Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.28.11
In a letter to a friend: “What think you, Matt, of the Christian religion? Between you and I, and the bed post, I begin to think it is all a plot of the priests. I have ever marked [them] the veriest savages under the sun.” -Anne Royall (1796-1854), American writer/publisher/activist. Became the first person to lobby Congress regarding church-state separation, in response to a...
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Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.27.11
From his “Syllabus of Condemned Opinions” (1850-1863) translated from the Latin by Joseph McCabe: “Every man is free to adopt and profess any religion, which, under the guidance of reason, he believes to be true.” -Pope Pius IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, 1792-1878), Romish Pope (1846-1878). “Condemned Opinions.” Nice. ::sigh:: -J! The Quotable...
Norway’s Prime Minister is a liberal atheist, they have one of the best...– Matthew Trevithick, responding to this story, “Former Bush Official Places Blame For Oslo Attack On Norwegians For Not Being ‘Serious’ About Terrorism,” with a comment that wins the universe. (via cognitivedissonance)
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.26.11
“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man… perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind… a mere contrivance [for the clergy] to filch wealth and power to themselves.” -Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. president. Deist and adamant church-state separationist. The Quotable Atheist
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.25.11
“Self-righteousness is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt within us.” -Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American social thinker and, until age 65, longshoreman: dubbed “the Longshoreman Philosopher.” No university education. The best-known of his ten books, The True Believer (1951), a study of political and religious mass movements, argued that self-righteousness and...
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.22.11
“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.” -Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French Renaissance essayist. His personal motto was “What do I know?” At age 38, Montaigne locked himself in his library and remained in almost total isolation for ten years while he wrote his Essays. Influenced thinkers from Pascal, Nietzsche, Emerson...
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.21.11
“The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for real happiness. The demand to give up the illusions about its condition is the demand to give up a condition that needs illusions.” -Karl Marx (1818-1883), German-Jewish social and political philosopher/economist/troublemaker. His father, although descended from a long line of rabbis, and although a...
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.20.11
“When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, didn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me.” -Emo Phillips (Philip Soltanec, 1956- ), sublimely goofy American comedian. A silly one today. :-P -J! The Quotable Atheist
Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.19.11
“I don’t find any difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalists. I believe religion is the root, and from the root fundamentalism grows as a poisonous stem… Maybe liberal Muslims are morally decent, but they’re not following Islam honestly. Fundamentalists are.” -Dr. Taslima Nasreen (1962- ), Bangladeshi Muslim-born atheist physician/writer/feminist/human...
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Quotable Atheist quote of the day 7.18.11
After the great San Fransisco earthquake/fire of 1906, clergymen said the catastrophe was divine retribution for the city’s wicked ways. It so happened that a warehouse and its contents — thousands of barrels of highly flammable whiskey — survived in the heart of the inferno. Charles Kellogg Field scribbled a ditty, later inscribed on a plaque that still hangs on the building: “If, as...