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"So long as we're talking about Martin Luther:Luther had it right, too.  Reason deals with…"
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"sauce Hollandaise."
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"A good adaptation to the circumstances, Stephen, so you can at least share."
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Chris B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"That Martin Luther quote is terrifying!"
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Mrs.B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Would you like a little soy sauce with that?....hahahaha."
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Chris B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"And I'll copy your sports defense, GC, I think I'll need it."
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Chris B commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Funny, Patricia! I think I'll eat a tulip now."
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"“You just gotta have faith” No ... I do NOT."
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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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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 Joan Denoo on January 27, 2021 at 12:46am

"I'll pray for you!" I realize this is an old video, but I laugh every time I hear this phrase I think of a sandwich. 

Comment was by Grinning Cat on January 26, 2021 at 11:47am

On astrology:

Astrology: Because millions of planets and stars have spent billions of years lining themselves up just to let you know that you will meet someone with brown eyes today. [thedragoninmygarage.tumblr]

Comment was by Grinning Cat on January 26, 2021 at 11:44am

Loren, I agree that we need the word "atheism" as long as it's not a corollary of "awake" and "thinking" and "observing the world as it is".

Two thoughts on astrology (which some 29% of US adults still believe in):

1) It's unfortunate that the pseudoscience claimed the "-logy" "discourse, study" suffix that's otherwise applied to legitimate sciences. (But also to other fields, like theology.)

2) Like religion, astrology gets support in our culture. Plenty of newspapers and magazines print horoscopes, which are treated with more respect than if the fortune-cookie "predictions" were derived from coin flips or patterns of tea leaves or animal entrails.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 26, 2021 at 6:42am

Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
-- Sam Harris

I don't agree with Harris that the word, "atheism" shouldn't even exist. I think that, in the face of theists who want to dominate our culture and superimpose their hallucination on EVERYONE, an alternative point of view and nomenclature MUST exist, to provide a counterweight. I should point out that there are no astrologers or alchemists trying to persuade astronomers and chemists to their way of thinking. This is NOT the case with religion, however, and their caustic and irrational points of view need to be met with firm and informed resistance.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2021 at 5:36am

Chris B, thanks for the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote!

Comment was by Chris B on January 26, 2021 at 3:59am

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 25, 2021 at 1:30pm

We got store-bought bread cubes, & a tiny cup of water for the sacrament, so I didn't miss anything, Onyango....hahahaha....

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 25, 2021 at 6:51am

When Galileo rejected the Vatican’s astronomical dogma, he wasn’t rejecting only their “facts” about our planet and our sun; he was also rejecting the church’s right to tell us who we are.
-- Alice Dreger, Galileo’s Middle Finger

The ONLY person who has the right to tell anyone who they are is THAT PERSON. An external party which attempts to superimpose an identity onto someone else is attempting to exercise unwarranted control on that person and should be rejected out of hand.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on January 25, 2021 at 3:26am

Mrs.B, you left too soon hahaha before they started offering lunch and all.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 24, 2021 at 4:24pm

Yeah exactly right. When I criticise religion I'm not stopping them from believing, I'm only offering them a different viewpoint one that has logic and reason as its basis.

 

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