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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]