• All thinking men are atheists.  Earnest Hemingway

  • In fact, very little is known in social science about the economic operation of religious
    institutions. The entire subject has been largely cloaked in secrecy by the religious groups
    themselves and avoided by polite journalists and researchers.  Authors John Heinerman
    and Anson Shupe

  • Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as
    useful. Seneca the Younger

  • A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.  Arthur Clarke

  • “Agnostic”is but “Atheist” writ respectable and “Atheist” is only “Agnostic” writ aggressive.  
    Edward Aveling

  • Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people
    doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things,
    that takes religion. Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize Winning Physicist  

  • Only a bogus prophet translates bogus plates.  Mormon apostate and author, Charles Shook

  • There’s no surer way to make an atheist than to get someone to actually read scripture.  PZ

  • The Christian’s Bible is a drug-store. Its contents remain the same; but the medical practice
    changes. . . . During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible
    commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church . . . 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. . . . There are no witches. The
    witch-text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell-fire is gone, but the text remains.
    Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are
    gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain. Is it not well worthy
    of note that of all the multitude of texts through which man has driven his annihilating pen
    he has never once made the mistake of obliterating a good and useful one?  Mark Twain

  • If we are to suppose a miracle to be something so entirely out of the course of what is
    called nature, that she must go out of that course to accomplish it, and we see an account
    given of such miracle by the person who said he saw it, it raises a question in the mind
    very easily decided, which is, is it more probable that nature should go out of her course,
    or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her
    course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same
    time; it is therefore, at least millions to one, that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.  
    Thomas Paine

  • Crutches only are hung on the walls of the miraculous grottoes [of Lourdes]; never a
    wooden leg.  Dr. Maurice de Fleury

  • If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.  Will Rogers

The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,

The first to welcome, foremost to defend,

Whose honest heart is still the master’s own,

Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,

Unhonour’d falls, unnoticed all his worth,

Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth,

While man, vain insect hopes to be forgiven,

And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.  
Lord Byron

  • This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines
    not able to take care of themselves.  Robert Ingersoll

  • Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.  Voltaire

  • Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.  Isaac Asimov

  • Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.  Mark Twain

  • I am bewildered . . . I own that I cannot see, as plainly as others do, and as I should wish
    to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much
    misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would
    have designedly created the . . . [parasitic wasps] with the express intention of their feeding
    within the living bodies of caterpillars.  Charles Darwin

  • I am a strong advocate for free thought on all subjects, yet it appears to me (whether
    rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity & theism produce hardly any
    effect on the public; & freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of
    men’s minds, which follows from the advance of science. It has, therefore, been always my
    object to avoid writing on religion, & I have confined myself to science. I may, however,
    have been unduly biassed [sic] by the pain which it would give some members of my
    family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion.  Charles Darwin

  • We show not only that atheists are less accepted than other marginalized groups but also
    that attitudes toward them have not exhibited the marked increase in acceptance that has
    characterized views of other racial and religious minorities over the past forty years. . . .
    Americans are less accepting of atheists than of any of the other groups we asked about,
    and by a wide margin.  University of Minnesota Study of Atheists as “Other.”
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