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"Very weird, that."
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Ian Mason commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I don't know what I am, other than bored to tears with political things."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I'm a republican(Anti-Monarchist) an Atheist and a socialist, so I have been called all sorts…"
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"Oh yeah, playing that will make such a difference!!!....gimmee a break. We get accused of not being…"
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"The stuff to make a person feel so proud....[sarcasm]...."
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"Great lot there, huh?"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Wow. The shocking moment a Tory MP accuses the government of blackmail"
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Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"Those plans can be shoved up where the sun don't shine."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"But he has a plan for us. Anyone who uses that excuse should be kicked up the arse. And then be…"
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Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"Exactly.....not to mention allowing birth defects too."
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"Forever is a looooooong time to wait...."
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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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George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie yesterday. 3 Replies

Besides being a brilliant comedian and practiced public ranter, George Carlin was a adept student of humans and humanity – likely among the reasons why he was so accomplished at those first two…Continue

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A Quote of the Day from Loren Miller dated November 14, 2009

Started by Terence Meaden. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 18, 2021. 9 Replies

Loren Miller: “We live now in the age of science, methodology and logic, where rational thought is slowly but surely displacing superstition as the primary means of evaluating our reality, how it…Continue

New Rule: The Slow-Moving Coup – Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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If Trump’s coup attempt goes unpunished, it will be considered a training exercise. --…Continue

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Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Aug 8, 2021. 7 Replies

To be honest, I have NO idea who Brandi Carlile is (though I suppose I could Google her), but the following brief story of her illness, coma, and recovery are pretty striking. As my friends from…Continue

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

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Comment was by Loren Miller on November 22, 2021 at 7:23am

Ummm ... didn't YOU just do something like that? [giggle!]

Comment was by Terence Meaden on November 22, 2021 at 7:08am

Loren, comments as good as this---along with dozens more of yours--- should be in an atheist quotations book.

Why not put one together yourself as a tribute to the truths of atheism? Maybe you are already doing so. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 22, 2021 at 6:49am

Thank you, Terry!

Comment was by Terence Meaden on November 22, 2021 at 6:45am

Loren, your excellent comment is even better than the good one quoted. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 22, 2021 at 6:30am

When ideologies render mistaken ideas untouchable, even sacred, they guarantee ongoing human conflict, because critical thinkers are bound to carry on identifying those mistakes, generation after generation.
-- TheraminTrees, on dogma

What religion does after it insists on the "sacred" status of their ideas is even worse: they call questioning, ridiculing, or attacking those ideas: "blasphemy," and blasphemy is little more than a last-ditch attempt to defend what amounts to indefensible tripe.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 20, 2021 at 7:46am

Us atheist people, we believe we have to act properly and honestly for a moral principle and not because we expect an award in Paradise.
-- Margherita Hack

For myself, I prefer to "act properly" because it benefits both me and the society I live in; it "lifts all boats. I don't even think about any kind of "moral principle," but then I'm a pragmatic SOB! [grin!]

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 19, 2021 at 6:40am

“Religion” is a nearly useless term. It's a term like “sports”. Now there are sports like Badminton and sports like Thai Boxing, and they have almost nothing in common apart from breathing. There are sports that are just synonymous with the risk of physical injury or even death … There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam. The claim that Islam is a religion of peace that we hear ceaselessly reiterated is completely delusional. Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence. Gandhi got his non-violence from the Jains. The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralyzed by their pacifism. Jain extremists can't take their eyes off the ground when they walk lest they step on an ant... Needless to say they are vegetarian. So, the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam.
-- Sam Harris

Initially, I was just going to post part of the above quote, but I thought it was more important to have Harris' complete statement here, because it does indeed give a fuller expression to the problems associated with what is currently called, religion in the 21st century.

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 18, 2021 at 1:37pm

I'm just fine with the ''gaps''.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 18, 2021 at 6:23am

Science knows it doesn't know everything; otherwise, it'd stop. But just because science doesn't know everything doesn't mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairy tale most appeals to you.
-- Dara Ó Briain

The whole "god of the gaps" business is one of the more absurd propositions suggested by believers. It implies that science explains SOME things, while god explains those things which are as yet unknown. The problem, of course, is that the explanations for those unknowns eventually get revealed and the gaps filled, and god has yet one more place where it can't reside.

And god is slowly but surely being squeezed out of its own creation! How ironic is that?

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 17, 2021 at 2:17pm

Good one Stephen.

 

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