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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.

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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

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Comment was by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2022 at 8:23pm

Is there anything more pathetic than an insecure deity? I think not!
--Loren Miller

Towards the end of Heinlein's Job: A Comedy of Justice, "God's god" makes an appearance, and it's noted that Yahweh is an exception, an outlier, in requiring worship and praise from his followers.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 24, 2022 at 8:04am

Here follow some apt quotes with regard to recent correspondence from the hundreds in my atheist quotation book "Q":

Thomas Paine: "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolise power and profit." Page 112.

Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez: "God should be executed for crimes against humanity." Page 117.

Hitler: "What luck for rulers that men do not think." Page 31

Loren C. Miller: "There is no more absurd notion than expecting either peace or harmony from a brutal, bloodthirsty, vindictive god." Page 224

Archbishop of Canterbury, 2015: "The church's sporadic record of compelling obedience to its teachings through violence and coercion is a cause for humility and shame." Page 224. 

"The advance by creep of foreign religions into our culture will affect us all, whether we are religious or not. So, stand up for your right not to be ruled by superstition." National Secular Society. Page 230.

Justice William O. Douglas: "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we must all be most aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." Page 88.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 24, 2022 at 7:03am

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
-- Bertrand Russell

Is there anything more pathetic than an insecure deity? I think not!

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 24, 2022 at 6:38am

The short form, Davy, goes like this:

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte

Except that the poor (read the middle class) are getting increasingly pissed off at the rich and their blatantly excessive wealth, never mind getting wise to the bullshit which is religion, to the point where a modern-day version of the French Revolution could find itself being played out in the US.

Comment was by Davy on January 24, 2022 at 6:04am

Actually Auntie organised religion is an outcome of the very societal structure that the people developed for the upper echelons of that society had to have a way to protect themselves from the lower echelons of that society.
Your societal structure is hierarchical with each layer of the society having its privileges and  entitlements starting with the lowest in the structure having zero and each layer above them receives some, those above them get even more and so on till the very upper echelon holding the most privileges and entitlements which they themselves give to themselves and those below them cannot do a thing about it or there are dire consequences should they try to strip them of the privilege or entitlement.

It is a structure built on Inequality and such breeds the sociopath, psychopath and a lot of other aberrant psychological phenomena.
It breeds the "I am better than you" attitudes that people hold.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2022 at 2:40am

I often wondered how the Germans citizens, during WW II could commit such atrocities, how the Japanese could have been so cruel in China, or how Belgium could have cut off the hands of wives and children if their husbands and fathers did not bring enough rubber from the forest, or how the  Pilgrims could have massacred the Pequot Native populations of the Americas or The Europeans who used the Natives' generosity for their own advantage then they feigned friendship with the Native Americans, but once allowed into their villages the Europeans killed Native Americans for the land.

Oh! let's come to more recent times, to the enslavement of Blacks by whites. Reading journals of the survivors of slavery render me to tears. How can a person who claims to be civilized do what they did? 

These must be examples of "blinkered thinking!" How else could one be so cruel as an individual in each of the events? 

It is my claim that religion was a major mechanism by which such atrocities could have occurred!

Comment was by Chris B on January 24, 2022 at 12:47am

The antidote is authenticity, sure, but how does it work against believers and fascists? You can find your own balance if you're authentic, but as far as I've seen it only angers them more, and it never makes then rethink everything anew. Who's got the answers?

Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 23, 2022 at 7:04pm

Eloquently expressed Ruth. Can we ever hope to overcome such people and their selfish thinking, seeing that it is impossible to reason with them? 

As for Putin, Stephen, whether Putin believes in the Church or not (he likely doesn't), he needs the Church on his side because it helps in empowering himself over the people. 

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 23, 2022 at 4:07pm

Remember Ruth Putin is being supported and urged on by those black-clad nationalist priests of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2022 at 3:52pm

On Fareed Zakaria today a consultant said that Putin regards the countries bordering Russia as either vassals or enemies. I see this as another example of the blinkered thinking to which you refer, Terence, in the bible. It's also the same kind of blinkered thinking taking over the Republican party. This most toxic version of Hierarchical (Dominator) Culture was described as the Victim-Rescuer-Persecutor triangle by Eric Berne in the 1960's. Essentially every human interaction is understood as a move in this (unaware) "game", the purpose of which is to bolster the player's ego. Nobody realizes they're limiting themselves consciously. Advantages of this self-limiting world view are that one never has to introspect (which can be uncomfortable), because everything bad is the fault of somebody else who is persecuting you. Self-righteous moral superiority is guaranteed, no matter which role you play. By collecting grievances against "enemies" one can cash them in on GUILT FREE persecution of others. It's Morally and motivationally convenient for fascists who want to engage in slaughter and genocide. People can easily be seduced into this narrow interpretation of themselves and reality, because it offers quick and effortless good feelings and requires no analytic thought. The antidote is authenticity, instead of depending on your hierarchical position (I'm better than they are) for self esteem.

 

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