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life."
"Faith is a euphemism for prejudice and
religion is a euphemism for superstition."
"Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling
so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily
contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself."
"A careful study of religious beliefs and practices, as well as of
scholars' definitions of religion, forces us to conclude that the beliefs
and practices labeled "religious" have only one thing in common: the
beliefs lack any empirical or statistical evidence, and the practices are
"regular, habitual, and predictable ways of meeting the unpredictable,
the impossible, or the uncontrollable ..., if [these] are momentous."
"There are ten church members by inheritance for every one by
"If you're looking for a little background reading on scientific
creationism, it's best not to take the word scientific too seriously.
A three-year database search of 4,000 scientific publications -- focusing
on the names of people associated with the Institute for Creation Research
and on phrases and keywords such as 'creationism' -- didn't turn up a
single paper. A follow-up study of 68 journals found that only 18 of
135,000 total manuscript submissions concerned scientific creationism,
and all 18 were rejected. Reasons cited included 'flawed arguments,'
'ramblings,' and 'a high-school theme quality'."
"It is interesting that every time God gives direct
orders to anyone, it is always "Thou shalt kill."
"By one count there are some 700 scientists with respectable academic
credentials (out of a total of 480,000 U.S. earth and life scientists,
less than 0.2%) who give credence to creation-science, the general theory
that complex life forms did not evolve but appeared "abruptly."
"George Washington thought he belonged to the Episcopal church,
never mentioned Christ in any of his writings and he was a deist."
"It remains one of the most baffling yet affecting phenomena in modern
religious life: A beam of light or a spot of dirt in an otherwise ordinary
place is perceived as the image of the Virgin Mary, and suddenly thousands
of pilgrims descend on the site, turning it into a makeshift shrine. ...In
previous years, it has been a vision in the sky, a glint off a car bumper,
a face in a tortilla, a tear on an icon. ...But while church leaders are
often loath to debunk a visionary experience, not wanting to damage the
faith of thousands, they are also leery of letting such events get out of
hand. If someone who claims to have communicated with the divine begins
spreading teachings that are contrary to church dogma, bishops have not
hesitated to step in."
"Colfax, Placer County. A mysterious light on a church wall that many
believed was a divinely inspired image of the Virgin Mary did not appear
yesterday amid heavy clouds, seeming to confirm the theory it was merely
sunlight shining through stained-glass window. ... When the image failed
to appear at its customary time, however, the worshipers trooped out, some
in dismay. ... Church officials had been considering an investigation to
determine whether the appearance of the image, which looked like the
outline of the top half of a figure, was a miracle."
"Two recent surveys rate the United States at the top among Western
in belief in God and at the bottom among six major countries in school kids'
understanding of science and math. This could be dismissed as chance,
but it shouldn't be. While our economic competitors' schools are
teaching students advanced math and science, many of our schools are
wasting energy debating whether to teach evolution or creationism, which
maintains that God created the universe over a six-day period about 6,000
"He [Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci] talked about Father Junipero
Serra's qualifications for sainthood: 'They say he cured a nun's lupus.
A miracle. Now I'm not a doctor, but I know lupus goes into remission.
It's not always fatal. Have Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder play
ping-pong together. That's a miracle.'"
"A question has been raised as to Thomas Jefferson's religious views.
There need be no question, for he has settled that himself. He was an
Infidel, or, as he chose to term it, a Materialist. By his own account
he was as heterodox as Col. Ingersoll, and in some respects even more so."
"A disturbing fact continues to surface in sex abuse research. The first
best predictor of abuse is alcohol or drug addiction in the father. But
the second best predictor is conservative religiosity, accompanied by
parental belief in traditional male-female roles. This means that if you
want to know which children are most likely to be sexually abused by their
father, the second most significant clue is *whether or not the parents
belong to a conservative religious group with traditional role beliefs
and rigid sexual attitudes*. (Brown and Bohn, 1989; Finkelhor, 1986;
Fortune, 1983; Goldstein et al, 1973; Van Leeuwen, 1990). (emphasis in
"The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism,
disbelief -- call it what you will -- than any book ever written."
"There may be Gods, but they care not what men do."
"I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance."
"Truth in matters of religion, is simply opinion that has survived."
"When I think of all the harm the Bible has done,
I despair of ever writing anything to equal it."
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of
fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry."
"I believe the spreading of Catholicism to be the most horrible
means of political and social degredation left in the world."
"I think that it stands for everything most hostile to the mental
emancipation and stimulation of mankind. It is the completest, most
highly organized system of prejudices and antagonism in existence.
Everywhere in the world there are ignorance and prejudice, but the
greatest complex of these, with the most extensive prestige and the most
intimate entanglement with traditional institutions, is the Roman
Catholic Church. It presents many faces to the world, but everywhere it
is systematic in its fight against freedom."
"I do not believe I have any immortality. The greatest
evil in the world today is the Christian religion."
"There is in every village a torch - the teacher;
and an extinguisher- the clergyman."
"The merest accident of microgeography meant that the first man to
hear the voice of (the God) Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a
shepherd and not a goatherd. They have quite different ways of looking at
the world, and the whole of history might have been different. For sheep
are stupid and have to be driven. But goats are intelligent and need to
"To put it as simply as possible: *I am not a Muslim*.[...] I do not
accept the charge of apostacy, because I have never in my adult life
affirmed any belief, and what one has not affirmed one can not be
said to have apostasized from. The Islam I know states clearly that
'there can be no coercion in matters of religion'. The many Muslims
I respect would be horrified by the idea that they belong to their
faith *purely by virtue of birth*, and that a person who freely chose
not to be a Muslim could therefore be put to death."
"The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most
conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn
other ideas --uncertainty, progress, change -- into crimes."
"Fundamentalism isn't about religion. It's about power."
"God, Satan, Paradise, and Hell all vanished one day in my fifteenth
year, when I quite abruptly lost my faith. [...]and afterwards, to
prove my new-found atheism, I bought myself a rather tasteless ham
sandwich, and so partook for the first time of the forbidden flesh of
the swine. No thunderbolt arrived to strike me down. [...] From that
day to this I have thought of myself as a wholly secular person."
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go
"Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to
ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the
centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people,
the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among
us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would
force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our
schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly and
warn the people of Canada..."
"...if I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose
to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the
pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous
atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose
every deed is foul, foul, foul."
"Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying
and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the
popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for
removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism."
"Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is
something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."
"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always
been premature, and it remains premature today."
"As it happens, Josephus, who mentions John the Baptist, does not mention
Jesus. There is, to be sure, a paragraph in his history of the Jews which
is devoted to Jesus, but it interrupts the flow of the discourse and seems
suspiciously like an afterthought. Scholars generally believe this to
have been an insertion by some early Christian editor who, scandalized
that Joesphus should talk of the period without mentioning the Messiah,
felt the insertion to be a pious act."
"I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been
an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually
unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge
that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or
agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but
I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my
"You will find men like him in all of the world's religions. They know
that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may
be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods. Not
necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion.
Science can destroy a religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving
its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the
nonexistance of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now."
"Anyone who can worship a trinity and insist that his religion is a
monotheism can believe anything... just give him time to rationalize
"Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves.
Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child."
"Of all the strange "crimes" that humanity has legislated out of nothing,
"blasphemy" is the most amazing - with "obscenity" and "indecent exposure"
fighting it out for second and third place."
"History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any
rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to
stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do
have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive
considerable pleasure from fiddling with it."
"One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."
"God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here
on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these
attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks,
please. Cash and in small bills."
"Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily.
All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
"A religion is sometime a source of happiness, and I would not deprive
anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not
for the strong. The great trouble with religion - any religion - is that
a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot
hereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm
fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak certainty of reason- but one
cannot have both."
"In an early class, one of the students asked me if I believed in
God. I replied, 'I don't think so.' And then proceeded to wail on the
theme, using material from this column of some weeks ago, in which I
observed the perpetuation of insanity on this planet through the mediums of
Arabs-vs-Jews, Catholics-vs-Protestants, Southern Baptists-vs-Everyone.
I said I felt if 'God created man in his *own* image, in the image of God
created he them,' (Genesis 2:27, King James's italics, not mine) then
*we* were God. And when Man (*my* cap, not King James's) in his most
creative, his most loving, his most gentle and most human, then he is
most God-like. The student said he would pray for my immortal soul. He
also asked for my address, so he could send me some literature on the
subject of God. I thanked him politely and told him I'd gotten all the
literature I could handle on the subject from a certain Thomas Aquinas."
"The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders,
a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant."
"The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits
suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth,
that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empire but it
is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of
skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and
removing a diseased religion and making way for truth."
"Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and
you are a conqueror. Kill all and you are God."
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary;
men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."
Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian
religion; in Constantinople, one who does.
"Ocean: A body of water occupying 2/3 of a world made
for man -- who has no gills."
Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a
single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
"Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces
itself to this: 'Great God, grant that twice two be not four.'"
"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says:
He is always convinced that it says what he means."
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."
"If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only
moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a 'moral commandment' is a
contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the
understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to
make a million dolars, the best way would be to start his own religion."
"The way to make money is to start your own religion."
"That's the problem with believing in a supernatural
being. Trying to determine what he wants."
"We killed all our Klingon gods centuries ago.
They were more trouble than they were worth."
"The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by H.Sapiens is that the
Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the
sacharrine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their
prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not recieve this flattery. Yet
this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it,
has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive
industries in history."
"History has the relation to truth that theology
has to religion -- i.e. none to speak of."
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no
substitute for a good blaster at your side."
"Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of
"Nothing happens in contradiction to nature;
only in contradiction to what we know of it."
Calvin: Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being
dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?
Hobbes: I'm not sure that man needs the help.
"It's hard to be religious when certain people
are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."
"Marge, have you ever actually sat down and read this thing?
Technically, we're not even allowed to go to the bathroom."
"Prayer has no place in the public schools, just
like facts have no place in organized religion."
"Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go
to church we're just making him madder and madder"
"The more I study religions the more I am convinced
that man never worshipped anything but himself"
"Imagine there's no heaven.
It's easy if you try.
No hell below us,
Above us, only sky..."
"I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power
of rational decision, to drain people of their free will--and a hell
of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of
idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing
more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain."
"They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore
we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he
controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and
reaches of logic that I just couldn't agree with."
"I've always thought that, if we did not have supernatural
explanations for all the things we might not understand right away, this
is the way we would be, like the people on that planet. [ST:TNG "Who
Watches the Watchers"] I was born into a supernatural world in which all
my people -my family- usually said "That is because God willed it," or
gave other supernatural explanations for whatever happened. When you
confront those statements on their own, they just don't make sense. They
are clearly wrong. You need a certain amount of proof to accept
anything, and that proof was not forthcoming to support those
"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing
all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his
"How could the Pat Robertsons and the Pat Buchanans, presuming
to be the spokespeople for God, spew such doctrines of
divisiveness, intolerance and inhumanity? Who is that God?"
"I'm an atheist, and that's *it*. I belive there's nothing we
can know except that we should be kind to each other and do
what we can for other people."
"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil.
But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an
"By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none."
"Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying -
but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?"
"We created god in our own image and likeness!"
"I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of
all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's
there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent
all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no
one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring
pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I
offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to "God" are all
answered at about the same 50-percent rate."
"If churches want to play the game of politics,
let them pay admission like everyone else"
"I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State.
My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on
their own, so both of them together is certain death."
"The Bible has been interpreted to justify such evil practices as, for
example, slavery, the slaughter of prisoners of war, the sadistic murders
of women believed to be witches, capital punishment for hundreds of
offenses, polygamy, and cruelty to animals. It has been used to encourage
belief in the grossest superstition and to discourage the free teaching
of scientific truths. We must never forget that both good and evil flow
from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism."
"There are hundreds of millions who believe the Messiah has come.
If he did, then it is unfortunately the case that his heroic
sacrifice and death have had no effect whatsoever on the very
problem his coming might have been expected to address, for
history demonstrates, beyond question, that we Christians have
been just as dangerous, singly and en masse, as non-Christians."
"My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here
in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than
were permissible under English law at that time."
"Prayers never bring anything... They may bring solace to the sap, the
bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the
enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something
"It seems to be an intrusive nature to religion now in this country
that I don't quite understand- there isn't an hour in the day where
a television preacher doesn't bully his way into your living room.
I see through these guys like used Neutrogena. You know, they say
they don't favor any particular denomination, but I think we've all
seen their eyes light up at 10s and 20s."
"To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our
species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage"
"To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby
state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that
there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils,
demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death,
heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval
dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic-book character 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."
"I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people.
I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing
a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an
African painting his face white and praying to a rock."
"I pledge allegiance to my flag
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."
"Surprisingly, recent research suggests that a religious person is
more likely to commit a crime than a non-religious person. One can even
argue that the more religious the society, the more likely it is to have
high crime rates."
"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."
"Since the early days, [the church] has thrown itself violently against
every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all
times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad
governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was,
for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was an apologist for the
divine right of kings."
"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."
"What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer:
he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an
imaginary hell. It's a business almost indistinguishable from that
of a seller of snake-oil for rheumatism."
"The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as
the trouble with Christianity is the Christians."
"There is, in fact, nothing about religious opinions that
entitles them to any more respect than other opinions get.
On the contrary, they tend to be noticeably silly."
"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration-
courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the
"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy
by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to
resort to physics or chemistry."
"I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to
mankind--that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the
ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done
to clear and honest thinking."
"I prayed for twenty years but received
no answer until I prayed with my legs."
"I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the South is a mere
covering for the most horrid crimes-- a justifier of the most appalling
barbarity, a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, and a dark shelter
under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of
slaveholders find the strongest protection. Where I to be again reduced
to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being
the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall
me...I...hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering,
partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land."
"Once, in a heated controversy over the wisdom of giving the
Bible to slaves, he asserted that it would be 'infinitely
better to send them a pocket compass and a pistol.'"
"The churches can well afford to pay fair taxation. But
supposing they couldn't. Would not that be a very significant
evidence that the churches were not really wanted?"
"Qumran lies directly within the orbit of Jesus' early activity. His
first public appearance occurred in this region. It is a striking fact
that the place where Jesus received the ritual baptismal bath in the
Jordan at the hands of John, was only 5 km from the monastic settlement
of Qumran. There is of course a reason for this. John the Baptist was
a *schaliach*, an apostle of the sect of Qumran...John led a community
of Essene moderates. After his baptism one should similarly count
Jesus as a member of one of these communities, and refer to him as a
Nazarene. This later led to the falsely translated and irrational
description of him as 'Jesus of Nazareth', a place which was not even
in existence at the time of Jesus. Later a sign was said to have been
fixed to the Cross, giving charge against him as membership of this
sect: "Jesus, Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum--Jesus, Nazarene, King of the Jews."
"It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If
they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui."
"We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't
stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected."
"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never
again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and
suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity.
Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal
torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules.
Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love
that iscontingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is
respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a
healthy, unafraid human being."
"I turned to speak to God/About the world's despair;/But to
make bad matters worse/I found God wasn't there."
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
"If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed,
they will fall by the hands of the clergy."
"Faith - the ability to believe the ridiculous for the sublime."
"In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single
fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality."
"Even many of those who claim to believe in immortality still tell
themselves and others that neither side of the question is susceptible of
proof. Just what can these hopeful ones believe that the word "proof"
involves? The evidence against the persistence of personal consciousness
is as strong as the the evidence for gravitation, and much more obvious.
It is as convincing and unassailable as the proof of the destruction of
wood or coal by fire. If it is not certain that death ends personal
identity and memory, then almost nothing that man accepts as true is
susceptible as proof."
"They were allowed to stay there on one condition, and that is
that they didn't eat of the tree of knowledge. That has been
the condition of the Christian church from then until now.
They haven't eaten as yet, as a rule they do not."
The Religious Right aren't, and Scientific Creationism isn't.
"If God is love, and if God is also omnipresent, then the Devil cannot
exist. If the Devil exists, God cannot be love and also be omnipresent.
Yet, an omnipresent God of love and the Devil are both said to exist. It
doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure that there is something wrong
"At the time of its Founding, the United States seemed to be an infertile
ground for religion. Many of the nation's leaders - include George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin - were not Christians,
did not accept the authority of the Bible, and were hostile to organized
religion. The attitude of the general public was one of apathy: in 1776,
only 5 percent of the population were participating members of
The scientist yearns to find and eventually know the truth;
The religious man wants the truth to fit his preconceived mold.
So, as a result...
The scientist alters his perception to conform to the facts;
The religious man tries to change the facts to conform to his beliefs.
"The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it
describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important
key to the political behavior of Western Civilization."
"Science has proof without any certainty.
Creationists have certainty without any proof"
"It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which
will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
"Faith," said St. Paul, "is the evidence of things not seen." We should
elaborate this definition by adding that faith is the assertion of
things for which there is not a particle of evidence and of things which
"Scientific education and religious education are incompatible. The clergy
have ceased to interfere with education at the advanced state, with which
I am directly concerned, but they have still got control of that of
children. This means that the children have to learn about Adam and Noah
instead of about Evolution; about David who killed Goliath, instead of Koch
who killed cholera; about Christ's ascent into heaven instead of
Montgolfier's and Wright's. Worse than that, they are taught that it is
a virtue to accept statements without adequate evidence, which leaves them
a prey to quacks of every kind in later life, and makes it very difficult
for them to accept the methods of thought which are successful in
"The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to
solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person
who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"
"The Jews are a frightened people. Nineteen centuries
of Christian love have broken down their nerves."
"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, which is my life -- the power to create."
"Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend
Do it in the name of heaven - you can justify it in the end."
"Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men
mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong
and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."
"[W]e shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we
reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save
to serve man."
"...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."
"I do not consider it a sign of divine love to consign to hell
people who live good lives but make an honest mistake in belief"
Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish
"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
That unalterable rule applies both to God and man."
"As a literary monument the Bible is of much later origin than the Vedas;
as a work of literary value it is surpassed by everything written in the
last two thousand years by authors even of the second rank, and to compare
it seriously with the productions of Homer, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare
or Goethe would require a fantacized mind that had entirely lost its power
of judgment. Its conception of the universe is childish, and its morality
revolting, as revealed in the malicious vengeance attributed to God in the
OT and in the New, the parable of the laborers of the eleventh hour and
the episodes of Mary Magdelene and the woman taken in adultery."
God wanted to have a holiday, so He asked St. Peter for suggestions on
where to go.
"Why not go to Jupiter?" asked St. Peter.
"No, too much gravity, too much stomping around," said God.
"Well, how about Mercury?"
"No, it's too hot there."
"Okay," said St. Peter, "What about Earth?"
"No," said God, "They're such horrible gossips. When I was there 2000 years ago, I had an affair with a Jewish woman, and they're still talking about it."
"Religious persons often consider gambling to be a bad thing. It certainly
causes a great deal of misery. But much of the badness of gambling consists
in its refusal to face the odds and be guided by them; and in the matter of
refusing to face the odds religion is a worse offender than gambling, and
does more harm to the habits of reason. Religious belief is, in fact, a
form of gambling, as Pascal saw. It does more harm to reason than ordinary
gambling does, however, because it is more in earnest."
"If there is a God, atheism must strike Him
as less of an insult than religion."
"The central problem of Christianity is: if the Messiah has come, why is
the world so evil? For Judaism, the problem is: if the world is so evil,
why does the Messiah not come?"
"Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a
fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time.
Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the
explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice
of squeeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "does not!".
"The prime necessity of a human being is freedom. It is the state
which has forbidden women from enjoying that liberty. Religion is
now the first obstacle to women's advancement. Religion pulls human
beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness.
Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural, It bars
people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice."
"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."
"Superstition is the poison of the mind."
"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!"
"What good is a beautiful church that serves the
spiritual needs to someone sleeping on a steam grate?"
Waco, Pensacola, The World Trade Center, Hebron, The Spanish Inquisition, "Eat my flesh, and drink my blood" . . . Don't the Religiously-Correct just wanna' kill ya'?
"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance
with the will of the Almighty Creator."
"I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator.
By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work."
"(19)Yet she increased her whorings, remembering the days of her
youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt (20) and lusted
after her paramours whose members were like those of donkeys and whose
emissions was like that of stallions"
"Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has
known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not
known man ... , keep alive for yourselves."
When Yahweh your god has settled you in the land you're about
to occupy, and driven out many infidels before you...you're to
cut them down and exterminate them. You're to make no compromise
with them or show them any mercy.
"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should
reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth;
I came not to send peace, but a sword."