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"Or pass on asking for medical help when they get sick."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"Nothing Fails Like Bible History 8: Sodom and Gomorrah (Part 1)"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"The next time someone says to me that they are not prepared to take the vaccine. I'd just ask…"
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"As I've said many times....if you're still among the breathing, kwitchurrbitchin'."
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Joan Denoo commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Yes, lockdown offers challenges, especially when we expect problems and conflicts to resolve in the…"
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Ian Mason commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"A fun one, Stephen."
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"That's really well done!"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Cant hurry lockdown You've got to have a laugh, haven't you?"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Can't argue with that."
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Yes, but living people will find a way. Dead people can't do anything."
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"Ian. That's right most of the old-style pubs have gone out of business. If a pub…"
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Yes, money is not more important than life. We live just fine within our means....our mortgage is…"
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Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Exactly."
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"My impression is that many British pubs have started to serve food to bring in customers. Many were…"
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"Joan, the current Social Democrat government has wide, general support in its actions re, the virus…"
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A Shot In The Arm

For a while, there, it was an absolute truism that among the single most frustrating activities one…See More
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Quote Of The Day

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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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Sam Harris - First Rebuttal Against William Lane Craig

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Feb 3. 4 Replies

The following is OLD, not quite 10 years old, presuming that the video was released not long after the Notre Dame debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig.  That doesn't change the fact that,…Continue

Tags: rebuttal, debate, christianity, William Lane Craig, Sam Harris

The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in the United State

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 16. 1 Reply

Loren, have you seen this article? The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in…Continue

WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Jan 6. 5 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

Tags: skills, interpersonal, &, personal

Quotes from Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 3. 4 Replies

A few long quotes from Twain's Letters From the Earth, out of the way of the main Quote of the Day…Continue

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Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 24, 2021 at 8:31am

Superb.

And yet billions worldwide live in this fantasy world of daily unanswered prayer because of the mental comfort it apparently gives them. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 24, 2021 at 7:51am

What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.
-- Steve Buscemi (From the movie “The Island”)

Seems to me that something that doesn't exist has no choice but to ignore you. Then, too, how could that something even exercise choice?!? [grin!]

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 23, 2021 at 7:53am

To find yourself, think for yourself.
-- Socrates

Succinct and apt, I think! [grin!]

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2021 at 5:09pm

Loren, the Clive Barker quote states the reality of our current superstitions as well as the ancient ones. I like the way he expresses his insight, straight forward, clear, honest, accurate. I borrow just a snippet of it: 

"I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort."
-- Clive Barker

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2021 at 4:41pm

@OnyangoI found the whole quote:

"The great men, who in France prepared men’s minds for the coming revolution, were themselves extreme revolutionists. They recognized no external authority of any kind whatever. Religion, natural science, society, political institutions – everything was subjected to the most unsparing criticism: everything must justify its existence before the judgment-seat of reason or give up existence. Reason became the sole measure of everything. It was the time when, as Hegel says, the world stood upon its head [1]; first in the sense that the human head, and the principles arrived at by its thought, claimed to be the basis of all human action and association; but by and by, also, in the wider sense that the reality which was in contradiction to these principles had, in fact, to be turned upside down. Every form of society and government then existing, every old traditional notion, was flung into the lumber-room as irrational; the world had hitherto allowed itself to be led solely by prejudices; everything in the past deserved only pity and contempt. Now, for the first time, appeared the light of day, the kingdom of reason; henceforth superstition, injustice, privilege, oppression, were to be superseded by eternal truth, eternal Right, equality based on Nature and the inalienable rights of man."

~ Frederick Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. Chapter I [The Development of Utopian Socialism]. Second paragraph. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 22, 2021 at 1:36pm

Yes.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 22, 2021 at 7:56am

It's been suggested that if the super-naturalists really had the powers they claim, they'd win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science. Either way, why are they wasting their talents doing party turns on television?

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.

-- Richard Dawkins

Seconded wholeheartedly, Dr. Dawkins!

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 21, 2021 at 11:34am

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
-- Carl Sagan

Well put, Carl...

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 20, 2021 at 2:09pm

Looks spot on to me.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on January 20, 2021 at 8:52am

Why, I agree with Barker too

 

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