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Old March 3rd, 2011 #161
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Preserved Smith. American historian (1880-1941):

There an be no doubt that the Bible . . . became a stumbling block in the path of progress, scientific, social and even moral. It was quoted against Copernicus as it was against Darwin.

The common assumption, hardly disputed even now, that the moral influence of the Bible has been wholly good, and that all that is needed to improve our society is to "spread the gospel," is not borne out by a candid study of history.
 
Old March 3rd, 2011 #162
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Benito Mussolini. Italian dictator (1883-1945):

Religion is a species of mental disease. It has always had a pathological reaction on mankind.

The God of the theologians is the creation of their empty heads.

The history of the saints is mainly the history of insane people.

Note: In order to obtain the cooperation of the Vatican and thereby consolidate his authority in Italy, Mussolini abandoned his public support of atheism during the late twenties, and by the early thirties he regularly attended church services.
 
Old March 3rd, 2011 #163
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Adolph Hitler. German dictator (1889-1945):

Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of human failure.

To make death easier for people, the Church holds out to them the bait of a better world. We, for our part, confine ourselves to asking man to fashion his life worthily. For this, it is sufficient for him to conform to the laws of nature.

If my presence on earth is providential, I owe it to a superior will.

Note: Raised a Catholic, Hitler kept his atheism a secret except in conversations with close friends that were recorded by Martin Bormann and later published by Hugh Trevor-Roper.
 
Old November 26th, 2011 #164
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George H. Smith. American author (1949- ):

God is not matter; neither is nonexistence. God does not have limitations; neither does non-existence. God is not visible; neither is nonexistence. Goes does not change; neither does nonexistence. God cannot be described; neither can nonexistence. And so on down the list of negative predicates. If the theist wishes to distinguish his belief in God from the belief in nothing at all, he must give some positive substance to the concept of God.

If the atheist complains that omnipotence is impossible, or that a benevolent God cannot be reconciled with the existence of evil in the universe, the Christian retreats into the unknowable god of agnosticism. Man, we are told, cannot understand the ways of God. We have now uncovered an important principle: Scratch the surface of a Christian and you will find an agnostic. The Christian God is simply the agnostic god with window dressing.

Why does the Christian employ two concepts, reason and faith, to designate different methods of acquiring knowledge, instead of just using the concept of reason by itself? . . . The answer is obvious: the Christian wishes to claim as knowledge beliefs that have not been (and often cannot be) rationally demonstrated, so he posits faith as an alternative method of acquiring knowledge. Faith permits the Christian to claim the status of truth for a belief even though it cannot meet the rational test of truth.

Atheism is not the destruction of morality; it is the destruction of supernatural morality. Likewise, atheism is not the destruction of happiness and love; it is the destruction of the idea that happiness and love can be achieved only in another world. Atheism brings these ideas down to earth, within the reach of man's mind. What he does with them after this point is a matter of choice. If he discards them in favor of pessimism and nihilism, the responsibility lies with him, not with atheism.
 
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Jessie Ventura. Governor of Minnesota (1951- ):

Religion: a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people.
 
Old November 26th, 2011 #166
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9-11 graffiti quoted by Maureen Dowd, April 7, 2002:

Dear God, save us from the people who believe in you.
 
Old November 27th, 2011 #167
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Got it from a book review here; http://greatnewstory.com/home/faith/...rth-lying-for/

“Everyone knows that good men do good and bad men do bad but for good men to do bad it takes religion.”
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