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Top 10 quotes about religion

"Religion is the opiate of the people."
Karl Marx
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"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

Dalai Lama
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Robert Ingersoll

"When I became convinced that the universe is natural – that all ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain … the joy of freedom… . I was free – free to think, to express my thoughts … free to live for myself and those I loved … free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope … free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the ‘inspired’ books that savages have produced … free from popes and priests … free from sanctified mistakes and holy lies … free from the fear of eternal pain … free from devils, ghosts and gods… . There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought … no following another’s steps … no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words."
3

“Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"”

Annie Dillard American Author.
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“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

? Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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"To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”

Christopher Hitchens
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"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."

- Blaise Pascal
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? George Carlin

“Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”
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"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."

Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
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" It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

Charles Darwin

Comments (6)

RobertMJ575
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
- Blaise Pascal

YES THIS IS TRUE BEST GO LOOK AT ISLAM KILL FOR ALLAH GET SEX
RobertMJ575
AND IT WAS ATHEIST WHO BROUGHT ON THE CRAP TODAY WITH THEIR INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN AND IT WAS AESTHETICS WHO MADE MARXISM AND COMMUNISM WHICH CREATED MONSTERS LIKE STALIN AND LENNON WHO KILLED 10'S OF MILLIONS WHOSE EMPIRE THE SOVIET UNION FELL AFTER 75 YEARS AND IT WAS ATHEIST WHO MADE THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS PARTY WHO IS HARVESTING ORGANS FROM LIVING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN A GOD
HEY ATHEISTS YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY EVERY NATION YOU MADE IS A FAILURE

BUT FUNNY HOW IF ONE LOOKS ATE JESUS EVEN WITH JUST A WAY OF LIFE SEEMS TO LEAD TO A HIGHLY EVOLVED CIVILIZATION LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR SELF ?/ THE GOLDEN RULE DIDN'T COME FROM ANTI THEISTS ATHEISTS. THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA IS YOU CAN BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT BUT DON'T MISQUOTE JEFFERSON BY CUTTING OFF HIS COMPLETE STATEMENT.
AS FAR AS GEORGE CARLIN GOES AND LENNON YEP THEY ARE BOTH SINGING A VERY LOUD DIFFERENT TUNE RIGHT NOW
Religion is a comfort for many a belief in something supernatural greater and bigger and better than the hellishness of people's lives religion by it's very nature is open to be taken over by wicked abusive people and they do on a regular basis .All religions are just a massive cult . There is no God and people just suspend their rational mind in order to believe, to fit in be part of a religion a culture an identity it's easier to fit in be part of the cult than to stand alone and think for yourself .Religion is for weak minded people who choose the easier path or so they hope . No suprise priests always refer to their congregation as their flock as in flock of sheep ( I was raised Catholic til I came to my senses around age 12 yrs old ) . If one sheep runs left they'll all follow won't bother looking will just go Willy nilly dash around in panic that's what a religious flock of people does too .The problem is church leaders have power and are not afraid to use misuse it . .the thing i find most telling is how a beleiver will get so angry and attack an atheist which I believe is because they know as an atheist you're right but they desperately hang on to the security of being part of the herd . Personally I've nothing against believers I just kinda pity them really for being so dumb and so weak ..
ener64
does any one on here know and understand what religion is? so far I would say a big fat no.
I guess people on here say you can jump up and come down 10 different ways. or 100
I guess these people like to change the law of physics.
people I read so far have no idea. yet they love to say something, why?

far as I know their is two sides for things, not 100

up and down, night and day etc.
Andy_J10
Shouldn't the titel be "Top ten atheist quotes about religon"?

I think people will be be "evil" or "bad" whatever. Just they use the general consensus view as an excuse to hide behind.

So Wars of Royal Succession, Nepoleanic Wars, World War I, World War II, Stalin, Korean War, Vietnam War - I fail to see the religious connection. Also I think I could find many other examples, and a good historian even more.

Sure the Crusades and the 30 Years War were religious, but staying with a western christain perspective "the colonial wars" - they were really about empire building. However during this time period "the age of discovery" - missionaries were really active, peacefully spreading their beliefs. Furthermore, thousands of them, and those they had converted were executed. Should we say these colonial conquests and missonary campaigns were the same thing? Or two things happening at the same time?

What do you think about the Japanese Shogun Period? The Portuguese and the Dutch tried to establish trade, but at the same time the Japanese saw Christianity as a destabilising force, and so killed thousands of Christians. Were these Christains part of an attempt to spread "the Good News" like the early Christains during the Roman period and Dark Ages or part of a Colonial plan?

Religion is not a corrupt political institution of power, though such an institution may claim it is.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by those without knowledge of things without parallel.

-- Ambrose Bierce
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