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"Morality is doing what is right, regardless of what we're told,
Religions dogma is doing what we are told, no matter what is right."
Andy Thomson - At the American Atheist 09 Conference.

"If Religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young
into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth,
irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences."
H P Lovecraft

"The god excuse: The last refuge of the man with no answers and no argument." - George Carlin

"Religions tells children that they might go to Hell, and they MUST believe.
Science tells children they came from the stars, and presents reasoning they CAN believe."
- Philhellenes

"People who don't want you to think, are never your friend."- QualiaSoup

If the same person is offering you salvation that is threatening you with punishment,
it's not really salvation; it's terrorism and extortion."
- UnKnown

"Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"
- Dr. Peter Boghossian

"If your fundamentalists are faith healers, snake handlers,
child abusers, sexists, racists and anti-gay bigots...
There's something wrong with your fundamentals."
- Ronnelle Adams

"How can saying that people who do not believe in your fairy tale will suffer the horrible consequences of your fairy tale, be taken seriously?" - Mike Martinez

"Once we pull the curtain back and see who's pulling the strings and playing the Wizard,
we can NOT dump our knowledge and become religious.
If anyone can do that, they were never really an atheist. One cannot unlearn facts."

- Davie C.

"Christians and Muslims are peaceful and productive members of modern society in direct proportion to how much they leave the literal teachings of their scriptures behind." - Larry Rhodes

"The universe was created by an all-powerful all-knowing being who came down to us in the form of a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father who can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him 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."
-- Every Christian (from

Doug Jesseph: "As an atheist, I deny the existence of all Gods: those of the Mayans, the Hindu, the Ancient Egyptians, and the God of the Old and New Testaments. If I am right, all of these are fictional constructs invented by clever humans for ... a variety of purposes, ranging from psychological comfort to entertainment."

"Every fact is an enemy of the church. Every fact is a heretic.
Everything that ever really happened testifies against the supernatural."
--Robert G. Ingersoll

"Iíve never seen faith move mountains, but Iíve seen what it can do to skyscrapers." -anonymous-

"YOU MUST BELIEVE! Now answer me honestly. Is that something that the creator of the universe would command? Why would it care what the inhabitants of one infinitesimally small planet believe? BUT it would be vitally important to a preacher. Who's income and position are directly tied to what you believe. Remember, every Holy Book ever written was written by preachers." - Larry Rhodes

"Religion calls what is rational, irrational.
Calls What is reasonable, stupidity.
Calls What is invisible and undetectable, absolutely obvious.
Calls What is contradictory, consistent.
Calls What is unjust, perfect Justice.
Defines "modern evidence", as "opinion".
Calls what gives people dignity, shameful.
Calls ignorance, knowledge.
Calls what is true, a lie.

The tactics are obvious, and surprisingly simple.
Just turn reality on it's head. For only by doing that
Can organized religion seem defensible, and at all Believable."
- Philhellenes (YouTube vid "To all religious teenagers")

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"Faith enables a person to fool himself into thinking that
he is maintaining his standards of reasonableness, while forsaking them."
-- Sam Harris, excerpt from an article in the Washington Post.

"The difference between lawyers and preachers?
You pay lawyers to lie FOR you,
but you pay preachers to lie TO you."
- Larry Rhodes

"Freethinkers know that meaning must originate in a mind. Since the universe is mindless and the cosmos does not care, you must care, if you wish to have purpose." NEPA Freethought FAQ

"FAITH is Awesome!
With FAITH you can believe ANYTHING!"
- Larry Rhodes

"Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centures since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly."
- Isaac Asimov, Canadian Atheists Newsletter, 1994

"If we accept Religion's version of human history, we are denying our own true history, the actual human story. Homo Sapiens have endured for a 150,000 years, not 6,000. We have survived global catastrophes (ex: The Toba Caldera Eruption, the Yellowstone Eruption, and an Ice Age), and have battled the Neanderthal for human supremacy of the planet. We have fought the mighty Mammoth, the Mastodon, and the Saber-Tooth tiger. And, in spite of this, and in spite of being constantly plagued by superstition and religion, we have managed to develop Reason and the Scientific Method to finely honed tools for examining, and explaining, the universe around us"
Larry Rhodes.

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free
is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
- Lord Acton, The History of Freedom and Other Essays, 1907

"Seems to me, Christians take their Bible, declare it an objective source for truth,
and then expect the rest of us to buy into it."
- ProfMTH, YouTube Vids.

"Mankind has two 'saints' and one 'savior'. The saints are named Logic and Reason. The savior is known as Science. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately if you're clergy, no religion has ever made the aquaintance of these august personages.
Jeff I.

"Why would a God create people so imperfect, and then blame them for his own imperfections. Then send his own son to be murdered by those imperfect people, to make up for how imperfect those people were. And how imperfect they were inevitably going to be. I mean, what a crazy idea."
Julia Sweeney Excerpt from her own deconversion story.

"A clergyman is a man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs
as a method of bettering his earthly ones."
Ambrose Bierce

"I don't travel in circles where people say, "I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith." That's just a long-winded religious way to say, "shut up," or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, "How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do."
- Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller)

"God is obsessed with the degree that people worship Him, and is anxious to punish, with the most awful torments, those who don't worship Him in the right way."

Steven Weinberg

"The god of the Old Testament has got to be the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it, petty, vindictive, unjust, unforgiving, racist, an ethnic-cleanser urging his people on to acts of genocide."

Richard Dawkins

"If the lord had meant us to have faith, he'd have given us lobotomies."

"Hence today, I believe I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord." - Hitler (Mein Kampf)

"Until it is proven, God is a theory, and the burden of proof of a theory is on those positing the theory --not on the world to disprove the theory."
"All humans are brothers. Religion turns brothers against each other."
"Religion is an extremely divisive force in society. There is a fine line between religion and ethnic pride. There is an even finer line between ethnic pride and racism."

Quotes by Harold A. Meyer III

"The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around."
Herb Caen (b. 1916), U.S. columnist, author. San Francisco Chronicle (20 July 1981)

The Church attacked the habit of the bath on the ground that everything which makes the body more attractive tends towards sin Dirt was praised and the odor of sanctity became more and more penetrating. 'The purity of the body and its garments,' said St. Paula, 'means the impurity of the soul.' ( Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Vol. IV, p. 31.) Lice were called the pearls of God, and to be covered with them was an indispensable mark of a holy man. (M. M.p48/9)
Bertrand Russell

"Well, why did the Puritans come to this country?" a teacher asked his history class.
"To worship in their own way and to make other people do the same" was the reply.
Frank Zindler

"The Theologian is an owl, sitting on an old dead branch in the tree of human knowledge, and hooting the same old hoots that have been hooted for hundreds and thousands of years, but he has never given a hoot for progress."
Robert G. Ingersoll from "The Ghosts"

"I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true."
Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism

"One might be asked "How can you prove that a god does not exist?"
One can only reply that it is scarcely necessary to disprove what has never been proven in the first place."
David A. Spitz

"God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed."
Luis Buquel

"I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil."
Clarence Darrow, quoted from Art Thomas (with Emanuel Haldeman-Julius), "Clarence Darrow"

"The first religions were created by shamans and witch-doctors,
and some would say that we're still answering to them."
- Larry Rhodes

What is the difference between someone who is convinced and one who is deceived?
None, if he is well deceived.

"[Religions] require that you make religious belief a higher priority than the relationships between human beings." Even you're own family. - Amanda - Article "Atheism Doesnít Merit An Intervention" on the Friendly Atheist Blog.

"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood".
George Carlin

"Faith (n): What your preacher says you have to have so that you'll believe all the other stuff he wants to tell you." - Unknown

The Riddle of Epicurus
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
(Translated and paraphrased by a PAM volunteer, name withheld.)

"My skin still crawls when I hear the wondrous complexity of the modern world ascribed to the wisdom of some god or other. I find myself thinking, it is such explanations that dull us, quiet us, prevent us from looking further. This world is here, let us explore it. Let us not make such banal exultations that subtly put it beyond our potential understanding."
An Anonymous Atheist

Dan Barker (preacher turned atheist) Quotes

"The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"
"I never knew real joy until I regained possession of my own mind."
"How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"
[On prayer] "To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance."

"The established religions should be rejected as the work of power hungry men, not higher powers.
Religion is and always has been a tool for mass population control."
- James Casey (read more here)

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
Carl Sagan

"God so hated the world, that he sent his only son, so that whoever does not believe in him will perish and burn in hell for ever and ever." - Anonymous

"When you talk to God, it's called prayer. When God talks to you, it's called schizophrenia" - Unknown

"The Catholic Church is the world's oldest criminal organization"
Kwame Somburu, 2004, in a radio interview with the Infidel Guy

"Any violence which does not spring from a spiritual base, will be wavering and uncertain.
It lacks the stability which can only rest in a fanatical outlook."
Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 171

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." Susan B. Anthony - in 1896, addressing the National American Woman Suffrage Association meeting

"Stating that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."
George Bernard Shaw

"Religion has not civilized man - man has civilized religion." - Robert Ingersoll

"The priests used to say that faith can move mountains, and nobody believed them.
Today the scientists say that they can level mountains, and nobody doubts them."
Joseph Campbell

"Atheism is a requirement for a complete human being. Religion is a crutch that is shackled to you, one you never really needed in the first place, but were convinced by others that you couldn't live without. Once you discover it's only an illusion, that it's not even a real crutch, you discard it gladly." - Brent Yaciw

"Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge. " Ayn Rand

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because
such schools have no religious instruction."
- Adolph Hilter - April 26, 1933, in a speech made during
negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant.

"You conquered us, not fairly in battle but by infecting us with your foul diseases; you stole our land and shut us up into open-air cages; you trapped the animals and burnt the forests we depended on for food and shelter; worst of all, you robbed us of our Great Spirit and put your own horrible scarecrow in its place."
Montreal Expo, Canadian Indian exhibit (Paraphrased)

"The way to make money is to start your own religion."
L. Ron Hubbard, father of Scientology, 1954

" argue with a man who has renouced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead."
Robert Ingersoll's Works, Vol. 1, p.127

"I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so"
Adolph Hitler, to Gen. Gerhard Engel, 1941

"It seems to me that with or without religion good people will behave well and bad people will do evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." So says Steven Weinberg, Nobel physicist.

Larry Rhodes and Faithless Forrest as hosts of Knoxville's own weekly Freethought Forum <BR> call-in TV Show.
Larry Rhodes and Faithless Forrest as Hosts of Knoxville's own weekly Freethought Forum
call-in TV Show. Click picture for YouTube Archives of show.

"To rule by fettering the mind through fear of punishment in another world, is just as base as to use force."
Hypatia (c. 370-415 CE)
This site is dedicated to Hypatia , a true martyr for knowledge. She was a mathematician, scientist, philosopher,
and the Head Librarian of the Great Library of Alexandria.
She was flayed and killed by Christians, and the great library was burned.
, the leader of the Christians, was later made a saint by the Catholic Church.

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