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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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George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

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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

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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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Comment was by Loren Miller on Monday

Everyone has gods. You just don't think they're gods.
-- Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)

With all due respect, Terry ... BULLSHIT. There are people I admire, those whose words and opinions I find particularly insightful or pithy, and those I enjoy learning from, but I Don't Worship ANY Of Them. From where I sit, there are NO gods, Terry.

Not a one.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Sunday

The Church of England is the Tory Party at prayer

Benjamin Disraeli

Comment was by Mrs.B on Sunday

I still say it all belongs in the places of worship, NOT schools, the workplace, hospitals, government buildings.....

Comment was by Loren Miller on Sunday

Terry, several years ago, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist gave a talk entitled, "Get Them While They're Young."  He isn't the only one to observe that religions want to indoctrinate children before they have the means to understand what's being shoved down their throats, but considering his own personal experience and what he went through with his theologian parents, I find his take on the subject particularly worthy of consideration.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Sunday

I'm afraid that hope goes out of the window as long as we allow faith schools to teach anti-scientific creationism. We can't stop parents teaching their religion but we should be able to prevent state-funded schools from doing so.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on Sunday

... and the answer to your excellent quotable question is that gods were created by the minds of certain types of humans to make it easy for them to patriarchically rule the sheep-like masses who just don't think. 

If only we could prevent children from being indoctrinated when young and vulnerable.   

Comment was by Loren Miller on Sunday

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honorable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes, even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.
-- H. P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft utterly NAILS it here. If religions genuinely HAD the truth, they wouldn't shrink away from challenges to their beliefs, because their beliefs would be based in fact and truth. Instead we get lame explanations from apologists and "Thou shalt not test the lord thy god!" and crap of that nature. Under these circumstances, believers demand that questioning their god becomes verboten, and as it comes to that:

Why is it that this supposedly almighty god can do anything and know anything, but cannot withstand skepticism? A god that shrinks from a simple question is pathetic and not worthy of recognition, let alone worship.
-- me

Comment was by Chris B on Sunday

C of E seems to me the most aceptable sort of christianity, thanks to Elizabeth I.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Saturday

 Grinning Cat we in the UK often make fun of the Church of England and how it allows non-believing priests. Only joking but sometimes it seems that way.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on Saturday

Orthodox Judaism doesn't teach any sort of original curse on women, but still maintains gender roles with women responsible for the home and raising children, and therefore generously exempted from many of the commandments -- a supposed "equality" where women still aren't clergy, deciders of the rules, or leaders over men... and where in insular communities they're often uneducated, subject to abuse, and victims of the one-sided divorce rules.

More liberal Judaisms like Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Jewish Renewal, and (if nontheistic communities and practices are "religions") humanistic Judaism get it right, that women are people, full and equal members of the community in practice as well as theory.

Arguably, liberal religions got that way because of secular thought such as the Enlightenment, and often in spite of their founding principles.

 

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