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"An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god.
An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work 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 knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment.
Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god.
An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built 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 and 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 O'Hair]
"It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science." [Darwin]
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism." [Einstein]
"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities." [Voltaire]
"Faith means not wanting to know what is true." [Nietzsche]
"I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul....
No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong.
It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living our dread of coming to an end." [Edison]
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
[Seneca the Younger]
"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." [Lincoln]
"Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" [Arthur C. Clarke]
"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." – [Francis Bacon]
"Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies." [Thomas Jefferson]
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. (Jonathan Swift - 1667-1745)
"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile." [Kurt Vonnegut]
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies." Friederich Neitzche 1844 - 1900
"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." [Bertrand Russell]
O ye who grope in the dark for comfort from the so called gods, stand and be like men in the face of the truth and rather believe in yourself [Priapus Maximus]
"It is frustrating to deal with these ignorant people... they fear reality. Through this fear they grope for a crutch as when a child they would have suckled their mother's breast. It is true that religion is the opiate of the people" [Leopold Boucouvalas]
Religion and science can never mix. One is the refusal to accept reality and the other is dealing with reality even on it's harshest terms.
Christianity: The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. - Makes perfect sense.
Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises.
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." Henry David Thoreau
"In a group where everyone thinks the same, no one thinks very much."
"Nothing can save us from a perpetual headlong fall into a bottomless abyss but a solid footing of dogma; and we no sooner agree to that than we find that the only trustworthy dogma is that there is no dogma." George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
George Carlin, 1999: “Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it.
Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.
And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!
Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.
Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!
"But for tradition, we walk evermore to higher paths by brightening reason's lamp." George Eliot (1819-1880)
All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so", and "If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian". Mark Twain ( Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
"After reading some of Erich Fromm's work I am reminded that we should consider moral values derived from reason instead of living by authoritarian moral values."
[ Leopold Boucouvalas]
There is a religious intolerance toward non-theists who prefer reality and solid science over mythology. They are constantly persecuted for not following the myths of religions. Those who cling to the old beliefs that were brought down to them through generations of community and family traditions are not willing to let go in the face of the reality. It is a tug of war and sadly it is taking too long for reality, clear headed thinking and scientific facts to win out over ignorance and mythological beliefs. Don't be afraid to open your eyes to reality. You'll only find the truth. Roger Chartier
"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."-- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Charles Darwin "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." --
Bertrand Russell "If one must have faith to believe something, or believe in something, then the likelyhood of that something having any truth or value is considerably diminished." Christopher Hitchens