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Stephen commented on Doone's group Humans of Earth and a Cheat, a Liar, a Fraud, a Bully, a Racist, a Predator, a Con man who is a useful Russian Idiot aka a Man with No Money Named Scump News
"You almost have to admire Scump for his bald-faced lying. He gets caught red-handed lying about his…"
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Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
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Stephen commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
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Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
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Stephen commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Brian Keith Dalton (Mr Deity) used to work with prager when he was still a Mormon and he knows what…"
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Mrs.B commented on Doone's group Humans of Earth and a Cheat, a Liar, a Fraud, a Bully, a Racist, a Predator, a Con man who is a useful Russian Idiot aka a Man with No Money Named Scump News
"Not a surprise. Mary's book said none of the trumps liked to pay taxes & many times,…"
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Mrs.B commented on Doone's group World History before that Idiot Took Power
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Doone commented on Doone's group Humans of Earth and a Cheat, a Liar, a Fraud, a Bully, a Racist, a Predator, a Con man who is a useful Russian Idiot aka a Man Named Scump News
"Donald Trump Has Been Losing Money Every Year Since 2012 KEVIN DRUM18 HOURS AGO As we all know by…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Oh, gad ... PRAGER! [gag-retch!]  Why that man cannot get to an understanding of morality…"
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Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
""If There Is No God, Murder Is ...""
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Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.~ Arthur C.…"
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Stephen commented on Doone's group World History before that Idiot Took Power
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Stephen replied to Grinning Cat's discussion You've created God in your own image when... in the group Quote Of The Day
"Mary Baker Eddy. I couldn't agree with you more."
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Stephen commented on Loren Miller's blog post Oppose the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett
"Onyango in any half-decent system that would be what happens. The Republicans are truly a…"
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Onyango Makagutu commented on Loren Miller's blog post Oppose the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett
"Given that the same senate refused to consider Garland even for a courtesy hearing, the issue, for…"
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Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
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Onyango Makagutu replied to Grinning Cat's discussion You've created God in your own image when... in the group Quote Of The Day
"Having one or two people considered respectable to believe in your BS works a long way to get…"
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Loren Miller replied to Grinning Cat's discussion You've created God in your own image when... in the group Quote Of The Day
"It seems to me that what you need, more than any other element, is a credulous audience, one which…"
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Onyango Makagutu replied to Grinning Cat's discussion You've created God in your own image when... in the group Quote Of The Day
"Creating gods is one of the easiest things i have discovered. More often than not, a sick…"
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Quote Of The Day

A place to post favorite quotes about atheism and other significant topics

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I have been an atheist, and likely much longer.  There is a fascination in me of those who are sufficiently skilled in language that they structure words into concepts and ideas and proposed actions which grab my attention and interest, whether it is John F. Kennedy's unabashed statement: "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," Robert A. Heinlein's blunt expression: "If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it.  Talking doesn't prove it. SHOW people," or Captain Kirk's subtle yet important tactical observation, having encountered and been challenged by the dauntingly huge First Federation vessel: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... Poker!"

Certainly, atheism has had its share of skilled spokespeople, whose words have inspired and driven us, whether it was Madalyn Murray O'Hair, saying: "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church," or Sam Harris, who noted that: "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," or Aron Ra's far more succinct: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."

Consciously or unconsciously, I suspect all of us have learned and grown from such words and many others, becoming stronger and more mature, not just in our atheism but in ourselves, having heard such words as these, and that is the point of this group: not to just deal in quotes which praise and promote atheism but which advance the cause of knowledge, self-understanding and self-ownership.  Each of us have likely heard someone say something and think, "Wow!" and resonated to the significance of what they heard.

That's what I want to do here: share, learn, and grow, not just from THEIR words, but our own.

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One suggestion for the main comment area of the group: Please keep your quotes to under 20 lines or 200 words.  That way, one entry won't dominate a given page of the comment area.  If you have a longer quote or speech which you think is significant, create a separate post in the group.

Please enjoy!

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You've created God in your own image when...

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Stephen 6 hours ago. 18 Replies

This one, with its context, is too long for the group comments, but in my opinion the context deserves to be more widely known. You'll probably enjoy it, whether or not you're a writer."Now,…Continue

Tags: Shitty First Drafts, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, writing

H. L. Mencken on the Scopes "Monkey Trial"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 4. 6 Replies

Hanging around Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist website has been enormously beneficial to my quote-mongering predilections.  Every so often, someone posts something brilliant, and, good little…Continue

Tags: Monkey trial, Scopes, H. L. Mencken

Aron Ra on Belief and Bull ... Well, You Know!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25. 2 Replies

From the first time I became aware of him, I have been unabashedly enamored of Aron Ra's unrelenting assault on belief and bullshit.  The following is among my very favorite of his statements…Continue

Tags: religion, bullshit, belief, Aron Ra

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Comment by Mrs.B on September 19, 2020 at 2:02pm

Too bad she was forced to apologize for calling scump a faker.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2020 at 7:04am

My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
-- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

You must have heard the news by now: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last night, sometime in the early evening. As for her "most fervent wish," for all the lip service I am sure she will get from the right, Trump and Mitch McConnell will pay no more attention to that than they would any other such request which would stand in the way of their ongoing desire for more power.

It's time to go to the mat for our dear Notorious RBG, people. Those of us who are US citizens, get a hold of your Senators and make it absolutely, utterly, crystalline clear to them that Justice Ginsburg's Request Should Be HONORED, and in the observance, NOT in the breach!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2020 at 7:44am

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
-- Fred Rogers

In the here and now, and especially with madness like Trump and COVID-19 running loose, Mr. Rogers' advice is a profound reminder of what is both necessary and encouraging to our lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2020 at 7:01pm

This site stimulates thought and clarity of values. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2020 at 6:57pm

“Religious art can be beautiful doesn’t make religion true.”

~ Stephen Fry, Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins in Conversation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYPZwZud_PA&feature=emb_rel_end

Comment by Loren Miller on September 17, 2020 at 7:55am

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
-- Daniel Boorstin

'Nuff said.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 17, 2020 at 7:55am

News bulletin for those here assembled: I AM an American and I love my country.  Its GOVERNMENT, on the other hand, is currently a despicable mess, and because I care for my homeland, I mean to do everything in  my power to deal with that unfortunate situation.

Nota bene.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 16, 2020 at 10:09pm

Not something to be announcing, either way.

Comment by Doone on September 16, 2020 at 9:53pm

A Heinlein Quote from past that is good for 2020

"I'm an American." "What is that, a country? Or a disease?" -Robert A. Heinlein _Glory Road_ 1963
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Comment by Davy on September 16, 2020 at 11:26am

L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs-

History is but a picture of crimes and misfortunes. – Voltaire

" Es hat Weltweise gegeben welche das Leben für ein strafe hielten; aber den Tod für eine Strafe zu halten, das könnte ohne Offenbarung schlechterdings in keines Menschen Gedanken kommen, der nur seine Vernunft brauchte."

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781). – Wie die Alien den Tod gebildet. – Prüfung.

" There have been sages who have held life to be a punishment, but to deem death a punishment could not of itself have occurred to the brain of a man who only used his reason, without revelation."

 

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