She knew nothing of Bishop Berkley, Thomas Aquinas, Nietzsche, Thomas Paine, Gandhi, Marx, Plato, St Augustine, Russell, or any of the great thinkers of the past and the present. I knew that nothing I could say would make any difference, because reason was not involved. If someone does not think, you can’t argue with them.
But there are still many who continue to marvel at the wisdom of God in so planning the universe that big rivers run by great towns, and that death comes at the end of life instead of in the middle of it. Divest [the Theist’s] pleas … of their semi-philosophic jargon, reduce his illustrations to … Continue reading
“I was never a politicised lesbian until religion reared its ugly head to attack us. But now I am! Because none of us, any more, can feel that our few, very hard-won rights are safe any more.” Anon.
“From a list of groups that also includes Muslims, recent immigrants, and homosexuals, Americans name atheists as those least likely to share their vision of American society.” Mosaic project survey
“Religion, the word itself scares most people silly. It is a word that speaks of irrational belief, naÃ¯ve commitment and pathetic escapism.” Mendel Jacobson
“The worry about religious courts – Jewish or Muslim – is that they resist equal rights for women, and it is difficult to define where voluntary submission by women ends and coercion begins. Instead of proposing further ‘accommodation’ of religious law, we should be more robust in policing that boundary.” The Independent Newspaper
“The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music.” George Carlin1937 – 2008
“Half a century ago, the objective values for which the Irish hierarchy had serious regard included obstructing a health service designed to protect the lives of mothers and their children: communism by another name, the Church howled. And the poor and their babies died in droves.” Emer O'Kelly
“To describe Richard Dawkins' writings as intolerant misses the point. The problem Dawkins presents for believers is that his arguments and evidence reduce religious belief to the superstition, ritual and tribalism that it really is. He does so with such devastating efficiency that believers are left looking a bit stupid. That's merely stating his case … Continue reading
“Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” Richard Dawkins